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Michigan Announces Big Additions To Future Schedules

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The 2018 season may not have finished the way Michigan fans would have liked, but the Wolverines still have plenty to look forward to in 2019 and beyond. For instance, we now know who some of the team’s upcoming non-conference opponents will be.On Friday morning, the Michigan football team announced four future non-conference opponents for the 2021 to 2023 seasons.Per the announcement, the Wolverines have added Western Michigan and Northern Illinois from the MAC to their 2021 schedule.Michigan will play the Broncos in the home opener on September 4, 2021, and against the Huskies on September 18.The Western Michigan Broncos will return to the Big House for a season-opening matchup with the Wolverines on Sept. 4, 2021. Michigan has faced and hosted the cross-state institution on seven occasions, winning all seven matchups. The most recent contest was a 49-3 victory for the Wolverines this past fall.Michigan will close out the non-conference portion of its 2021 schedule against Northern Illinois on Sept. 18. The Michigan Stadium battle with the Huskies will be the second-ever meeting between the two programs; U-M was victorious in the only previous meeting, a 33-17 win in 2005.Washington (Pac-12) is currently slated as Michigan’s third non-conference opponent for the 2021 season.The team also announced that Bowling Green (MAC) would be a non-conference opponent on September 16, 2023, and Colorado State (MWC) will be playing at Ann Arbor on September 3, 2022.last_img read more

Chinese Junior Officer Dies on Australia-Bound FOC Ship

first_imgzoom The reported death of a junior officer on board the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier ”Yangtze Oasis” while the vessel was en route to Australia’s Port of Newcastle is a cause for concern, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said.The ITF expressed its concern for the remaining Chinese crew of the flag-of-convenience bulker, after the incident was reported to the New South Wales Police on October 30, prior to the vessel’s arrival to the Port of Newcastle.“We understand that a special Police Maritime investigation team travelled to Newcastle to investigate and have subsequently referred the death to the NSW coroner,” said Dean Summers, ITF National Coordinator.ITF says that their attempts ”to identify the ship Owners, Operators and Managers have been systematically blocked by Australian agents and others.” “Had this ship been a national flag or if she had been covered by an appropriate ITF agreement, we would have immediate access to owners and operators,” Summers said.“This crew is completely vulnerable and unsupported and the ITF will not stop until seafarers are treated with respect and dignity. We have been advised the Australian exporters are three mines operating in NSW – Endeavor Mines, CSA Mines and Hera Mines – and this is where the buck must stop. Australian exporters must take responsibility for hiring safe ships with responsible operators.”The vessel’s name and type correspond to the 34,000 dwt Yangtze Oasis which was built in 2013 at CIC Lixin Shipyard, part of China Shipping Industry Co., Ltd. (CIC), for New Yangtze Navigation (Hong Kong), a wholly owned subsidiary of Shanghai Changhang Shipping.The AIS data shows that the vessel is still in Newcastle.Australia’s Senate has already started an inquiry into FOC ships, prompted in part by the three deaths reported on the Sage Sagittarius back in 2012.last_img read more

Flipkart onboards 27K kirana shops to strengthen last mile delivery

first_imgNew Delhi: Walmart-owned Flipkart on Monday said it has onboarded nearly 27,000 ‘kirana’ shops across 700 cities to strengthen its pan-India supply chain ahead of the upcoming festive season. This will further strengthen and personalise e-commerce experience for its existing 160 million customers, help deepen its reach to newer geographies and consumers and support ‘kiranas’ by enhancing their income, a statement said. It will also help reach out to millions of new consumers during the upcoming festive event, The Big Billion Days, it added.last_img read more

Wife of real estate developer gets 95000 monthly alimony in Quebec divorce

first_imgMONTREAL – The ex-wife of a Quebec-based property developer has been awarded $95,000 in monthly alimony in what her lawyers are calling one of the largest divorce settlements in the province’s history.Of that amount, $75,000 is intended for her needs, while $20,000 is destined for the couple’s two children, aged 15 and 20.The total sum equals more than $1.1 million a year — one of the highest ever awarded in the province, according to her lawyers Gayrard Avocats.She also has access to a swanky home and several luxury vehicles.The French-born man and the Moroccan woman met in Paris in 1990 and married in 2004, according to recently released court documents.Their relationship began to deteriorate in 2014, shortly after they’d relocated to Quebec.In Quebec, “the parties acquired several buildings, including an opulent residence… at a cost of $6,475,000,” according to the April 5 decision.The ex-wife, who says her family’s lifestyle costs between $8 million and $10 million per year, asked for substantial child support as well as $150,000 per month for herself, $10 million in expenses and reimbursement for several costs.A court-appointed expert concluded the couple’s lifestyle amounted to between $5 million and $8 million annually.The woman told Superior Court Justice Carole Hallee the couple and their children always bought themselves “the best there was of everything.”According to the court documents, the woman said her ex “was generous and always paid all the family expenses and she never contributed.”The man, for his part, contested his ex-wife’s right to alimony, “declaring to have been very generous with her, having given her buildings and financial investments over the years.”He claimed the sums she requested were “disproportionate and unreasonable” and said he didn’t have the ability to pay them.In court, the woman testified to the couple’s sumptuous lifestyle, which included a full-time, live-in governess and housekeeper.The couple had a total of 10 domestic employees, including a handyman, four women to clean on a daily basis, two to do laundry and a cook.Among their expenses, she noted that a florist came every week to add 200 roses to each of the property’s 15 vases.The couple also took luxury vacations, including a months-long trip to Dubai.During his testimony last November, the property developer confirmed the purchase of roses as well as the trips.He added that his ex-spouse spent copiously on these vacations, to the point where she returned each year with some 20 suitcases filled with clothes, shoes and jewelry for herself and the children. He said the gains he made as a Dubai-based stockbroker at that time exceeded the family’s expenses.The court rejected the man’s claim that his ex-wife “created this lifestyle in anticipation of the breakup.”“(The husband) doesn’t accept the breakup, he feels betrayed,” the decision read. “He especially doesn’t accept having to give money to (his ex-wife). He’ll never accept it.”“He even exclaimed in court, ‘What is this justice in Quebec!’” according to the decision.last_img read more

