There is an iron law in sales that requires that you create value for your dream clients (or prospects) in every interaction. You are trading the value you create for their most precious commodities, their time and attention.When you disrespect the gift that is your dream client’s time and attention, you violate that iron law, and you alienate your dream client.Breaking the LawThere are certain questions that create no value for your prospective client. Let’s review a few of them now.“Do you have budget?” If this is your first time speaking with a prospective client, you have done an outstanding job making sure that they know you are qualifying them. You have also established yourself as self-oriented, and you have established your company as not-very-thoughtful.“Are you the person who would be making the decision to purchase?” You’re telegraphing your intentions here, aren’t you? This isn’t really a very good question early in a relationship. As a percentage, it creates exactly 0.0 percent value for your dream client.“How soon are you thinking about making a purchase decision?” For some reason, you believe that you have to have a fully qualified, ready-to-buy lead to pass onto the salesperson with whom you work.The reason you have trouble qualifying early in the conversation is because it is unnatural and because it subtracts value.Ignorance of the Law is No DefenseIf you can’t create value by identifying where your dream client is in their buying journey and addressing their needs there, they are right to refuse any request you make to move forward—with you or the person to whom you are supposed to be handing them to.If the salesperson who is supposed to receive this “qualified” lead can’t create value where your dream client is at the end of your conversation because you’ve done too much value creating, then they need to work much harder to pick up where you left off.Whatever your role is in sales, that role requires you to make every prospective client interaction valuable for them. You can do this and do the qualifying work you need to do, even if it requires you learn to ask more artful questions, and even if you have to teach and train your salesperson how to create additional value. 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 Now
Hyderabad, Sep 30 (PTI) The United Front for Social Justice (UFSJ) has won all posts in the elections held for the students union of the University of Hyderabad for 2016-17, beating ABVP.After a day-long process of counting the votes polled on September 28, the results were announced late last night, said a release from University of Hyderabad, popularly known as Hyderabad Central University (HCU).The UFSJ won all the posts, with its candidate Kuldeep Singh Nagi winning presidents post by securing 1,406 votes against Gopal Krishna of AVBP-OBCA who secured 1,354 votes.The vice-presidents post was won by Bukya Sunder of UFSJ securing 1,701 votes against Aditya of AVBP-OBCA who got 1,405 votes.The general secretarys post was won by Suman Damera of UFSJ securing 1,842 votes against Anand Rao of ABVP-OBCA who got 1,503 votes.The joint secretarys post was won by Pilli Vijay Kumar who got 1,557 votes against Ajit of ABVP-OBCA who secured 1,351 votes.The students groups that stood for elections this year included Ambedkar Students Association (ASA), USFJ, and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) along with the OBC Association (OBCA), the third major group contesting.UFSJ comprises Students Federation of India, Dalit Students Union, Tribal Students Forum, Bahujan Students Front and Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika.The cultural secretarys post was won by Nakhrai Debarma of UFSJ with 1,823 votes against Shanti of ABVP-OBCA who secured 1,594 votes.Similarly, UFSJs Ushnish Das won the post of sports secretary securing 1,790 votes against Nanda of ABVP-OBCA who got 1,632 votes, the release added. PTI VVK GK DV
NEW YORK — A little rest went a long way for Alex Rodriguez.Rodriguez returned from the All-Star break with a boom, hitting a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees overcame two homers by Kyle Seager to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 July 17.Left off the AL All-Star team, A-Rod hit his 19th homer of the season and 673rd of his career. He connected 10 days before his 40th birthday. “I’m rested, I’m healthy,” he said.Rodriguez appeared on the ESPYs awards show in Los Angeles during the four-day layoff, and quickly got back into the swing.“Alex has that ability,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “Gets the second half started out the right away.”Rodriguez lined a solo drive into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center field. The one-out shot came against Joe Beimel (0-1). Earlier in the game, Rodriguez singled for his 3,021st hit, moving past Rafael Palmeiro for 25th place on the all-time list.“He held up great the first half,” Girardi said. “I expect him to hold up well the second half.”Beimel said he threw a sinker that didn’t sink. “Bad pitch on a guy that has over 650 home runs,” he said. “I knew as soon as he hit it. I’m surprised it didn’t go farther than it actually did because it was pretty loud off the bat.”Chris Young homered and doubled in helping the AL East leaders beat the Mariners for the seventh straight time, with the previous six wins at Safeco Field. Seattle had won five in a row at Yankee Stadium, dating to 2013.Overall, the road team had won 11 straight in the Mariners-Yankees series.Masahiro Tanaka (6-3) beat the Mariners for the second time this season, striking out seven in seven innings.All-Star Dellin Betances struck out Seager in a perfect eighth, and Andrew Miller closed for his 19th save in as many chances.Seager twice tagged Tanaka, driving in all three Seattle runs with the sixth multihomer game of his career.Tanaka fared much better against star slugger Nelson Cruz, retiring him all three times, twice on strikeouts. Cruz is 0-for-12 lifetime vs. the Japanese right-hander, fanning six times.Young hit a solo homer off rookie Mike Montgomery in the second, and doubled and scored in the fourth. In both at-bats, Young seemed surprised that 3-1 pitches were called strikes before delivering.Montgomery struck out nine in six innings.Rodriguez singled in the fifth and scored on Brian McCann’s single, making it 3-all.After his team went 41-48 in the first half, manager Lloyd McClendon led the Mariners in a full-squad workout at Yankee Stadium five hours before the game. He said the practice and a follow-up meeting were designed to get the kinks out and focus the players.