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How To Acquire the Ability To Advise Your Clients

first_imgIf you are going to be a trusted advisor, you need only two things: trust and advice.The slide deck that your company has provided you, the one that starts with your company history and your great successes, is not advice. It a proof provider designed to give you credibility in front of your prospective client, an outcome that is rarely—if ever—obtained.The logos of the big companies you serve and their testimonials are proof that people like you and believe you do good work, or at least good enough that continue to buy from you. The logos are still an attempt to prove that you are a safe choice, a reputable company, and someone that can be trusted with your dream client’s business.Your products, your services, or your solutions are also not advice. They may be something that makes sense to recommend, but only in context of a much larger conversation. By themselves they provide nothing that resembles advice, and they do nothing to position you as a potential strategic partner. When you rely on what you sell to give you credibility and create a preference, you aren’t anything close to providing advice.There was a time when it would have been safe to believe that if what you sell comes with little risk, is inexpensive, and isn’t a complex decision with many factors to consider, that the approaches above may have been acceptable. But in B2B sales now, even if a sale that shouldn’t be considered complex, they more and more resemble a complex sale, meaning these approaches are less effective over time.Acquiring AdviceThe “advice” thing isn’t easy to acquire. You have to work in an industry long enough to know how things work for you and your clients. You have to develop a deep interest in business, preferring CNBC to Howard Stern or banal political shows where people yell at each other over issues manufactured to split you into a voting segment. You have to spend time with your clients, allowing them to teach you their business, how they think about their most strategic decisions, and how someone like you should be helping them. More still, you have read, study, know things, and gain the experience that gives you the credibility to offer your advice.If this seems like a daunting task, know for certain that it is. If it seems out of reach, know for certain it is not. If you want to be successful selling B2B you need to be intentional in learning what you need to know and seek out the experiences that will in-form your counsel later on (but sooner than you might believe). Your intentionality here will differentiate you from most, and everyone who has what you want started where you are now. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Two dead in Bankura due to heavy rain

first_imgTwo people died and at least 2,500 were affected as several areas of Bankura district were flooded due to heavy rain on Monday. Many houses were also damaged.“On Saturday, Bankura received 224 mm of rainfall as a result of which the Gandheswari river started overflowing and several areas under the Bankuramunicipality, the Mejia block and parts of Sonamukhi town got waterlogged. About 2,500 people were affected,” a senior district official told The Hindu.He said two persons died on Monday. While Gunomoy Bhandari of Nagardanga village under the Mejia block died due to drowning, Sampa Midya of Kuntalbazar village under the Kotalpur block died after being struck by lightning.Relief camps Two relief camps have been set up and 610 persons have been provided shelter there. Sixteen medical teams and 35 Civil Defence personnel have been deployed in the affected areas.The official said Mejia and Sonamukhi get flooded every monsoon but the flood-like situation in the Bankura municipality was rather unexpected.He said the Bankura municipality is the worst affected among the waterlogged areas. “Rescue work is in full swing and most of the stranded persons have been taken to safer places,” the official said.District officials said 52 houses, including a two-storey building, were destroyed in the flood while 663 houses were partially damaged.last_img read more

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Drones could 3D-map scores of hectares of land in just a few hours