Here is my home Refugee whose fingers froze off finds hope in

first_imgWINNIPEG — Razak Iyal still wakes up in the middle of the night feeling the icy winds on Christmas Eve two years ago when his life drastically changed.“It comes into my dreams all the time. I am thinking about it. When you wake up from the bed you see your hands and you don’t have your fingers,” Iyal, 36, said in an interview last month.A powerful winter storm was pounding southern Manitoba as Iyal and Seidu Mohammed, whom he had met at a bus station in Minneapolis in 2016, made their way to the Canada-United States border near Emerson.The overnight wind chill dipped to -30 C as the men trudged through snowy fields in the dark. They spent hours in the cold before they were noticed by a trucker.By that time, the two men had severe frostbite. Iyal would lose all his fingers but keep his thumbs. Mohammed lost all 10 digits.For all that they left behind, including family and jobs, Iyal said the two men have gained a supportive community, a new home and a bright future.“For me and Seidu, we would say that when we came to Canada (it’s unfortunate) this happened to us. But we are happy we are in Canada because we met good people around us, who are encouraging us,” Iyal said.“Once it happened, what can we do? We just stay focused. We just pray to God that one day we will overcome this thing that happened to us.”The two men from Ghana were among the first wave of irregular refugee claimants to cross the border into Canada after the election of Donald Trump and his executive orders on immigration.The number of people crossing at non-official entry points to claim asylum in Manitoba increased for many months in 2017, but has since dropped significantly. Twenty-three asylum-seekers were intercepted by RCMP in the province in October.Iyal said he fled Ghana because his life was threatened in a dispute over the inheritance of his late father’s property. He has not seen his wife since about 2012.He said the danger he would face back home increased after he arrived in Canada. Some media reports in Ghana said he was a homosexual because he travelled with Mohammed, who is bisexual. The LGBTQ community in the African nation is suppressed.Both men were granted refugee status in 2017.Iyal and Mohammed met just before deciding to make the harrowing trek across the border and the experience has forged a lifelong bond. They speak every day and support each other in navigating a new home and life without fingers.“I love him the way he is, and he also loves me the way I am. We love each other as brothers.”Both men still face significant challenges trying to achieve their Canadian dream. After a year of doctors, rehabilitation and adapting to life fingerless both men are looking to get work and give back to the communities who have supported them.Iyal said his friend is taking English courses and other classes. Iyal is looking for a job he can do without his fingers.He is working with the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities and will soon be doing a course to become a security guard. After that, Iyal hopes to bring his wife to Winnipeg.When anyone asks if the snow-filled journey was worth it, Iyal responds that Winnipeg is where he has finally found a home.“This is where I find myself,” he said.“This is where I find good people around me. This is where I find a new community, a new city and a new province.“Here is my home. This is where I want to spend the rest of my life with my family.”Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada Post reports Q3 loss of 71 million blames pay equity ruling

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada Post says it recorded a loss of $71 million in its latest quarter, which it is directly blaming on costs related to a pay equity dispute with its largest union.The country’s postal service says the net loss compares with a loss of $44 million in the third quarter a year ago.In September, an arbitrator ordered Canada Post to give rural and suburban mail carriers pay increases of up to 25 per cent to settle a long-fought pay equity dispute. Not including added benefits that were part of the ruling, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the pay increase amounted to as much as $13,000 annually, retroactive to the beginning of 2016.Canada Post says the costs of the wage adjustments, increases in pension pay and other benefits will amount to $550 million by the end of the year, with $130 million already recorded by the end of 2017. It says it will continue to cost the Crown corporation $140 million going forward annually.When taking into account its other operations like Purolator, Canada Post says it had a net loss of $36 million in the 13-week period ended Sept. 29, compared with a loss of $13 million for the same period a year earlier.It says parcel revenue grew by 21 per cent in the third quarter to $106 million, as volumes climbed by 23 per cent or 14 million pieces, when compared with the same quarter in 2017. Canada Post attributed the increase to the continued growth in e-commerce.Meanwhile, it says transaction mail, which is categorized as letters, bills and statements, fell by 4.6 per cent, or 35 million pieces, in the third quarter.Revenue for transaction mail dropped 3.6 per cent, or $24 million, compared with a year ago. Canada Post blames the decrease to consumers choosing “digital alternatives” and acknowledged that declining mail volumes will remain a “significant challenge” for the corporation.The Crown agency says the impact of the pay equity and ongoing rotating strikes are “major factors” in it ending this year with a loss.On Monday, senators approved the Liberal government’s decision to bring in back-to-work legislation by giving royal assent of Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25, with four abstentions.CUPW says it is exploring all options to fight it.Its members have been on rotating strikes since Oct. 22 after nearly a year of labour negotiations.The walkouts have led to delays in mail and parcel deliveries from the Crown corporation’s sorting facilities in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, leading to concerns ahead of the busy holiday season.  The union wants better pay and job security, guaranteed hours for its 8,000 rural and suburban carriers, and equality for those workers with the corporation’s 42,000 urban employees.CUPW also wants Canada Post to adopt rules that it says would cut down on workplace injuries — an issue the union has said is now at a “crisis” level. By Linda Nguyen in TorontoThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