“We haven’t played any baseball that amounted to much of anything,” McClendon said before the game, adding, “I expect to see a different club tonight.”(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON (AP) — The party’s officially over for Rob Gronkowski.The New England Patriots’ fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowl-filled seasons.The four-time All-Pro posted his decision on Instagram , saying that a few months shy of his 30th birthday “it’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.”“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronkowski wrote in his post. “I will be retiring from the game of football today.”Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski’s agent, confirmed his client’s decision to retire.The playmaking tight end, who turns 30 in May, leaves as a three-time Super Bowl champion who established himself as one of the most dominant players at his position and one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. His personality — on and off the field — was as big as his biceps, and he always seemed to be the life of the party.“In the nine years that I have known Rob Gronkowski, I have never known him to have a bad day,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “He always has a youthful exuberance about him and is a joy to be around.But Gronkowski has been dogged in recent seasons by back, knee, ankle and arm injuries that have limited his ability to stay on the field.It led him to hint at retirement following New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to end the 2017 season and again last month after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.In his Instagram post, Gronkowski thanked the Patriots organization, coach Bill Belichick and New England’s fans for their support during his nine NFL seasons.“Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be,” Gronkowski wrote.Belichick said Gronkowski was a major reason the Patriots won championships.“His production spoke for itself, but his daily attitude, unmistakably positive energy wherever he went and toward whoever he touched will never be forgotten,” Belichick said in a statement.Gronkowski’s teammates also almost immediately began to flood social media with well-wishes.“Love you man!!” Brady wrote on Instagram, along with an emoji of a goat to refer to Gronkowski as the greatest of all-time. “Couldn’t be a better person or teammate!!!!”It was a sentiment shared by receiver Julian Edelman.“The other goat,” Edelman posted on his Instagram page, also referring to Brady.Though he won’t have the longevity of some of his contemporaries at tight end, Gronkowski is expected to get strong consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when eligible.Gronkowski, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, had his fourth career 1,000-yard receiving season in 2017 and was an All-Pro for the fourth time that season.But at times he looked like a shell of himself during the Patriots’ Super Bowl run this past season. Gronkowski finished the 2018 regular season with just 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns.He had one of his best games of the season in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Rams, hauling in six catches for 87 yards, including two receptions on New England’s only touchdown drive during their 13-3 victory.A fan favorite in New England for his gregarious and playful persona that included awkward dance moves and touchdown celebrations, Gronkowski was one of the most dominant tight ends of his era.His 12 career postseason touchdown receptions are the most by a tight end in NFL playoff history. His 81 career postseason catches are also best among tight ends.He’ll also retire with 79 career TD catches — regular season and playoffs — which is third all-time by a tight end behind only Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111).Brady and Gronkowski connected on 78 TD passes. It is the second-most scoring connections between a quarterback and a tight end in NFL history behind only Philip Rivers and Gates (89) and is fifth overall between quarterbacks and all pass-catchers.“Rob will leave an indelible mark on the Patriots organization and the game,” Brady said, “as among the best, most complete players at his position to ever play.”By: Kyle Hightower, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Every few years since at least the 1940s, the idea of flying cars finds its way into the media. “They’re coming someday soon,” is the oft-repeated promise. But will they ever really happen? The short answer is: They’re already here. Sort of. Let’s take a look at four cutting-edge, pre-production prototypes that are almost ready for primetime so you can judge for yourself.Volocoptor by e-Volo – $340,000e-Volo/FacebookE-Volo’s Volocoptor is less a flying car and more a jumbo-sized drone with two seats and a joystick. It’s capable of vertical take-off and landing, hovering, and completely autonomous flight. There’s a lot to like about the prototype, especially compared to “traditional” flying car concepts (is there such a thing?). The 18 rotors are the