first_imgUnmanned drones aren’t just for warfare. In recent years, they’ve been used to map wildlife and monitor crop growth. But current software can’t always handle the vast volume of images they gather. Now, researchers have developed an algorithm that will allow drones to 3D-map scores of hectares of land in less than a day—an advance that is important for cost-effective farming, disaster relief, and surveillance operations.“It is revolutionary for the problem of mosaicking large volumes of imagery,” says computer scientist Dalton Rosario of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland, who was not involved with the study.Camera-equipped, autonomous, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can fly low to the ground and take high-resolution images of crops that tell farmers exactly where to plant their seeds or add fertilizers—at a tenth the cost of flying a plane or purchasing satellite images. To stitch the photos together into a mosaic, a computer program needs to figure out the exact angle and position of the camera for each picture taken in order to build a 3D model of the land. Conventional software does that by looking at common features in neighboring photos—for example, the same corn plant that appears in two images—and marking them with points called tie points. The software then tweaks its calculation of the camera positions for all the photos at once, so that when it projects the tie points onto a 3D model, points from different images match up to form a coherent projection of the corn plant. This method works well for a few hundred photos, but once the number of images exceed a thousand—typical for mapping a 40-hectare farm—the process can take 1000 hours, an impossible load for desktop computers.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)So computer scientist Mark Pritt and colleagues at Lockheed Martin in Gaithersburg, Maryland, took a different route. Their computer program directly projects the points from each photo onto a 3D space without knowing the exact shape of the land or the camera positions. As a result, the tie points don’t necessarily match up, which means the same corn plant can have two projections on the model. When that happens, the algorithm automatically takes the middle point between the two projections as the more accurate location and adjusts the camera position accordingly, one image at a time. Because the algorithm tweaks far fewer things at each step, the shortcut drastically speeds up calculations. Once the software has adjusted the camera positions for all the photos, the software repeats the entire process—starting from projecting the points to the 3D space—to correct for any errors.With the new algorithm, the researchers can produce a map from a thousand images in just 4 hours, they reported this month at the annual IEEE Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop. That means it can render a map of the land within 24 hours after the drones fly, giving farmers a head start on taking care of their crops and enabling them to use drones routinely to monitor crop health.The image-mosaicking algorithm can also speed up applications of drone imaging such as surveillance and disaster relief, says computer scientist Kannappan Palaniappan of the University of Missouri, Columbia, who was not involved with the study. When an earthquake strikes, for example, rescue teams could survey the affected area with drones and create a detailed 3D map of the damage in less than a day. The next step for researchers, Palaniappan says, is to improve the algorithm so that it can produce a map within minutes.last_img read more

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NBA: Clippers stars Griffin, Paul opt for free agency

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Paul, who averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists per game, is expected to be pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, while Oklahoma City could make a pitch for Griffin.Five-time all-star Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season, but has been plagued by injuries over the past three seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Los Angeles Clippers stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Forward Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and will become an unrestricted free agent next week, the US media reported Friday.Point guard Chris Paul is expected to follow Griffin into NBA free agency next week but the moves were expected and there is a good chance both will remain with the Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith reminds teammates: We have to control the game WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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What’s up, what’s down

first_imgWhat’s up:Deepika PallikalDipika Pallikal. The 19-year-old from Chennai ranked 27th in the Women’s International Squash Players Association charts, the highest for any Indian woman.Lakshmi Mittal. The world’s fifth richest person is building the most expensive home in Scotland at 15 million.What’s down:Anil KumbleAnil Kumble, who withdrew himself from the IPL,What’s up:Deepika PallikalDipika Pallikal. The 19-year-old from Chennai ranked 27th in the Women’s International Squash Players Association charts, the highest for any Indian woman.Lakshmi Mittal. The world’s fifth richest person is building the most expensive home in Scotland at 15 million.What’s down:Anil KumbleAnil Kumble, who withdrew himself from the IPL auction. Sigh. One gentleman less in a very gentleman-less version of the game.Yuvraj Singh. The Indian batsman finds himself in a rather unflattering list with a British newspaper naming him as one of the Top 10 Sporting Egos of recent times.last_img read more

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England must learn how to play ODI cricket from India: Alec Stewart

first_imgAlec Stewart said England have not moved forward and now they have a mountain to climbExasperated at England’s consecutive defeats, former captain Alec Stewart said the hosts must learn from India how to play One-day cricket.India have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series with convincing victories at Cardiff and Nottingham.”India look a completely different team to the rabble that threw in the towel in the recent Test series. They are currently giving their hosts a lesson in how to play 50 over cricket,” Stewart wrote in his column for the Mirror.”Strong shots, improvisation and not allowing any England bowler to settle has been their formula mixed in with variety in the bowling attack,” the former wicket-keeper said.Stewart said England have not moved forward and that is why now they have a mountain to climb being two down.”Last week I asked England to be brave and take the positive options at every opportunity but what’s been on show so far is the same old failings. Overcautious and unadventurous, repeating mistake after mistake. Watching England in this current series is exactly how England played back in the mid 1990s.”England have to understand that the game has moved on and must be prepared to play a style of cricket that  will worry the opposition,” he wrote.There have been calls to remove skipper Alastair Cook but Stewart said that was not a realistic solution.”Any call for Cook to stand down will fall on deaf ears and I can understand why the selectors won’t change things with just a few months to go before the World Cup starts.advertisement”Fans have called for Cook to be taken out of the squad but it may not be realistic to change it so soon to the World Cup. The big challenge is to get this group of players playing without fear and being allowed to show off their talents.”Stewart cautioned England to bring in the required improvements otherwise their plans for World Cup campaign may fall apart.”England mustn’t fall into the trap of previous World Cup when the carefully laid plans that had been in place were suddenly ripped up just a few weeks before the tournaments began.”By the time England take on India and Australia ‘down under’ in a tri series leading into the World Cup they must know how they’re going to play and which players can deliver.”There is plenty to consider between now and then and like many of my school reports used to say England’s would read room for plenty of improvement while there’s still just about enough time,” he concluded.last_img read more