As RAW as it gets

first_imgFrom an army officer, to a vigilante, a RAW agent and then a police officer… Is this a phase where you explore all the law enforcement roles that there are? Someone recently pointed this out and asked me whether I am only doing roles that relate to the country. I want to clarify that this has happened by accident, not by design. When RAW came to me, Robbie (Grewal) narrated the script and neither of us expected very much from each other. Robbie did not expect me to do the film and I agreed to hear the narration because I found the title, Romeo Akbar Walter, very interesting. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaBut after I heard the complete narration, I was blown away, I was amazed and I said that I really wanted to make this film happen. It was just so fantastic. Then, in the midst of this, I heard the script of Batla House. And again, Batla House blew my mind. I said that fact is stranger than fiction, like RAW and Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran, and since this fits the bill, I said yes to this film. When I was working on Parmanu, it was my pet project just like Madras Café was. I believe that somewhere down the line, I have gravitated to this space and scripts like these have gravitated towards me. But, as I said before, it is definitely not a conscious decision. In fact, I am doing Pagalpanti next, which is a comedy with director Anees Bazmee. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna It is interesting that you are doing so many films of this genre but are you apprehensive of crossing the line and becoming jingoistic in any of your roles? I don’t want to be jingoistic or overly patriotic. I don’t want to wear nationalism on my sleeve. The first and foremost thing is that I want to make films that will entertain people. However, when you walk out of that cinema hall after watching the film, you should get a feeling that I did not know this particular thing about India or its history. This is what people felt after they saw Parmanu last year. They came out thinking that they didn’t know about the nuclear blasts that had happened in Pokhran 20 years ago. So, if the film is of this genre, if it talks about stuff related to events like these, it has to have an impact on you. And I can say that RAW will have that impact. I am the producer of films like Madras Café and Parmanu, and I am confident that RAW will spearhead my show reel. I do not know about commercials or the level of success that this film will achieve but it will definitely have such a huge impact on you that you will feel that you’ve got your money’s worth. And it is important that people feel this way, more so because when people watch films with their families, they end up spending a huge sum. So, keeping that in mind, I can say that this film is worth your money. You said that the main purpose of you doing a film is to entertain. But where does this film fit in the content versus commercial battle? Honestly, I love comedies. I love Anees bhai a lot. And when I am doing Pagalpanti with him, I enjoy every day on the set. I don’t make a conscious decision to do a ‘commercial’ film or a ‘content-driven’ film. The fact is that what is working is films that are different. I am doing films that I would enjoy watching as a member of the audience. When I read a script, I do it from the perspective of a viewer. If I laugh, then I think it’s very funny and if it touches me then I would say that it has a damn good plot. I think each film brings a certain value to the table and that is how I pick my projects. There are some films that I do out of pure passion because I know there is a community out there who wants to watch them, like my motorcycle film. It is sheer passion. I feel that I can ride better than I can walk (Laughs). I live, sleep, eat and breathe motorcycles. I can smell fuel, I can hear the sound of a motorcycle and these things make me smile. For someone who lives that life, whatever he does on screen with a motorcycle will look right. You are turning your passions into projects. Yeah. My passion was also telling the story of the assassination of my ex-Prime Minister and I made Madras Café. My passion was also the Pokhran nuclear tests and my passion is also motorcycles. Another passion of yours is football, which is the theme of your film 1911. 1911 is being written as we speak. Nikkhil Advani is directing it and I am acting in it. There is another hero in the film. It is a co-production between JA Entertainment and Emmay Entertainment. Nikkhil and I are making a lot of films together. Is there a certain comfort level that you share since you have been working together since 2007? Oh yes! We did Salaam-e-Ishq together back then. But when I was doing Satyameva Jayate last year, which Nikkhil produced, he was there on set and there is a sense of connection between us which is unspoken because Nikkhil is also a workaholic like me. All he is concerned about is what the script is and how he is going to do it. Then Batla House happened and, as I said, my mind was blown after I read that script, and we decided to do the film. The rest is history. 1911 is a really good subject. I doubt that one could go wrong unless I play with one foot (Laughs). This is not overconfidence; it is a very strong subject and I think people will really enjoy this. It is a sports film and by the time it releases, I think football will be the new cricket. When you read a script, is there a difference between your instinct as an actor and as a producer that helps you take the final decision? Yes, absolutely. I work with a very tight team. I have a head of development, Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, and she has written Neerja, Parmanu and is writing my next. Then there is Meenakshi, who manages my work and is also a creative producer today. Together, we deliberate over subjects that we come across. One of them is completely focussed on content and one is completely commercial, and I am absolutely in the middle! So, when we deliberate, we kind of suss out what we want to do. Sometimes, there isn’t even a script, sometimes it is just an idea that I have or we have, which we think about and say, hey, should we work on this? That’s how we work on our subjects. RAW is set in the 1970s. To make it authentic, how did you ideate and what did you bring to the table in this regard? Fortunately, Robbie and I connected very easily with each other. Robbie sat in front of me and told me about my characters, and I say ‘characters’ because there isn’t just one, there are many but primarily it is Romeo, Akbar and Walter. And it was good for him that I understood the character progression. Sometimes, it is hard for a director to get this across to an actor. But we didn’t face any problems there and then it was fun. It was a smooth sailing after that discussion. Then it was him briefing me about a particular scene and I knew my character progression at that point, whether it was Romeo six months later, or Akbar two years later, or Walter six years later. I was aware of how my character progressed. Then it was easy to fit into that character because I had to slip in and out of certain characters.last_img read more

Statistical Society of Canada holding annual meeting at Brock

This upcoming weekend, Brock University will host close to 500 members from the Statistical Society of Canada as they gather in St. Catharines for their 44th annual meeting.The event, organized by Mathematics professor Wai Kong (John) Yuen and Chaired by Edward Susko of Dalhousie University, runs from Sunday, May 29 to Wednesday, June 1.The program consists of multiple workshops, poster presentations and case studies.For a complete schedule and for more information, please visit the Statistical Society of Canada’s website by clicking here. read more