Volocoptor’s obvious selling point, ensuring it’s stable and super easy to fly, plus they provide a boatload of redundancy in the event of a system failure. Because it’s all-electric, it’s also emissions-free. The German-produced personal ‘copter has been in steady development since 2012, but the company promises it is moving forward.Flying Car by Aeromobil – $1.2 MillionImage courtesy of AeromobilThe folks at Slovakia-based Aeromobil aren’t exactly bleeding edge when it comes to marketing. They’ve yet to devise a better name for their prototype flying car than, well, “Flying Car.” But they’re clearly thinking outside the box with this concept. It debuted at the 2017 Paris Air Show, and the design lives up to its name literally. In under three minutes, the wheeled vehicle transforms from a futuristic, Minority Report-esque automobile to a full-fledged flying machine. Two wings extend from either side, while a propeller emerges from the rear to push it skyward. All you need is a bit of runway. The company only plans a limited production run of just 500, and this level of awesomeness doesn’t come cheap.AirQuadOne by Neva – Price TBAImage courtesy of Neva AerospaceIt seems certain the future of flying cars will involve electric motors and souped-up, drone-style propulsion. UK-based Neva Aerospace is pushing this concept forward with its AirQuadOne. The craft weighs just 1,000 pounds (including 220 pounds for the pilot), one-third of which is batteries. With a 30-minute flight time, and a 50 mile per hour top speed, the solo craft is purpose-built for short hops (think flying across Los Angeles). It’s designed to take off and land vertically, and charging is no different than today’s electric cars. Just plug it in when you get home. Given the surprisingly realistic figures for this one, it seems the most likely prototype to reach production in the near future.Pop.Up by Airbus – Price TBAImage courtesy of AirbusAirbus manufacturers approximately half the total jets for the world’s largest commercial airlines. When personal flying craft finally go mainstream, it seems Airbus or one of their competitors will be leading the charge. While the final production model of Airbus’ foray into the flying car space probably won’t look exactly like this, it’s a real glimpse into their design room. The modular Pop.Up is no doubt the most ambitious flying car concept on this list. At ground level, the carbon fiber pod travels autonomously on four wheels, powered by an all-electric motor. When you’re ready to fly, a single button push summons a rotor-powered air module that clips to the roof of the pod to pull you skyward. The cherry on top: Upon arriving at your destination, the pod auto parks itself at a charging station. Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale
zoom Danish liner Maersk Line has offered commitments to the European Commission aimed at removing potential competition related impediments to its acquisition of shares of German counterpart Hamburg Süd.The commitments were submitted on Monday, March 20th and the Commission is to decide on the case by April 10.“On 20 March 2017 Maersk Line submitted its proposed commitments to the European Commission regarding the proposed acquisition of Hamburg Süd. This follows standard procedure for cases under the EU Merger Regulation,” Maersk Line said in a statement to World Maritime News.The company, however, did not disclose what remedies were offered as those were “available only for the market participants addressed by the European Commission in its current remedies market investigation.”“Maersk Line expects clearance by the European Commission on 10 April 2017 in which information about any agreed commitments will also be communicated.”Furthermore, Maersk Line added that, subject to regulatory approval, it expects to close the transaction by the end of 2017.Maersk Line signed a sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of the German carrier on March 14.The latest move comes on the back of an agreement reached between the Danish container carrier and the Oetker Group at the start of December 2016.With the acquisition of Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line will grow its global capacity share to approximately 18.6% (now 15.7%), its nominal capacity to around 3.8 million TEU (now 3.1 million TEU) while decreasing the average age of the combined fleet of more than 700 vessels to 8.7 years compared to Maersk Line’s present vessel age of 9.2 years.World Maritime News Staff
More than 80 complaints have now been received against two former RCMP doctors under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct spanning decades, police in Ontario and Nova Scotia say.Toronto police have logged more than 20 complaints against a retired doctor in the Mounties’ Ontario division, while Halifax police have received “in excess of 60 complaints” against a former Nova Scotia doctor.“These reports are still being investigated and no final decisions have been made on potential outcomes as yet,” Meaghan Gray of the Toronto Police Service said by email Monday. She added that it’s “still too early in the process” to say whether charges will be laid.It is the first time Toronto police have revealed the number of complaints they have received, while Halifax police said Friday they had received about 50 complaints to that point.The Toronto doctor was allegedly particularly focused on women’s nipples during medical examinations, while the Halifax doctor, nicknamed Dr. Fingers, has been accused of inappropriate and unnecessary vaginal and rectal examinations.The force’s commanding officer in Nova Scotia, Assistant Commissioner Brian Brennan, said last week that “a multiple of dozens” of women have brought forward allegations of incidents between October 1981 and July 2003 at the RCMP health services office in the Halifax suburb of Bedford.In a note to officers, he said he expects “many more” women to come forward in the months ahead.