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After bright spot remark, IMF chief gets Indian makeover

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) As IMF endorses India as bright spot in the otherwise gloomy world economy, its Managing Director Christine Lagarde literally added a personal endorsement of the country as she donned a bright Indian salwar suit at the start of a high-level conference today.At the opening of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of India co-hosted conference to take stock of Asias strong economic performance this evening, the French lawyer sported a smart, cherry-red salwar suit.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who was co-panelist at the kick-off event, commented on her liking of Indian cloths and food.”As most of the friends present here can see (her) fondness for Indian clothes along with the fondness for Indian foods,” he said.”I am certain you will be quite comfortable in India for next couple of days,” he added.Lagarde has been regularly visiting India as head of IMF.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow morning address the conference that is to take stock of Asias strong economic performance, its increased resilience to shocks, and the regions ongoing economic policy challenges.Lagarde, 60, wore a bracelet and a necklace to go with the suit.”Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future will bring together senior officials, corporate executives, academics, and civil society representatives from more than 30 countries spanning Asia and the Pacific,” IMF said in a statement.Key topics to be discussed at the conference from March 11 to 13 will include the most effective drivers of growth, income inequality, demographic change, and gender, infrastructure investment, climate change, managing capital flows and financial inclusion.advertisementA minister in the French government, Lagarde became the 11th Managing Director of the IMF on July 5, 2011, and the first woman to hold that position.On February 19, 2016, the IMF Executive Board selected her to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on July 5, 2016.A former member of the French national team for synchronised swimming, Christine Lagarde is the mother of two sons, according to her profile on IMF website. PTI JD DP ANZ ABIlast_img read more

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NEBRASKA MEDICAID CHANGES STILL NEED STATE FUNDING

first_imgNow that voters have approved a proposal to expand Medicaid in Nebraska, groups that fought for the measure are gearing up to put the new law into effect – and keeping watch for attempts to sabotage it.Nebraska lawmakers still need to approve funding for the expansion, and Gov. Pete Ricketts’ administration has to submit a request to the federal government to amend the state’s current Medicaid plan so an additional 90,000 low-income citizens can qualify.Opponents in the Legislature acknowledge it’s highly unlikely they’ll get the 33 votes needed to amend the voter-approved law but promise a contentious debate over how to pay for it.Expansion supporters said they’re wary given the experience in Maine, where a 2017 statewide vote for Medicaid expansion was met by numerous delays.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Addressed Jalen Hurts’ Future At Alabama

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts will probably be moving on from the Alabama football program following the 2018 season, as the Crimson Tide quarterback likely wants to be a starter somewhere.That’s not happening at Alabama, obviously, as Tua Tagovailoa has at least one more season in Tuscaloosa, Ala.Hurts can pursue a graduate transfer and play immediately elsewhere in 2019.Alabama head coach Nick Saban is reportedly on board with that idea.CBS’ Gary Danielson revealed during today’s Alabama-Auburn game that he talked to Saban about a Hurts transfer.From 247Sports:“We were talking to Coach Saban on Friday about the transfers of quarterbacks and he said I really think now Jalen has to think about transferring. And he said I’m for it, right? He said I’m for him to look at (a potential transfer). But look at the success in college football – and these are top rated teams – that transfer quarterbacks have had in football. I mean, right down the list, (they’ve made a) major impact.“And I think a couple guys are going to be sought-after. You know Kelly Bryant is going to be sought-after, Jalen Hurts is going to be sought-after. I mean, you don’t know – and I don’t want to throw anything in the middle of it – but what’s going to happen with Georgia? Jake Fromm’s playing and they’re not gonna bench Jake Fromm, he’s playing too good. And Justin Fields wants to play, too. And if he looks around and he goes, look at what other people have done when they’ve left, it’s hard to say I’m just going to stick it out and play one year.”Saban would reportedly help Hurts make a decision if that’s what he wanted, too.“I asked Nick in that same meeting, I said do you think he will ask your opinion on where he should go if he transfers, or when he transfers?” he said. “And Nick kind of looked at me and he goes well, you know what, we’ve been in this together since I recruited him and now the whole three years and the whole thing this year, I would think that he and his parents would probably ask my opinion at least and want to talk about it.”There will likely be several major programs interested in Hurts if he does decide to transfer.Alabama has more football to play in 2018 first, though. The Crimson Tide are set to take on Georgia in the SEC Championship Game next weekend. The College Football Playoff comes after that.last_img read more