David Robertss Overworked Bullpen Is A Bad Omen For The Dodgers

Of the five teams who leaned on their bullpen most in the series since 2000, three went on to lose, and the Dodgers’ fate is still undecided. Only the 2002 Anaheim Angels came back, and they faced an opponent (in the San Francisco Giants) who employed their relievers even more frequently.That’s not to say that reliever usage is a death sentence. Oftentimes, it simply reflects poor starting pitching: Each of the teams who used their starters less than the Dodgers saw them give up more than a dozen runs. This underscores how unusual Roberts’s reliever usage has been because his starters, comparatively, have been quite good. Aside from Darvish’s clunker last night, the Dodgers had two of the best starts for their length in World Series history, from Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill. If Roberts had allowed them to go deeper into games when they were dealing, the bullpen might be fresh now.Roberts didn’t help matters when he used his bullpen aggressively Friday night, attempting to keep Houston within striking distance. In total, the Dodgers manager called on five different relievers to end the game, and only one — Kenta Maeda — went longer than 2 innings. Combined with the workload from the previous two games, key relievers have been pitching almost as much as the starters. So far, Maeda has pitched 4 innings this series, and Brandon Morrow, the crucial bridge to closer Kenley Jansen, has pitched 2 2/3 innings as well. Jansen himself has pitched 3 full innings.But as ESPN’s Sam Miller pointed out, if the Dodgers had managed to come back, Roberts’s tactics would have been hailed as strategically brilliant. Like many other postseason managerial moves, the aggressive reliever usage is easy to criticize in hindsight but much harder to argue with in the moment. It might have been a good bet that failed to pay out, but the strategy still leaves the Dodgers depleted of bullpen arms at the time when they need them most. In contrast, Houston manager A.J. Hinch relied on only two pitchers to carry the Astros to victory: starter Lance McCullers and starter-turned-reliever Brad Peacock. Despite running into some high-leverage jams, they managed to hold a powerful Dodgers lineup to only three runs. Like Roberts’ decision, keeping McCullers in the game in the third inning with the bases loaded was a gamble. But Hinch’s call managed to pay off when Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager hit into an uncharacteristic double play.The Astros’ win leaves them with a 67 percent chance of taking the World Series. That’s far higher than our opening prediction, but it comes almost entirely from the two victories they’ve edged out over the Dodgers. The remaining games are all coin-flip affairs, so the importance of that extra win in an evenly divided series can’t be overstated. That it came down to two managerial decisions that might have gone either way speaks to how balanced this matchup is. Had one or two pitches gone differently, the Dodgers might be in a commanding position right now, instead of fighting to tie the Series. LA is taxing its bullpenTeams with the fewest innings pitched by starters in the first three games of the World Series, 2000-17 Angels200212.713 Source: Baseball-Reference.com Rockies200711.314 TEAMYEARINNINGSRUNS ALLOWED Dodgers201712.76 Cardinals200411.315 Giants200211.016 A poor start from Yu Darvish hurt the Dodgers early on Friday, and they never mounted a comeback. With the Astros now riding a 2-1 lead and two games left in Houston, the Dodgers are in trouble. In addition to their deficit, a pattern of heavy reliever usage might leave them understaffed in the remaining World Series games.Darvish didn’t have his best stuff Friday night. Despite impressive fastball velocity, his slider was unusually flat. Houston pounced on the normally dominant ace in the second inning, gaining a four-run lead. From then on, the Dodgers attempted to build a handful of unsuccessful rallies but only managed to score three runs.Darvish’s bad outing adds to two other shorter-than-necessary starts for Los Angeles and might leave the bullpen tired in the next two pivotal games in Houston. Even if the relievers were fine Friday, the pattern of short starts is a poor omen for the Dodgers. read more

Ohio State mens hockey prepares for homeandhome with Robert Morris

OSU then-sophomore forward Matthew Weis (16) tries to corral the puck during a face-off in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s hockey team started the 2016-17 season with a bang, taking down then-No. 3 Denver on the road. Since then, the Buckeyes have continued to improve and are soaring up USCHO college hockey rankings heading into its two-game set against Robert Morris, starting Friday.No. 11 OSU took care of business last weekend with a sweep over Niagara University, scoring a combined 16 goals in two games. The two wins brought OSU’s record to 5-0-2, the first time the program has been undefeated through its first seven games since 1983-84. Junior forward Matthew Weis tallied six points in those two games against Niagara — two goals and four assists. Senior forward Nick Schilkey earned his first career hat trick as a Buckeye, and sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran had three points on the night, including two goals. Weis and Parran were named the conference’s first and third stars of the week, respectively.“It’s a great accomplishment,” Weis said. “My linemates played very well alongside me, so it’s a team award.”OSU has one of the most potent offenses in the NCAA. The Buckeyes lead the country with 99 points and rank third nationally with 4.86 goals per game. OSU has scored five goals in each of its last four games, one big reason being freshman forward Tanner Laczynski.The 6-foot-1, 191-pound winger has assimilated into college hockey with ease. He leads the team in points (11) and assists (8), making his line one of the most productive on the team. Laczynski has also garnered attention on the powerplay unit, scoring twice in the first seven games. He said that while the points are appealing on the stat sheet, it’s more about the team result for him.“Teams are not going to take us lighter anymore. I think that’s a good thing,” he said. “We’re going to start to get people’s best games, and that’s just going to make us better as a team and better for the future.”The Robert Morris Colonials are coming off of a split against Army, where Colonials freshman goaltender Francis Marotte made 26 saves on 27 shots, placing him in the top 10 in the country in save percentage at .946. Marotte is 2-1-1 in the net for coach Derek Schooley, but the Colonials are 0-2-0 without Marotte.In its own net, OSU senior goalkeeper Matt Tomkins has been unbeatable this season. He has kept OSU in several games, including an overtime tie at Miami. For the year, Tomkins has a .928 save percentage and is 4-0-2 between the pipes. For OSU to get past Marotte and provide support for Tomkins, special teams will play a large factor in the two-game set. Robert Morris ranks second to last in the NCAA in penalty kill, which serves as the perfect opportunity for OSU to assert its dominance on the powerplay, which is 8-for-26 through seven games.“We work on powerplay every week and (OSU coach Steve Rohlik) has been drilling into us that we’re not just given a spot,” Laczynski said. “You really have to work for it and it shouldn’t take him jumping on us in practice to realize that.”Robert Morris junior forward Brady Ferguson and sophomore defenseman Eric Israel lead the offensive attack of the Colonials. Ferguson leads the team with 10 points and Israel has already chalked up seven assists. The penalty kill of OSU is struggling at a rate of 78.9 percent. Coach Rohlik said that the team still has plenty of room to improve from its fast start, mostly on the defensive side of the puck.“When you start scoring a few goals, it starts affecting your overall game and you start cheating the game,” he said. “And I thought we did that this past weekend. You still got to play the right way.”OSU begins its two-game home-and-home on home ice at the Schottenstein Center. The puck will drop around 7 p.m. for the Buckeyes’ second home game of the year.The Ohio State Marching Band will perform Script Ohio on Ice during an intermission on Friday. read more