“I am at a loss for words as I write this message to you. To say I’m shocked and disheartened doesn’t seem like enough,” Brennan wrote in the internal memo.Assistant Commissioner Stephen White, the force’s acting chief human resources officer, said in an email to members that the allegations involved a doctor who conducted recruitment medical examinations and periodic health assessments on members.The retired doctor declined to respond publicly on the allegations when reached last week.The claims against the physicians mirror widespread complaints about sexual harassment in the national police force that led the federal court to approve a landmark settlement last spring.Megan McPhee, a principal with a Toronto-based law firm serving as counsel in the class-action lawsuit, said last week that the physicians allegedly abused their power over vulnerable young recruits who were “deeply afraid” that speaking out would damage their careers in the RCMP.“The issues we’re hearing with respect to the Halifax doctor are arising very early in the employment, when there is a potential power imbalance between a doctor and a woman who is trying to fulfil her dream of becoming an RCMP officer,” she said.“Women simply don’t feel comfortable coming forward because they’re so deeply afraid of the impact that speaking out could have on their careers.”The deadline for the uncapped class action settlement is Feb. 8.
EDMONTON – Alberta’s crown-owned bank, ATB Financial, has chosen its chief customer officer Curtis Stange as its new president and CEO.Stange will replace current president and CEO Dave Mowat, who is set to retire from the Edmonton-based financial institution at the end of June.He was selected after a North American search following Mowat’s retirement announcement in January.Stange is currently ATB’s chief customer officer, heading up all the bank’s customer-facing services, but also has more than 30 years of experience in banking.The Alberta government has formally approved Stange’s appointment.ATB has more than 5,000 employees and 750,000 customers across Alberta.
1 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced plans today to reassign several key leadership posts involving United Nations operations in Lebanon and Georgia. Mr. Ban has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Johan Verbeke, his current UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, to the post of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Georgia and head of the UN Observer Mission to that country (known as UNOMIG).Mr. Verbeke will succeed Jean Arnault, who will be reassigned shortly, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.A career diplomat from Belgium, Mr. Verbeke has extensive experience with the UN system, including as his country’s Permanent Representative to the Organization from September 2004 to April this year.The Secretary-General also informed the Council of his plan to appoint Michael C. Williams of the United Kingdom to replace Mr. Verbeke as Special Coordinator for Lebanon.Mr. Williams has previously served as the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, and was most recently the UK Representative for the Middle East and Special Projects.Ms. Montas said the Secretary-General was confident that the new appointments would ensure continued strong leadership on the ground in both Lebanon and Georgia.
The national park was awarded Unesco World Heritage status last yearCredit:Getty Andrew Tinkler, Stobart’s CEO, previously outlined the firm’s ambitions for the region.“If you look at the tourism in this area, it’s massive – probably second biggest after London – so I think through the summer it’d be very busy,” he said. The Lakes District National Park attracts around 18 million visitors a year. Hikers, cyclists and lovers of the great outdoors will be able to fly direct to the Lake District this summer when scheduled passenger flights to the national park resume after a 25-year hiatus.Services to Carlisle Lake District Airport have been on the cards for several years but today it announced that commercial and business flights will restart on June 4.Full details of airlines and routes are yet to be revealed but the airport, owned by the Stobart Group since 2009, has identified London, Belfast and Dublin as key connections. It is believed flights will be operated in the first instance by Stobart Air, which runs scheduled services under the brands Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe.The nearest operational airport to the Unesco World Heritage site is currently Manchester, around a 90-minute drive to the south.“Carlisle Lake District Airport will have a huge impact on Cumbria’s visiting economy and is also a key strategic business asset for the county,” said Graham Haywood, executive director of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, which has invested £4.95m in the development of the airport. There have been many failed efforts to establish passenger flights. British European Airways briefly flew from the airport to the Isle of Man and Belfast in 1946 and 1947; Court Line Aviation offered flights from London between 1967 and 1969; Air Ecosse launched services in the early Eighties; and in 1993 New Air began flights from Carlisle to Stansted, but collapsed after just two months.Last summer, the Lakes received a boost when Unesco awarded it World Heritage status, the first UK national park to do so. Tinkler said passenger services would come to Carlisle, which typically caters for private aircraft, helicopters and military planes, in May 2016, when he targeted spring 2017 as a start date.Carlisle Lake District Airport opened in the Thirties as an RAF base before being sold to local authorities in 1960. It had several owners before the Stobart Group stepped in.