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Education Minister Hails Teachers

first_img Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is hailing teachers for their commitment to the improvement of students’ performance in various school assessments, and their increased participation in co-curricular activities.The Minister was addressing teachers at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Golden Torch Awards ceremony, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on July 5.Senator Reid noted that the improvement in performance is reflected in the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which saw improvement over last year’s results in four of five subjects.They include Language arts, Communication Task, Science and Social Studies.The 2017 Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Assessment also showed improvement, with increases in the percentage of students achieving mastery for both areas; and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, which recorded improved passes in 18 of 34 subjects at this level.Participation from students in co-curricular activities, including national festival competitions, TVJ’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz, national debates, sports, speech and other activities have also been achieved.“So, on behalf of a grateful nation, please accept our sincere thanks. The entire Jamaica appreciates your service to our beloved country. Someone’s life has been made better because of you. You have touched the hearts and minds of thousands,” the Minister said.JTA President, Georgia Waugh Richards in her remarks said it is important to recognise the “yeoman’s duty and task that our (teachers) have done”.She described those teachers before her as “trailblazers” and noted that “a debt of gratitude” is owed to them because they have “laid very strong and very firm foundations”.“You are the bedrock of the Jamaican education system. You are the standard-bearers. Every time you step into the classroom you work a little miracle. You open a mind that others would see as difficult, impossible to do. You give love even when you are not a recipient,” she said.During the ceremony, 150 teachers from across the island with over 35 years of service to education were presented with awards.The brainchild of educator and former JTA President, Ray Howell, the Golden Torch Award was first instituted by the JTA in 1991 and the first awards presented in 1993.Each academic year, forms are sent to schools at the beginning of the second term for Principals to indicate the teachers on staff who satisfy the criteria.The award is normally presented at a special function during the first week of July each year. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is hailing teachers for their commitment to the improvement of students’ performance in various school assessments, and their increased participation in co-curricular activities. Senator Reid noted that the improvement in performance is reflected in the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which saw improvement over last year’s results in four of five subjects. The Minister was addressing teachers at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Golden Torch Awards ceremony, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on July 5. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Major hoard of £5m Norman coins are early example of tax avoidance

“The coins help us understand how changes under Norman rule impacted on society as a whole.” Adam Staples with one of the coinsCredit:Geoff Pugh The group went on to dig up the remainder from shallow ground over the course of around five hours, putting them in buckets belonging to a local farmer before driving them to the British Museum.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Metal detectorists Lisa Grace and Adam Staples Adam Staples with one of the coins Metal detectorists Lisa Grace and Adam Staples Metal detectorists Lisa Grace and Adam StaplesCredit:Geoff Pugh The largest hoard of coins ever discovered from the post-Norman Conquest period, found by an amateur during a metal detecting lesson, are an early example of tax avoidance, British Museum experts have said. A hoard of 2,528 coins dating back to the Battle of Hastings include rare examples of “mules”, which have the face of one king on the head and another on the tail to allow coin-makers to avoid paying extra tax. Specialists at the British Museum said the collection, which contains five times the number of coins bearing the head of William the Conqueror than currently known to exist in total, would shed invaluable light on the period and ordinary people living under Norman rule. The coins are likely to have been buried by a wealthy landowner in the years following the Battle of Hastings.Adam Staples and Lisa Grace, experienced metal detectorists, said they had been teaching a hobbyist friend – who wishes to remain anonymous – how to use a new piece of equipment in a field in the Chew Valley, Somerset, in January, when he picked up a signal to the first coin.  The coins bear the heads of both the defeated King Harold II and the conqueror William I. A small number show Edward the Confessor. Some show signs of being tampered with, with the images of two different kings suggesting the person striking the coins was using an older coining tool to avoid paying the tax on an up-to-date design. The hoard is the largest Norman treasure find since 1833, and features examples of how French-speaking officials had struggled to get a grip on Old English, which is imperfectly stamped onto some of the silver coins.Gareth Williams, curator of early medieval coinage at the British Museum, said: “This is an extremely significant find for our understanding of the impact of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Metal detectorists Lisa Grace and Adam Staples The hoard is now with the local coroner who will determine whether it is officially “treasure”.It has been reported to be worth up to £5m, though experts have indicated this is likely to be an overestimate once the condition of coins and the sudden flooding of the market they would cause are taken into account. The final sum will be shared between the rest of the metal detecting group and the landowner.Mr Staples, who has been treasure hunting for 16 years with his partner Ms Grace, said: “We went down for a weekend and hit the jackpot.” read more