id Software in trouble Doom 4 nowhere near finished Rage 2 canceled

first_imgBack in 2009 gamers everywhere were surprised by the news that id Software had been acquired by Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax. But worries about ZeniMax taking over and destroying the studio that brought us Doom and Quake were quickly dispelled by id. Things would remain the same, and id would continue to work independently under the direction of John Carmack.4 years later and that no longer seems to be the case. id Software is in trouble, and ZeniMax is threatening to take some drastic action if things don’t turnaround quickly.The problem stems from the lack of games and the performance of the only new title id has released since the ZeniMax acquisition. Rage looked great, but didn’t sell all that well. At the same time, Doom 4, which has now been in development for 5 years, hasn’t been released. Together that makes id Software a rather expensive asset to have on the company books.Now Kotaku has revealed the extent of the problems at id. It turns out due to poor management and a lack of direction Doom 4 is in a pretty terrible state. Management overlooked the project during the years that Rage was being finished only to then find a poor game in development. So in 2011 Doom 4 got a complete reboot.That may have seemed like the best thing to do at the time, but ZeniMax also decided that because Rage hadn’t sold very well, it wasn’t going to fund the already in development Rage 2 and canceled the project. That team then got merged with the Doom 4 team, and new management and power issues arose within id. What we are left with in 2013 beyond leaked images is a Doom 4 project that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast and is nowhere near completion. The talent has apparently also left id Software due to frustration with the project and company.As usual, the best thing id Software has to offer ZeniMax is John Carmack and his id Tech engines. It is thought ZeniMax has now given id Software an ultimatum: finish Doom 4 in a year or they will take drastic action. That action looks most likely to be id becoming a studio focused on engine development to form the basis of ZeniMax’s other game studios.id Software not developing games would mean the end of an era for the games industry. But it sounds as if the studio today is nothing like the one that produced so many classic and benchmark-setting first person shooters. You can bet Carmack isn’t happy about this situation, but will he be happy if his studio ends up just doing engine development?last_img read more

Cryosat 2 un nouveau satellite pour mesurer lépaisseur des glaces

first_imgCryosat 2 : un nouveau satellite pour mesurer l’épaisseur des glacesBaïkonour, Kazakhstan – Le lancement du satellite Cryosat 2 doit se faire aujourd’hui, depuis la base kazakhe de Baïkonour. Mis en orbite à 720 kilomètres d’altitude grâce à un lanceur russe Dniepr, il permettra d’évaluer la fonte des glaces en mesurant précisément l’épaisseur de la banquise.Cryosat 2 n’est autre que le successeur et la réplique quasi conforme de Cryosat 1, qui s’était écrasé le 8 octobre 2005 dans l’océan Arctique, entraînant une perte estimée à 136 millions d’euros. L’Esa (Agence spatiale européenne) n’a donc pas confié son satellite à un lanceur de type Rockot cette fois, Cryosat 2 s’envolera aujourd’hui à bord d’une fusée Dniepr, à 15h57 heure française.La mission du satellite sera de mesurer l’évolution de l’épaisseur des glaces en fournissant des cartographies 3D pratiquement en temps réel, qu’il s’agisse de glaces flottantes de quelques mètres d’épaisseur ou de calottes glaciaires de plusieurs kilomètres d’épaisseur. La glaciologue Frédérique Rémy (CNRS), chercheuse au Laboratoire d’études en géophysique et océanographie spatiale explique sur le site du Monde que “l’altimètre de Cryosat-2 a une résolution suffisamment fine pour comparer, au niveau de chaque fracture dans la banquise, la hauteur de celle-ci avec la hauteur de la mer. L’épaisseur de la banquise pourra être déduite de cette comparaison”. La réduction de l’épaisseur et de la surface des glaces constitue le signe le plus significatif du réchauffement climatique, d’où d’ailleurs le choix de l’ours polaire comme symbole.À lire aussiVoici à quoi ressemblerait la Terre si toutes les glaces du globe fondaientD’après les propos tenus par Duncan Wingham, responsable scientifique de la mission, sur le site du Figaro, le satellite permettrait de “comprendre en détail le comportement de la glace”, par exemple son effet sur les différents courants d’eau. En effet, la banquise représente 98% des ressources en eau douce de la Terre. Sa fonte entraînerait une forte baisse de la salinité des eaux des océans et donc de leur densité. Ainsi, des courants comme le Gulf Stream pourraient être modifiés.S’ajoute à cela d’autres phénomènes mais surtout, celui bien connu de l’élévation du niveau des océans. D’ailleurs, si la totalité des inlandsis fondaient, le niveau des océans augmenterait de 65 mètres. On sait déjà, grâce aux données des satellites Topex/Poséidon et Jason 1 et 2, que l’augmentation du niveau des océans s’accélère, mais les scientifiques ne savent pas si cela est bien dû à la fonte des glaces.Le 8 avril 2010 à 11:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Most Ridiculous KnockOff Costumes Trending on Twitter

first_imgStay on target Halloween is a good excuse to dress up in a memorable costume. Whether you prefer to be a creature, character, or inanimate object, there’s a knock-off uniform for that. Licensing rights can be expensive, so some companies are skirting around the rules with similar, yet clearly obvious names for popular costumes.Dana Schwartz, an Entertainment Weekly correspondent, recently shared a pop culture replica costume on Twitter. The costume, which was sold by Franco, was dubbed “Notionless,” and resembled the same outfit Alicia Silverstone wore as Cher in the hit ’90s flick Clueless.Show me your favorite knock-off Halloween costume. Right now, I’m team “Notionless” because the designer wanted to get to lunch and hit the thesaurus pic.twitter.com/Dm7omvckuz— No Dana, only Zuul Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) October 22, 2018In response to Schwartz’s discovery, the Twitter community shared hilarious examples of knock-off costumes. Some names are so bad, that they actually kind of make the cut for their punny wording. From “Bossy Salem Sister” to “A-Lad-In A Costume,” these are the most ridiculous knock-off costumes we’ve seen yet. PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site center_img ‘Bossy Salem Sister’Found this at Wal-Mart last week pic.twitter.com/D6zVxjkUbf— Cait (@death_sprinkles) October 23, 2018Does the Halloween movie Hocus Pocus ring a bell? We think so.‘Cyber Man or Padre’This might be my all time favorite. The best part is the “or Padre” for just in case you decide you wanna change it up. pic.twitter.com/iaA5pSDKjA— Haley (@haleysaurusrex) October 22, 2018The Matrix-meets-priest in one costume? Yes, please. You’ll have two character options for multiple festivities.‘Kansas Sweetie’ vs. ‘Kansas Beauty’The official uniform of Kansas pic.twitter.com/PfkzsPG5Zg— Courtney (@courtneytorg) October 22, 2018Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz said, “There’s no place like home.” Apparently, the “official uniform of Kansas,” has some tough competition. Just don’t forget the ruby slippers.‘Hungry Rebel Girl’Tfw you eat in the library pic.twitter.com/z5rxzfC2kx— Spooky Lesbos (@TheMuseSappho) October 22, 2018Katniss Everdeen? Is that you? The Hunger Games clearly aren’t over yet.‘Creepy Husband’I didn’t think I needed to buy a costume for this… pic.twitter.com/hMWGXXsgmt— Boo-ving Sober, Again. (@cubfansince76) October 22, 2018Gomez Addams is coming back to life at your local Halloween shop.‘Juice Demon’pic.twitter.com/000yYA4hrb— Danny Goldberg (@dannygberg) October 22, 2018Beetlejuice in a box? We might have a winner.‘Where’s the Stripey Dude?’I mean the laziness… pic.twitter.com/WdqRCqPy7H— Boo-ving Sober, Again. (@cubfansince76) October 22, 2018We have to give them props for adding “stripey dude” in there.‘A-Lad-In A Costume’This has to be skirting the edges… pic.twitter.com/NY0BlLco7f— Boo-ving Sober, Again. (@cubfansince76) October 22, 2018This one is borderline cutting it, but maybe a magic lamp would help.The latest in culture:5 Crazy Things to Buy if You Won Mega Millions JackpotPhotos: Eerie Ghost Towns to Visit (If You Dare)You Could Own Stephen Hawking’s Thesis, Wheelchairlast_img read more