Three teams for the EHF Champions League TOP 8 will be known after clashes on Saturday…SATURDAY:MKB MVM Veszprem – Naturhouse la Rioja 16.30 (first match – 31:23)RK Vardar – Wisla Plock 20.15 (27:33)Vive Tauron Kielce – HC Montpellier 15.30 (29:25) ← Previous Story SEHA GSS regular season is over – Six teams to fight for the trophy in Veszprem Next Story → Kielce to TOP 8 despite home defeat!
La nuit des chercheurs organisée demain dans 18 villes françaisesFrance – La nuit des chercheurs 2010 sera célébrée demain dans une quinzaine de villes françaises. But de l’événement : permettre au grand public de rencontrer les scientifiques et de se laisser séduire par la recherche grâce à des activités ludiques.La nuit du 24 septembre 2010 sera l’occasion ou jamais d’aller à la rencontre des chercheurs, et de se débarrasser de l’image du savant fou enfermé dans son laboratoire. Dix-huit villes de France participeront à la sixième nuit des chercheurs, pour laquelle seront organisées de nombreuses activités. Objectif : permettre au grand public de découvrir ce métier, et aux plus jeunes de se plonger dans l’univers passionnant des sciences. Ainsi, à Besançon, les apprentis archéologues seront invités à voyager dans le futur, à la découverte d’un site accueillant les fouilles organisées suite à des événements catastrophiques survenus durant le troisième millénaire.A Angers, c’est un speed-searching qui sera organisé. Des chercheurs disposeront alors d’une dizaine de minutes pour parler de l’un des objets qu’ils utilisent quotidiennement dans leurs recherches. Brest, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris, mais aussi de nombreuses villes européennes, proposeront jeux de pistes, ateliers, rencontres et expositions, dont le programme est à découvrir sur le site de l’événement.Le 23 septembre 2010 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target PokemonPokemon Let’s Go’s combination of simpler gameplay and Generation One nostalgia should be a big hit with Comic-Con visitors who mainly love Pokemon through outside media like toys and the anime. The Poke Ball Plus controller also totally looks like something someone would carry around at a con. Funko PopsThere is an actual game in the works based on Funko Pops, that Gears of War Funko Pop game from E3. But right now we’re talking about the mountains of dead-eyed bobble head #brand toys you’ll see at Comic-Con based on video game characters and literally everything else. A SDCC 2018 exclusive is a version of Soldier 76 from Overwatch. Funko also just acquired the Pokemon license so that’s almost a thousand more of these things you can expect to see soonLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Comic-Con (in San Diego, not New York) is just a few weeks away. Soon nerds of all levels of professionalism will descend upon California to learn more about hot new movies and TV shows along with the comic books they may have once been based on. Geek.com will of course have plenty of coverage, and our own MovieBob Chipman will even be on a few panels.San Diego Comic-Con is a holy event for the dorky #brand entertainment that now runs the world. But video games are also very much a part of that entertainment, even if they aren’t always the biggest thing at this particular show. Since SDCC takes place in the period where the games industry is still recovering from E3, we never expect tons of bombshell announcements out of the show. But as a way for the public (who didn’t go to E3) to have a chance to play this fall’s hottest games, Comic-Con surprisingly delivers. Here are the games to check out at SDCC 2018.Not Rocksteady’s GameRocksteady made a name for itself with the Batman Arkham trilogy, arguably the greatest series of video games based on a comic book character. It’s been three years since their last project, and everyone is expecting the successor to be another DC adaptation like Superman or Justice League. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to keep guessing for a little while longer as Rocksteady, after skipping E3, isn’t showing anything off at Comic-Con either.Super Smash Bros. UltimateThe shining star of Nintendo’s somewhat light E3, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings together a cast of characters that frankly trumps even the wackiest comic book crossovers. SDCC attendees should get a chance to play it on the show floor but we’re hoping Nintendo goes the extra mile and announces a new character like Simon Belmont or Shrek. Resident Evil 2 RemakeCapcom has pretty much earned back all the goodwill it lost with the disastrous Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite thanks to how stunning the Resident Evil 2 Remake looks. Combining the story and atmosphere of rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy’s first adventure with the revamped gameplay of his follow-up masterpiece Resident Evil 4, this is a nightmare you shouldn’t sleep on. Marvel GamesFor once Marvel has a true-blue exciting AAA game coming out soon in the form of Sony/Insomniac’s Spider-Man out this September on PlayStation 4. So expect to see a ton of that at the show. Marvel says it has other games as well but we’re thinking that’ll mostly be mobile stuff, unless they remembered that Square Enix Avengers project is a thing. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4The biggest subtraction from this year’s Call of Duty is the removal of a single-player campaign. But the biggest addition is the battle royale mode. “Blackout” probably won’t be available in the SDCC demo of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But there will be more than enough people wandering Hall H to act out your own massive battle royale matches until only one person is left standing. Bandai Namco Fighting GamesSomething tells us there’s a big overlap between Comic-Con patrons and folks who played too much Soul Calibur II back in the day. Maybe the common thread is Spawn? In any case Bandai Namco will showcase Soul Calibur VI at the event along with their other fighting games like the ever-improving Tekken 7, anime orgy Jump Force, and Dragon Ball FighterZ for Nintendo Switch. Kingdom Hearts IIISpeaking of Square Enix, half of the #brands that dominate SDCC now belong to Disney. So of course the long-awaited third entry in the beloved JRPG series starring Disney characters will be there. Kingdom Hearts III is coming next January, so the team can’t skip any chance to remind people it’s a real video game now and not a DeviantArt fever dream.