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Scenes from Mashramani 2019

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMash 2019 exceeded expectations – Culture Director March 16, 2019In “latest news”MASH 2019: 39 events and activities planned for regions across GuyanaJanuary 14, 2019In “latest news”M&CC says Mash Day vending spots availableFebruary 5, 2019In “latest news” Mashramani 2019 is being observed under the theme “Celebrating Mash 49 with Victory in Mind – Rediscovering El Dorado”. Here are some photos of the annual Costume and Float Parade. read more

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Greece top target for anarchist violence

first_imgGreece is the top target in Europe for left wing or anarchist violence, according to the European Union counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove. European governments need to be more vigilant about emerging security threats such as left wing extremism or new incarnations of al Qaeda through better sharing of intelligence, de Kerchove said this week. In a report prepared for a meeting of European Union home affairs ministers in Brussels, de Kerchove warned that the economic crisis in Europe and the Arab Spring gave rise to new threats. Left wing violence was a particular concern at a time of fiscal austerity throughout Europe to counter mounting debt problems, he said. “We now need to be alive to the possibility that adverse economic conditions within Europe itself could … start to produce conditions conducive to the spread of violent left-wing or anarchist ideologies,” Kerchove said in the report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters. Security experts see Greece as a top target in Europe for such violence, given its history of anarchist militancy, and the threat of extremist action in Europe linked to the economic situation. A spate of immigrant murders and the discovery of a neo-Nazi group in Germany has already focused attention on right wing extremism in Europe, as economic difficulties fuel protectionist attitudes and hostility to foreigners. Kerchove said EU governments need to be more aware of the diversity of security threats and should improve how they pool intelligence from government and police sources, as well as information from the private sector, to identify risks. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greek Australian wins Chief Justice award

first_imgLa Trobe law graduate Catherine Eglezos has received the 2013 Victorian Law Foundation Chief Justice’s Medal for Excellence and Community Service. The award is only presented to one graduating Victorian law student each year and as Ms Eglezos says, “to have my achievements throughout my five years at University recognised in this way is indeed an honour”. “I feel extremely humbled to be the recipient of the 2013 Chief Justice Medal,” she tells Neos Kosmos “It is a privilege to have been selected from a group of worthy candidates who are dedicated to their legal studies and passionate about community service.” Ms Eglezos took up law as she had a keen passion for social justice and felt a need to contribute to the addressing of inequalities in society. “I decided to study law as I felt it would enable me to develop a greater understanding of the nature of our legal system and the attempts being made to remedy inequalities in access to justice for particular groups in society,” she explains, adding she completed the subject of Legal Studies in her VCE and found the subject matter extremely interesting. “As I have always been committed to academic excellence, I also believed that a law degree would continue to challenge me and would enable me to further enhance my written, oral and analytical skills.” Currently, Ms Eglezos is a graduate with the firm Herbert Smith Freehills, rotating through the Commercial Disputes Team. She says the firm has allowed her to combine her commitment to community services and her legal work by being the graduate representative on the firm’s Community Committee; she participates in the Student Mentoring Program with Hawthorn Secondary College and will shortly start with the Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic. One of the reasons Ms Eglezos received the award was the constant charity work she’s been involved with. Since 2002, she has been a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in the role of President of the Brunswick Young Adult Conference. Whilst she was studying, she participated in other volunteer programs such as the La Trobe Infinity Leadership Program, a Legal Sector Internship, through the Victoria Law Foundation, with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (2010), and a remote research internship with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Hague (2012). Ms Eglezos says she draws inspiration from her grandparents, and gets her strong work drive from them too. “I have always been inspired by my grandparents who came to Australia in search of opportunities to build a better life for their families. “My grandparents’ work ethic has never ceased to amaze me and I have learnt from them the importance of both seeking out and seizing every opportunity available to you.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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1 hospitalized after multivehicle rollover crash in Coconut Creek