Speaker of the House Tours Nations Schools

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:house of assembly, robert hall Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – Students in the TCI learned from the Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon. Robert Hall how bills become law during a tour of schools nationwide; it was a first of its kind event. Among the schools visited by Hon Hall, who is a former Education Minister under a previous PNP administration were Clement Howell High, Osetta Jolly Primary, the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College and schools in North Caicos. The speaker told media all of this is part of his efforts to get TCI students more aware of parliament functions, how bills become laws, how laws are ratified and the government’s role in the House of Assembly. Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane fundslast_img read more

How to Help New Sales Managers Succeed

first_imgThe most successful salespeople are often promoted to sales management. They have demonstrated knowledge of selling, and they have a pattern of success. Yet after a year or two many new sales managers are unsuccessful, and after a relatively short time some burn out and leave the position. Why? [Note: This is the second part of Jim’s analysis of sales manager performance. Click here for part one: ‘Why Your Top Sales Person Might Struggle After a Promotion’] Selling and Managing Have Different Stress Loads Those who thrive and appear eligible for promotion are often socially optimistic high-achievers, who have become adept at letting stress roll off them. Yet some of these optimistic producers crash and burn out under the challenges of management. To find out why, I interviewed my friend, Dr. Joe Arpaia, a psychiatrist who specializes in stress-management. He introduced a way of thinking about what we call “stress” that helped me see the problem in a new light. He said: “For people to understand stress management they must distinguish between stress and strain. This distinction is made in engineering. ‘Stress’ is the load on a structure, and ‘strain’ is the deformation of the structure under the load.“We need to make the same distinction when talking about the stress on a person. Stress refers to the load, or demands, the person is facing. Strain is the body’s response to the load. When we separate stress and strain in this manner we understand how to manage stress more effectively.” I asked if it would be correct to say that a typical successful salesperson experiences stress but deals with it without excessive “strain” because he or she is competent to handle the load. And that when the salesperson is promoted to management, the skill sets that worked before as a lone ranger are often no longer appropriate for managing others. “Exactly,” said Dr. Arpaia. “When the salesperson is promoted, the stress of managing is a different kind of load and the behaviors that used to work no longer do. The new sales manager experiences strain. Ideally the new sales manager would develop effective behaviors to deal with the stress of managing thereby reducing strain. However, if the sales manager is not able to develop new behaviors quickly enough he or she is likely to revert to the behaviors that worked for selling. However, those won’t be effective enough when the sales manager has to sell enough to make goal for the whole team.” Here are several useful techniques that can help newly promoted sales managers:Manage Stress• Introduce new stresses in a stepwise manner so that the new sales manager becomes effective at handling each step before the next is introduced.Reduce Strain• Become skilled at reducing tension, keeping the breath calm and deep.• Use these techniques throughout the day.• Learn to recharge when coasting, like a hybrid car. This increases efficiency.Enhance Effective Learning• Take the time to review successes. Each review strengthens effective learning.• Redo mistakes using virtual rehearsal.Joseph Arpaia, MD, lives and practices in Eugene, OR. He is the co-author of Real Meditation in Minutes a Day. He specializes in helping people deal with stress-related conditions to improve their health and personal effectiveness. Jim Elliott is president of the James G. Elliott Co, Inc., a national advertising sales and consulting company, and a regular contributor to FOLIO:.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 2 Tractor Trailers Causing Issues Kids Out Late

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, August 2, 2018:Police out with 3 juveniles at Shawsheen Street and Aldrich Road. Mother came to scene to pick them up. (12:53am)A tractor trailer unit was parked in parking lot of North Intermediate. Trailer was sent out on its way. Lot was just paved. Police noted no apparent damage to the new tractor trailer. (2:50am)A tractor trailer unit damaged lawns and took down phone wires on Jacobs Street. (4:31pm)A 2-vehicle crash took place on Main Street near Sunrise Market. One vehicle towed. Fire Department transported at least one involved. Damage to Wilmington Building Supply’s landscaping and a Verizon pole was caused by accident. (7:28pm)Police moved along 20 cars from Comcast Building on Lowell Street from Yentile Farm Recreational Facility. Company was having an outing and was advised of park’s hours. (10:08pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 2: Vehicle Damages Roadway; Police Called Over Suspicious BehaviorIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Locals want Cantonment parks wellmaintained

first_imgBowenpally: While Cantonment leaders are busy participating in Haritha Haram programme conducted at various parks in Cantonment to improve greenery, no one seems to care about maintenance of parks in the area. Most of the parks are not properly maintained even as they have become grounds for dumping waste and construction debris. The park near Pallavi Model School in Bownpally is filled with waste and construction debris. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Despite several complaints by locals to authorities concerned, the park has not been cleaned. It has become a spot for drunkards and anti-social elements during evenings, a local lamented. The issue has been brought to the notice of the Board CEO by board members, but there was no response, a local said. Locals demanded the board officials and political representatives to ensure that parks in Cantonment area were properly maintained.last_img read more