Stay on target Oh man, R.I.P. Stephen Hillenburg. Thanks for giving us two decades of pure fun. These characters and memes will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/Lgq5gdmua3— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) November 27, 2018 Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend To Stephen Hillenburg:This grill is not a homeThis is not the stove I knowI would trade it all awayIf you’d come back to stayThis kitchen’s not the same without youIt’s just a greasy spoon(Just a greasy spoon)Without youRIP, and thank you. pic.twitter.com/WKke0E0iMV— Nathan Villasenor (@NVillasenor625) November 27, 2018Hillenburg is survived by his wife Karen Hillenburg, son Clay, brother Brian Kelly Hillenburg, and mother Nancy Hillenburg.More on Geek.com:Stan Lee, Legendary Marvel Comics Co-Creator, Dies at 95Douglas Rain, the Eerie Voice of HAL 9000 in ‘2001,’ Dies at 90Mario Segale, Inspiration for Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario,’ Dies at 84 Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, has died at the age of 57.Hillenburg, who developed SpongeBob SquarePants and the Bikini Bottom universe, died on Monday, according to Variety. Hillenburg’s cause of death was ALS, an illness which he was diagnosed with last year.“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Variety. “Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere.” We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work. — Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018Hillenburg, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, was always interested in art and sea creatures. His experience as a marine biology teacher in Florida led him to create and illustrate stories to help kids learn science, and some of these creations would later become the famous marine characters in SpongeBob SquarePants.In 1987, Hillenburg went to pursue an animation career and eventually earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1992. After wining an award for Best Animated Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 1992, Hillenburg worked on other projects, including his own animated short Wormholes and the Nickelodeon hit series, Rocko’s Modern Life.Following these projects, Hillenburg dedicated most of his time to write, direct, and produce SpongeBob SquarePants, which aired its first episode on Nickelodeon in 1999, and today, has almost 250 episodes on TV. SpongeBob SquarePants also went to the big screen twice with The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. It even got a Broadway musical adaptation.SpongeBob SquarePants has a diverse audience, spanning from kids to adults who appreciate SpongeBob SquarePants’ comedic personality and hilarious ocean adventures. Fans on Twitter also expressed sadness over Hillenburg’s death and praised him for positively impacting their lives.Spongebob is the most influential cartoon of my generation hands down. The show will always have a special meaning to me and I’m thankful for all the laughs it has given me over the years. RIP Stephen Hillenburg and thanks for sharing Spongebob with the world pic.twitter.com/KshNDDcmDL— Tripp (@Tripphammr) November 27, 2018
Load More Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Jade Dragon at City of Dreams has been named Macau’s third 3 Michelin star restaurant after being awarded an extra star for the first time in the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2019.The fine dining Chinese restaurant is one of 18 establishments in Macau to receive stars in the latest guide, joining The Eight and Robuchon au Dôme at SJM’s Grand Lisboa with 3 stars. Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau also has five 2 star restaurants in the current guide, with recently opened Alain Ducasse at Morpheus a new addition to the list. Eleven restaurants have received 1 star.“Hong Kong and Macau are very special cities within the gastronomic world,” said International Director of Michelin Guides, Gwendal Poullennec.“They attract many tourists and business people from around the world, and as a result these cities have been blessed with gastronomic influences that oscillate between traditional Cantonese and Macau cuisine, combined with international flavors.” RelatedPosts