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire rescue crews took one person to the hospital after being in a multi-vehicle crash in Coconut Creek.Emergency crews responded to the scene of the wreck involving three vehicles at the intersection of Loxahatchee Road and North State Road 7, at around 9 p.m., Monday.In photos provided by the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department, a vehicle is seen rolled over onto its roof.Officials said the driver of that vehicle was pulled out by good Samaritans.One person was transported to an area hospital to be evaluated.State Road 7 was shut down while authorities worked to clear the road.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Issuu Adpages Makes Print Ads DigitalReady

first_imgAdpages advertisements are auctioned similarly to ads for Facebook and Google; advertisers categorize their offerings and assign keywords. Fees for advertisers are then determined by categorical demand. In the digital sector, some publishers are still waiting for online advertising to become as profitable as its print counterpart once was. Many complain digital ad offerings are not comparable to the quality in print; others say the infrequency and size of advertising units may be causing the problem. Digital publishing platform Issuu, which partners with pubs like Industry, Bamboo and Subbacultcha!, has released Adpages, a print-to-digital advertising solution. Instead of creating an entirely new ad, Adpages converts existing print advertisements into digital units. An Adpage ad appears as a display ad on a site, which then opens to a full spread featuring the print promotion. According to Mik Stroyberg, head of consumer engagement with Issuu, “We’re not making digital ads; we launched a new way to edit. You can also include links in the new ad.”Advertisers are charged per click, not on the number of user impressions to a site. “You only pay if you engage the audience,” says Stroyberg.last_img read more

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Stagnito Edgell Path to Purchase Institute Rebrand as EnsembleIQ

first_img “We’re attracted to companies with entrepreneurial management teams who are poised for growth in vibrant markets,” says RFE managing director Ned Truslow. “The businesses that have joined forces to form EnsembleIQ certainly fit that bill.” The merged companies will henceforth do business as EnsembleIQ, president and CEO Peter Hoyt announced today.  “To suddenly have access to each other, to compare notes, there is a lot of synergy that is obvious and immediate between the organizations,” Hoyt tells Folio:. “At its core, the business we are in calls for a creative, collaborative effort.” “We’re taking these different entities and pulling them together to create a new capability. Each has different values to add,” says Hoyt. “Retail is faced with inevitable, enormous change. We’re in the best position with this full spectrum of publications looking at all these critical retail verticals to be able to help people understand what’s happening and to navigate it.” When Stagnito and Edgell were merged in February and purchased by private equity firm RFE Investment Partners, the idea of gaining access to Edgell’s expertise in covering the industry’s technological advances only sweetened the deal. Hoyt says he began exploring the market for a potential Path to Purchase Institute sale last summer, and that obvious synergies between the Institute’s events business and the monthly Shopper Marketing and Stagnito’s brands like Progressive Grocer and Convenience Store News made Stagnito an attractive partner. Striving for “Extraordinary Value” The new company formed by the merger of Stagnito Business Information, Edgell Communications, and the Path to Purchase Institute now has a new name. Key to that growth, says Hoyt, is continued investment in the company’s existing products, but that EnsembleIQ will also actively seek acquisitions that can complement its service to the market. Hoyt tells Folio: that the name is meant to evoke feelings of synergy between the newly combined businesses, various moving parts working together in concert to form a formidable business intelligence resource that surrounds every aspect of the retail and consumer goods markets. Hoyt downplayed any potential redundancies or layoffs resulting from the merger, and says the company is actually hiring, particularly in events, tech, editorial, and production. He praised owner RFE’s leadership for their willingness to invest in EnsembleIQ’s growth, explicitly stating the new company’s goal of growing to three-times its current size over the next five to seven years. Hoyt himself is the largest individual investor in the venture. While Korry Stagnito is staying on as COO, his brother Kollin, who had originally been named president and CEO of Stagnito + Edgell, is leaving the company. RFE preferred one CEO to two (former Edgell CEO Gerry Ryerson retired when the merger was made official), and selected Hoyt.  “This venture is going to succeed in direct proportion to the degree to which we help people and their businesses succeed,” adds Hoyt. “The only reason we exist is to be of extraordinary use and value to the audiences that we serve, regardless of the medium, whether its print, digital, or face-to-face events.” “Peter Hoyt is a true innovator,” says executive chairman Alan Glass, to whom Hoyt will report. “With his long history of success in the market, Peter has gained a unique understanding of the changes that have revolutionized retail, and he now has the resources at his disposal to help all industry stakeholders succeed in this new retail environment.” Unifying three formerly separate publishing companies will be a process extending into next year, but Hoyt says that eventually EnsembleIQ will be based in two main locations: Chicago and New Jersey, with a third office in Toronto for a handful of brands, such as Pharmacy Business, that came into the EnsembleIQ fold through Stagnito. Hoyt, who was previously CEO of the Path to Purchase Institute, was tapped as president and CEO of the new organization last month. Although EnsembleIQ says that no publications, websites, or events will cease to operate as a result of the merger, the rebranding does mark the end of two decades-old legacy names in business media. Going forward, neither Stagnito nor Edgell will continue to be used as brand names within the company.last_img read more