Colin was right on Alex Smith and Matt Ryan wrong on Clemson

first_imgWhere Colin was rightBig Ten is the best conference – Colin has said the SEC has been down since last year, and that aside form Nick Saban, they don’t have any elite coaches. The Big Ten has spent big money on top coaching and now has 3 teams (PSU, OSU, Wisc) in the Top 6. While the Big Ten has Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh, James Franklin, Paul Chryst, Mar Dantonio, to name a few, the SEC is filled with coordinators masquerading as head coaches. You get what you pay for. Where Colin was rightAlex Smith is still Alex Smith – The Chiefs started 5-0, and the masses were proclaiming this version of Alex Smith was different than years past. Colin wasn’t buying it, and yesterday against Pittsburgh, Smith was average, and looked bad late. As the season stretches on, the weather gets colder, and playoffs start, Smith always shrinks. He had a great start to the year, but he’s still same guy. Don’t be fooled.Want to see Harrison, Dupree, and Watt going after Chefs OL. We know how fragile Alex Smith is. He will fold. #ChiefsKingdom #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/Wuzd6zWuaC— Steel Legends (@Steel_Legends) October 15, 2017 Advertisement Every week, Colin makes a bunch of predictions. Some hit and some miss, but every Monday, he holds himself accountable in Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong.Here’s where Colin was on the money, and where he missed the mark after 6 weeks of NFL games, and 7 weeks into the college football season.Where Colin was rightBlazin’ 5 – 3-2 this week, thanks to covers by the Saints, Rams, and Bears. 5 winning weeks out of 6, and 19-11 to start the year for 63%. He’ll take it. Where Colin was rightDiva wide receivers are icing – Colin has said many times that NFL wide receivers are the icing on the cake, and the Giants proved him right last night by dismantling the Broncos while missing all their top receivers. The Giants’ defensive line dominated all night, and the chemistry in the passing game looked better than it has all year without OBJ, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Sheppard. Winning teams aren’t built on diva wide receivers, they’re built from the inside out..@JjenkzLockdown forces the fumble…and the #Giants recover!! #GiantsPride #SNF #NYGvsDEN pic.twitter.com/LQajt6FEdg— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) October 16, 2017Where Colin was wrongDel Rio and the Raiders regressing – Colin bought into the Raiders giving Jack Del Rio an extension, but they haven’t been the same explosive offensive team this year, and their defense keeps getting worse. They still don’t have an interception all year, are 25th in sacks, and are getting out coached on a weekly basis. If Derek Carr is going to fulfill his true NFL potential, the Raiders may have to get him an offensive minded coach and move on from Del Rio.Welcome back, Novak!!! The Los Angeles #Chargers  beat the Oakland Raiders 17-16 [FINAL] #ChargersWin #NFL #BoltUp ?⚡️#LACvsOAK #LAChargers pic.twitter.com/JAB5ncFouC— ⚡️LA Chargers ⚡️ (@LAChargersNews) October 15, 2017center_img Where Colin was wrongClemson goes down to Syracuse – Colin has had Clemson as a playoff lock all-year, and he definitely didn’t see this letdown against Syracuse coming. The Tigers lost their quarterback, but they still should have been able to handle a less talented Syracuse. This was a bad loss, but they only drop to 7, so they aren’t completely out of the playoff picture yet.UPSET COMPLETE: Syracuse TAKES DOWN the reigning national champion Tigers 27-24. Students and fans alike rushing the field pic.twitter.com/WDKkSP9K7d— Nicole Hansen (@nhansen010) October 14, 2017 Where Colin was rightFalcons and Matt Ryan are mediocre – Colin has been taking heat all year for not being as high on the Falcons as most. He thought they would pull back after their Super Bowl loss, and they have. They’re 3-2, and have already lost at home to Miami and Buffalo. Matt Ryan has pulled back from his MVP form with a meager 6 touchdown passes to go with 6 interceptions. Atlanta and Ryan are good, not great. Colin called it.“Put me down!!!”“Nope, you’re going to timeout!” – @elbravo_47 (probably) #Dolphins #Falcons pic.twitter.com/q7KxhpL5cF— (@3lone) October 15, 2017 Where Colin was wrongAdrian Peterson out of nowhere – Colin thought Peterson was a shot fighter in New Orleans – he only had 81 total rushing yards through 5 weeks – but in his first game after being traded to Arizona last week he looked rejuvenated with 134 yards on 26 carries. He showed he still has some burst on a 27-yard touchdown run and looks like a fit with Bruce Arians. Colin still doesn’t think Peterson will get back to where he was, but the tank isn’t completely empty yet.???? Adrian Peterson scores on his first series with the Arizona Cardinals (via @nfl) #BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/D3t8DrBh4P— Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) October 15, 2017last_img read more