Something for the weekend: London-based luxury goods marketplace Hush Hush is hiring for a luxury product tester to review opulent items such as a £47 million superyacht.Applicants with an eye for the finer things in life will love the gold-plated opportunities this unique job offers. Not only will the chosen candidate be able to sample and review jaw-dropping items like a jewel-encrusted watch worth £55 million, a French chateau valued at £62 million, or a superyacht with a £47 million price tag, but they will also earn their own tidy sum of £75,000 a year.The position requires extensive travel, so interested job seekers need to be prepared to don their passports at the drop of a designer hat in order to test out private islands or regal properties around the world.But what does the role actually involve? The new luxury product tester will be tasked with reviewing high-end items before they go on sale to the general public. This will involve testing for style, comfort, performance and sustainability before writing a full report on each product.Hush Hush is looking for applicants who are over 18 years old, have a passion for travel, art and fashion, and who have decent writing capabilities. Candidates must also be discreet, sociable and eloquent as they will act as the main point of contact for Hush Hush’s suppliers too.Here at Employee Benefits, we would love to use our well-honed writing skills to bag us a spot on the superyacht’s next outing or for an indulgent stay at the French chateau. However, we cannot promise we would hit deadline if we were offered the chance to visit a private island…
IBM’s Sequoia has claimed top spot as the most powerful supercomputer on the planet, beating Fujitsu’s K Computer to second position.According to a BBC report, this is the first time a US technology firm has been accredited for creating the world’s fastest computer since losing out to China’s Tianhe-1A supercomputer that was developed in 2010. Out of the top ten positions, IBM holds out five spots.The title was announced by the TOP500 Project Committee, who has been publishing the list of top supercomputers on a bi-annual basis since 1993.Sequoia was developed primarily for the US National Nuclear Security Administration and the supercomputer will be used for conducting simulations on nuclear weapons.According to a press statement from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where the Sequoia is currently present, the main purpose of the computer is to “provide a more complete understanding of weapons performance.””While Sequoia may be the fastest, the underlying computing capabilities it provides give us increased confidence in the nation’s nuclear deterrent,” Thomas D’Agostino, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator, said according to BBC.For Sequoia to perform a calculation in one hour would equal 6.7 billion people taking 320 years to do so on hand calculators.IBM’s superfast speeds are backed by over 1.5 million processors that are integrated in its circuitry and the device is around 1.55 times faster and consumes less power than the K Computer. The Japanese based device previously topped the TOP500 list of fastest computers twice.According to Professor Jack Dongarra, who co-publishes the list with German-based Professor Hans Meuer, IBM has reached a speed rate that’s 273,930 times faster than the Thinking Machines’s CM-5/1024, which is the first computer claimed to be the world’s fastest in 1993.”A calculation that took three full days to compute on the Thinking Machines in 1993 today can be done in less than one second on the Sequoia,” Dongarra told the news service.
Disha Patani in Bharat songYouTube ScreenshotSalman Khan starrer Bharat involves two divas – Disha Patani and Katrina Kaif. While it is clear that Disha has a much smaller role as compared to that of Katrina in the film, the former has no qualms about being overshadowed by the Fitoor actress.Disha said that the thought of being overshadowed by Katrina did not even come to her mind, and she is too happy to be a part of such a big film.”Bharat is a different story altogether. It is about this man and his journey. So, I did not see a scope for all these things happening. For me, it doesn’t even matter if my part is very small. I always believe in doing something which leaves a mark. I am hoping people can relate to the character and live through that circus era which was there a few years back. I did not think of all these things honestly, I was just too excited for the part and I am very selfless when it comes to choosing films or doing a particular role,” Disha told Pinkvilla when asked if she was worried about being overshadowed by the other actress.Showing great deal of positivity, Disha further said that it was a good opportunity for her to learn from such a big star cast. Disha Patani in BharatYouTube Screenshot”I always see what am I doing in the film, that’s the most important thing. In fact, I am only happy to have worked with such a great ensemble cast. Who doesn’t want to work with such great actors? Salman Sir, Katrina Ma’am, or Tabu Ma’am, Sunil Grover, a lot of learning is involved,” she told the entertainment portal.The trailer of Bharat showed Disha romancing Salman, but as his character grows in the film, he shared screen space with Katrina. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie is slated to be released on June 5.