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Public Outdoor Ice Skating Rink Coming To Rotary Park This December

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the Board of Selectmen on Monday night on the town’s efforts to create a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink for residents to enjoy.“The plan is to have a portable rink set up at Rotary Park on the Church Street side of the park,” announced Hull.The Department of Public Works selected Rotary Park for several reasons. The park’s grass field meets the rink’s specifications without any sort of earthmoving operations. The park is centrally located within the community, with Adelaide Street offering off-street parking and pedestrian connectivity. Water service (a new fire hydrant) is located along Adelaide Street, which enables the rink to be filled without having to lay any hoses across a roadway. The Park’s close proximity to the Public Safety Building was also a factor.“After consulting with a few different outlets, the DPW has a particular vendor in mind – [NiceRink Outdoor Skating Rink System],” continued Hull.“The rink will be 52 feet by 100 feet.”A floodlight will be placed on the closest utility pole to help illuminate the area. The floodlight will be set up on a timer for lighting only at appropriate times. There will also be two benches installed near the rink.“The approximate cost of the project is $4,834,” noted Hull. “We’ll fund that through the Recreation Department’s funds.”Public Works Director Mike Woods noted that the liner, at a cost of approximately $1,000, will need to be replaced annually. The rest of the rink will be stored in the offseason at DPW headquarters.The rink has a 4-week lead time from date of purchase to delivery, followed by an anticipated 3-week installation schedule.“The plan is to order the rink in mid-October. We expect to have it ready to go in December,” said Hull.“Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell and Selectman Kevin Caira brought the temporary ice rink idea to the table, DPW agreed to do all the work, and the Recreation Department agreed to finance the project,” Recreation Director Karen Campbell previously told Wilmington Apple. “The use of the rink will be free to all.”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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”Outdoor Ice Skating Rink At Rotary Park Opening Very Soon, Rules AnnouncedIn “Community”SELECTMEN NEWS: New Board Has First Disagreement When Choosing Its Representative To Town Ice Rink CommitteeIn “Government”last_img read more

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Not My Town Grizzly Trade Ambles Through Places Personalities of Southeast