1 in 3 developers want to be entrepreneurs What does it take

first_imgMuch of the change we have seen over the last decade has been driven by a certain type of person: part developer, part entrepreneur. From Steve Jobs, to Bill Gates, Larry Page to Sergey Bin, Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk – the list is long. These people have built their entrepreneurial success on software. In doing so, they’ve changed the way we live, and changed the way we look at the global tech landscape. Part of the reason software is eating the world is because of the entrepreneurial spirit of people like these.Silicon Valley is a testament to this! That is why a combination of tech and leadership skills in developers is the holy grail even today. From this perspective, we weren’t surprised to find that a significant number of developers working today have entrepreneurial ambitions. In this year’s Skill Up survey we asked respondents what they hope to be doing in the next 5 years. A little more than one third of the respondents said they would like to be working as a founder of their own company. Source: Packt Skill Up Survey But being a successful entrepreneur requires a completely new set of skills from those that make one a successful developer. It requires a different mindset. True, certain skills you might already possess. Others, though you’re going to have to acquire. With skills realizing the power of purpose and values will be the key factor to building a successful venture. You will need to clearly articulate why you’re doing something and what you’re doing. In this way you will attract and keep customers who will clearly know the purpose of your business. Let us see what it takes to transition from a developer to a successful entrepreneur. Think customer first, then product: Source: Gifer Whatever you are thinking right now, think Bigger! Developers love making things. And that’s a good place to begin. In tech, ideas often originate from technical conversations and problem solving. “Let’s do X on Z  platform because the Y APIs make it possible”. This approach works sometimes, but it isn’t a sustainable business model. That’s because customers don’t think like that. Their thought process is more like this: “Is X for me?”, “Will X solve my problem?”, “Will X save me time or money?”. Think about the customer first and then begin developing your product. You can’t create a product and then check if there is it is in demand – that sounds obvious, but it does happen. Do your research, think about the market and get to know your customer first. In other words, to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to go one step further – yes, care about your products, but think about it from the long term perspective. Think big picture: what’s going to bring in real value to the lives of other people. Search for opportunities to solve problems in other people’s lives adopting a larger and more market oriented approach. Adding a bit of domain knowledge like market research, product-market fit, market positioning etc to your to-do list should be a vital first step in your journey. Remember, being a good technician is not enough Source: Tenor Most developers are comfortable and probably excel at being good technicians. This means you’re good at writing those beautiful codes, produce something tangible, and cranking away on each task, moving one step closer to the project launch date. Great. But it takes more than a technician to run a successful business. It’s critical to look ahead into both the near and the long term. What’s going to provide the best ROI next year? Where do I want to be in 5 years time? To do this you need to be organized and focused. It’s of critical importance to determine your goals and objectives. Simply put you need to evolve from being a problem solver/great executioner to a visionary/strategic thinker. The developer-entrepreneur is a rare breed of doer-thinker. Be passionate and focussed Source: Bustle Perseverance is the single most important trait found in successful entrepreneurs. As a developer you are primed to think logically and come to conclusions, which is a great trait to possess in most cases. However, in entrepreneurship there will be times when you will do all the right things, meet the right people and yet meet with failures. To get your company off the ground, you need to be passionate and excited about what you’re working on. This enthusiasm will often be the only thing to carry you through late nights, countless setbacks and tough situations. You must stay open, even if logic dictates otherwise. Most startups fail either because they read the market wrong or they didn’t stay long enough in the race. You need to also know how to focus closely on the very next step to get closer to your ultimate goal. There will be many distracting forces when trying to build a business that focusing on one particular task will not be easy and you will need to religiously master this skill. Become amazing at networking Source: Gfycat It truly isn’t about what you know or what you have developed. Sure, what you know is important. But what’s far more important is who you know. There’s a reason why certain people can make so much progress in such a brief period. These business networking power players command the room by bringing the right people together.  As an entrepreneur, if there’s one thing that you should focus on, it’s becoming a truly skilled business networker. Imagine having an idea for a business that’s so wonderful, that you can pick up the phone and call four or five people who can help you turn that idea into a reality. Sharpen your strategic and critical thinking skills Source: Tenor As entrepreneurs it’s essential to possess sharp critical thinking skills. When you think critically,t you ask the hard, tactical questions while expanding the lens to see the wider picture. Without thinking critically, it’s hard to assess whether the most creative application that you have developed really has a life out in the world. You are always going to love what you have created but it is important to wear multiple hats to think from the users’ perspective. Get it reviewed by the industry stalwarts in your community to catch that silly but important area that you could have missed while planning. With critical thinking it is also important you strategize and plan out things for smooth functioning of your business. Find and manage the right people Source: Gfycat In reality businesses are like living creatures, who’s organs all need to work in harmony. There is no major organ more critical than another, and a failure to one system can bring down all the others. Developers build things, marketers get customers and salespersons sell products. The trick is, to find and employ the right people for your business if you are to create a sustainable business. Your ideas and thinking will need to align with the ideas of people that you are working with. Only by learning to leverage employees, vendors and other resources can you build a scalable and sustainable company. Learn the art of selling an idea Source: Patent an idea Every entrepreneur needs to play the role of a sales person whether they like it or not. To build a successful business venture you will need to sell your ideas, products or services to customers, investors or employees. You should be ready to work and be there when customers are ready to buy. Alternatively, you should also know how to let go and move on when they are not. The ability to convince others that you are going to provide them the maximum product value will help you crack that mission critical deal. Be flexible. Create contingency plans Source: Gifer Things rarely go as per plan in software development. Project scope creeps, clients expectations rise, or bugs always seem to mysteriously appear. Even the most seasoned developers can’t predict all possible scenarios so they have to be ready with contingencies. This is also true in the world of business start-ups. Despite the best-laid business plans, entrepreneurs need to be prepared for the unexpected and be able to roll with the punches. You need to very well be prepared with an option A, B or C. Running a business is like sea surfing. You’ve got to be nimble enough both in your thinking and operations to ride the waves, high and low. Always measure performance Source: Tenor “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Peter Drucker’s point feels obvious but is one worth bearing in mind always. If you can’t measure something, you’ll never improve. Measuring key functions of your business will help you scale it faster. Otherwise you risk running your firm blindly, without any navigational path to guide it. Closing Comments Becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business is one of life’s most challenging and rewarding journeys. Having said that, for all of the perks that the entrepreneurial path offers, it’s far from being all roses. Being an entrepreneur means being a warrior. It means being clever, hungry and often a ruthless competitor. If you are a developer turned entrepreneur, we’d love to hear your take on the topic and your own personal journey. Share your comments below or write to us at hub@packtpub.com. Read Next: Developers think managers don’t know enough about technology. And that’s hurting business. 96% of developers believe developing soft skills is important Don’t call us ninjas or rockstars, say developerslast_img read more

BREAKING Costa Rican prosecutor dies after shooting at his home

first_imgCosta Rican prosecutor Hans de la O Solís died early Thursday morning after being shot at his home in the southern part of the capital, San José.Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) confirmed that de la O, 49, was arriving at his home in El Jardín, Desamparados at 12:10 am Thursday morning when he was shot in the left cheek, forehead, left arm and shoulder. He was taken to the Hospital San Juan de Dios in San José but died at 4:10 am.Chief Prosecutor Emilia Navas responded energetically to the shooting via Twitter.“We offer our sincere condolences to the prosecutor’s family,” she wrote. “A thorough investigation is essential to determine whether the act was related to the prosecutor’s work. We will not allow the Public Ministry to be weakened by acts that intimidate officials who are fulfilling their duties.“Within our legal framework and with full respect for rights, but with all the tools at the disposal of our judicial system, we will solve this case to demonstrate that our justice system cannot be touched,” Navas continued.According to the daily La Nación, de la O worked in Heredia as a “fiscal de flagrancia,” a prosecutor in a relatively new court system that handles cases were a perpetrator is caught while committing a crime, en flagrante delicto.He was arriving home after leaving work at 11 pm, a standard quitting time for that branch of the judicial system, the daily reported.Follow us for more on this developing story. Related posts:Costa Rica swears in its first woman Chief Prosecutor Investigation continues into causes of plane crash in Costa Rica President is safe after confrontation with protesters The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 14, 2019 Facebook Commentslast_img read more