The world will never forget the face of a brave widow who held her child during her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King’s, eulogy in 1965.There are others who can still remember her walking with her husband across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma after Bloody Sunday. And still, others who see her flanked with Stevie Wonder singing “Happy Birthday,”and calling for her husband’s birthday to be a national holiday. In honor of her advocacy for nonviolence, there were several events scheduled in D.C. from April 21 – April 29 for Coretta Scott King’s Inaugural Birthday Celebration. She would have turned 90-years-old on April 27.Corretta Scott King (Courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica)“Coretta Scott King worked around the world teaching non-violence. She worked non-stop for 50 years to get a holiday for Dr. King, now her birthday comes unnoticed,” said journalist and author Barbara Reynolds, who organized a special tribute to commemorate her birthday.Reynolds, who wrote a biography of King entitled My Life, My Love, My Legacy, is part of a group of people who will be celebrating the life of King.Born on April 27, 1927, King’s life went far beyond Heiberger, Ala. where she was born and raised on her parent’s farm. She never stopped marching, speaking, and advocating for social justice as exemplified in her 1986 letter opposing now Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointment to the federal bench.“My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting,” King wrote on behalf of the MLK Center for Social Change in March of 1986. “Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts.“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly Black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”Today, selected by President Donald Trump, Sessions is using his position as attorney general to attempt to roll back decades of Civil Rights gains. But he is being haunted by the words of King, so much so that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Okla.) was sat down in the US Senate when she read parts of Kings letters during Sessions confirmation hearing.On April 27, a digital birthday party is scheduled in King’s honor. People from throughout the country are encouraged to change their social media profile picture to their favorite photo of King with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayMrsKing.On April 29, a Social Justice Service is scheduled at Howard University’s Rankin Chapel where the first Coretta Scott King Eternal Flame Award will be presented. There will also be the presenting of “Coretta’s 7 Lasting Words,” during the ceremony.Reynolds said she invited D.C. officials and Civil Rights veterans to attend the service. A book signing is scheduled to follow the service with proceeds slated to benefit the A Teacher’s Work Is Never Done (ATWINDS) Foundation.King was tireless as an advocate for social justice. She never stopped marching whether it was crossing the Alabama River in Selma or speaking at the United Nations. “Coretta Scott King was a woman of tall dignity and grace,” Linda Boyd, a longtime spokesman for three D.C. mayors who worked closely with the King family, told the AFRO. “She had towering strength in the face challenges and adversity. She left a legacy for all of us to live by when ever the King family came to Washington.”Boyd reflected on a time when Coretta attended a luncheon sponsored by the National Political Congress of Black Women where she, Betty Shabazz, Mamie Till, and Rosa Parks were honored. “These widows of the movement will never be forgotten, their legacy will live forever,” Boyd said. “Coretta was the wind beneath her husband’s movement.”
(Credit: Shutterstock)The ability to read and understand a passage of text underpins the pursuit of knowledge, and was once a uniquely human cognitive activity. But 2018 marks the year that, by one measure, machines surpassed humans’ reading comprehension abilities.Both Alibaba and Microsoft recently tested their respective artificial neural networks with The Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD), which is an arduous test of a machine’s natural language processing skills. It’s a dataset that consists of over 100,000 questions drawn from thousands of Wikipedia articles. Basically, it challenges algorithms to parse a passage of text and write answers to tricky questions.The AIs, for example, might read a passage about geology and answer questions like “An igneous rock is a rock that crystallizes from what?” or “What changes the mineral content of a rock?” These questions are a level higher than simply scanning for basic facts, and they require algorithms to process a large amount of information regarding context, sequences and relationships before providing an accurate answer.The algorithm developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science Technologies, SLQA+, notched a score of 82.44 on the test, which was just a hair better than the 82.304 scored by humans. Alibaba claims it is the first time a machine has performed better than flesh-and-blood in the ExactMatch metric of the Stanford test. Microsoft Research Asia also outdid humans, and its R-NET+ scored 82.650.Pranav Rajpurkar, a Stanford artificial intelligence researcher and designer of the test, wrote on Twitter that the achievement is a harbinger more good things to come for AI in 2018. (Note: The F1 metric is the balanced mean between precision and recall).A strong start to 2018 with the first model (SLQA+) to exceed human-level performance on @stanfordnlp SQuAD’s EM metric! Next challenge: the F1 metric, where humans still lead by ~2.5 points!https://t.co/Uq10Dm2Ss5— Pranav Rajpurkar (@pranavrajpurkar) January 11, 2018A machine that can provide useful answers to more complicated questions could be put to work in a wide variety of applications. Alibaba, for example, is already using its reading system to field customer service questions on Singles Day, China’s shopping bonanza that’s the largest in the world.“The technology underneath can be gradually applied to numerous applications such as customer service, museum tutorials and online responses to medical inquiries from patients, decreasing the need for human input in an unprecedented way,” Luo Si, chief scientist at the Alibaba institute said in a statement.