first_imgIt’s got a Vietnam vet with a big heart and anger management problems, a small-town newspaper reporter, and a hippie radio station.Throw in some meth-fuelled wildlife crime and a few cruise ships and you have the makings of an adventure mystery set in Southeast Alaska.Dale Brandenburger is a former biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game who’s combined decades of journaling and a knack for storytelling into a new novel called Grizzly Trade.Download AudioAuthor Dale Brandenburger will read from his novel Grizzly Trade 5 PM Wed Sep 3 at Old Harbor Books in Sitka.To speak to Dale Brandenburger, first you’ve got to find him. For the past six weeks he’s been working on a research cruise for the Sitka Sound Science Center.‘Grizzly Trade’ is Brandenburger’s second novel, but the first to see print.We finally established a scratchy connection via satellite phone as the boat he’s working on, the Sitka-based Surveyor, motored out of Rodman Bay.“You know a lot of things you read about Alaska, it’s always man-versus-nature struggling. And I don’t really see people striving so much to survive, as thriving up here. I wanted to include Alaskans’ sense of humor and have some fun with the book. Hopefully, it’s a fun read.”And Grizzly Trade, despite it’s dime-novel cast of cops, reporters, petty criminals, and other ne’er do-wells, is a fun read. The protagonist is a Vietnam veteran named Red who grows frustrated when law enforcement is unable to stop the poaching of brown bears, whose paws and gall bladders are then trafficked on the Asian aphrodisiac market.Red’s decision to track the poachers leads him through a series of episodes — most of which are based on events that actually happened and many remember — like a cruise ship spill involving dry cleaning and photo chemicals.Brandenburger worked for ADF&G for 28 years, both in Juneau and in Sitka, and was a diligent journal-writer. He’s seen a lot. Maybe too much, according to his wife.“Two of the incidents in the book, she was like, No one would believe that! They were true incidents as well. And I had to cut them from the book, otherwise my credibility would have been shot, I think.”Although the character of Red is based on a friend of his in Ketchikan — a “big guy with a red beard and anger-management problems” — most everyone else is an amalgam of folks he has met over the course of his career. There is a newspaper reporter, however, from a town north of Sitka whom Brandenburger says may see a bit of himself. And that hippie radio station? That could be anywhere.Brandenburger set his story in the fictional town of Alkoot, rather than pin all this strangeness on a specific locale.“Yeah, it gives you a little more freedom than trying to write a bunch of facts about Alaska. And it makes for more of a page-turner, I think, for certain readers.”Brandenburger has written one previous unpublished novel, which he says was good experience for this book, plus changed his approach to writing. He’s decided to not be quite so serious, and to follow the lead of authors like…“Carl Hiaasen, who’s written a lot of satirical-type stuff about environmental issues in Florida. David James Duncan who wrote The Brothers K and The River Why. And I was a fan of John D. MacDonald, too — and author who hasn’t been around for a while but has written some great stuff.”Brandenburger says he has mined his journals of the last thirty years for material forGrizzly Trade. So much happens, readers may wonder if there’s anything left for the little town of Alkoot.Brandenburger says he’s already well into his next story.“It’s in the same town ten years later and they’re trying to put in a hydroelectric dam, and there’s also a reality TV show that comes to town. So that’s going to be fun as well. I’m having a good time writing it.”Hydroelectric dam and reality television? Now, that really could be anywhere.last_img read more

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2nd session of 11th parliament prorogued

first_imgJatiya Sangsad. File PhotoThe second session of the 11th Parliament was prorogued on Tuesday after only five sittings, reports UNB.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury read out the prorogation order of the president around 9:49pm.Three bills were passed during the session that began on 24 April.During the session, 166 notices were placed under Section 71 of the Rules of Procedure, of which nine were accepted and one was discussed in the House.Besides, 45 notices were discussed for two minutes under Section 71 (Ka) of the Rules of Procedure.A total of 44 questions were received for prime minister Sheikh Hasina. She replied to 11 of them.The session received 1,040 questions for different ministers with the ministers answering 375.While reading out the prorogation order, the speaker welcomed the BNP and Gonoforum MPs for joining Parliament.During the session, five BNP MPs joined parliament taking oath. But another BNP MP-elect Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir did not join parliament and his constituency, Bogura-6, fell vacant.The five BNP MPs were incorporated in the five parliamentary standing committees reconstituting those during the second session of the 11th parliament.The session also unanimously adopted a resolution urging parliaments, governments and citizens of all the countries of the world to put up resistance against terror incidents and sexual harassments.In the resolution, Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad also expressed its deep hatred and anger at the huge casualties in the terror attacks in New Zealand Christchurch mosques, Sri Lankan churches and hotels where Zayan Chowdhury who is a grandson of chairman of parliamentary standing committee on the health ministry Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim was killed, as well as sexual harassment towards madrasa student Nusrat and burning her to death in Sonagazi upazila of Feni.The current parliament formed through the 30 December general election went into its maiden session on 30 January, which was prorogued on 11 March after 26 sittings.last_img read more

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