To be honest, I forgot how bad a salesperson looks (and sounds) when they negative sell against a specific competitor, particularly the one their prospective client is currently using. Having just experienced it for the first time in a long time, I am reminded of why you don’t sell this way.The negativity towards a client that you hope creates a compelling reason to change instead does quite the opposite, repelling your dream client away from you, especially if you are argumentative. It also reduces any chance you have of being a trusted advisor.Congratulations. You’re Small.It would be difficult to look smaller. By pointing out your competitor’s flaws (or what you perceive to be flaws), you are creating a situation where you look small. You believe that for you to create and win an opportunity, you have to attack your competitor. This makes them look like they are equal—or better—than you. It may also cause your prospective client to feel that they need to defend their partner since you are willing to attack them without them being there to defend themselves.Negative is NegativeTalking smack about your competitor makes you sound negative. And negative is negative.The way to undo a competitor is to say positive things about them, and then differentiate yourself in a few areas where you have different beliefs or different approaches. If you were a professional, you would sound like one. If you are petty, childish, and have to go negative, then you are those things.If you want to be consultative, going negative isn’t going to get you there. If you want to be a trusted advisor, you just made the trust part more difficult, and you offered no advice, no counsel, just sour grapes.You don’t benefit from doing a direct negative sell against your competitors by attacking them in front of your prospective client. This is poor form, and it means that you don’t have the means to choose a more effective approach. In all things, be professional. More still, be someone that people want to do business with. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
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UB City, the glittering new landmark in BangaloreGurgling stream, scenic waterfall, thick coffee plantations, winding road: as the words and phrases do a slow ticker parade in the head, you can’t help feeling it all sounds like something out of a cheesy brochure. But the idyllic Falling Waters coffee estate that we’re talking about, deep in Coorg district, does seem to wear the words and phrases as if it rightfully belongs there. Yet, behind them, it also has that smug smirk, the one that says, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”And just what that is unfolds quite dramatically: up a steep curving path flanked by tall trees, liberally littered with smooth, round pebbles, the 4WD makes a groaning climb and stops in the midst of what can only be called Tarzan’s training ground, enigmatically called Now or Never Land. For the sake of convenience, it’s called a jungle gym, but what it actually is, is a series of ropes and ropeways comprising bridges, walkways, planked tunnels, cables, ropes, planks and bamboo strips suspended across trees many, many feet above the ground and providing that instant kick to the gut to get the adrenaline flowing in super-quick speed. A bit like an improvised army obstacle course. The latest addition to the sudden spurt in activity-based tourism that is sweeping across the State.Kenneth, who’s set up the place along with his wife Sanjana on their 75-acre estate, declares in his deep British accent: “You can do the ordinary course in about two-three hours, and you’ll enjoy it.” Oh and by the way, just so Rambo fans won’t be disappointed, there’s quadbiking, paint ball and rifle shooting. So if you are not into adventure activity, but, on the other hand, have a particularly pesky boss, this is a good place to vent all the frustrations! And then perhaps put your feet up at the Green Hills Estate, a beautiful 19th-century bungalow which sits amidst acres of coffee plantations and is run by the Neemrana group as a ‘non-hotel’ hotel just outside Virajpet in Coorg.Adrenaline surgeWhite water rafting on KabiniAt the other end of the State, what’s been making waves, literally, is the enormous interest in white water rafting on the River Kali near Dandeli. It is certainly the focus of the more serious enthusiasts as river rafting is possible for almost nine months of the year, and also because higher grades (read more dangerous and treacherous) of river rafting are possible here. On the other hand, both Cauvery (in Bheemeshwari and in Coorg) and Sita offer lower grades (including for beginners).Kenko, the fish spaIn recent years though, water-sport junkies have kicked up the adrenaline-pumping factor some more with an activity they call canyoning. If the Nevada desert comes to mind, then you could be very near the mark, but what is absolutely essential is the presence of a waterfall, just to make things that much more interesting. Canyoning involves trekking up to the point where a waterfall jumps off and then rappelling or abseiling down the face of fall. Watching this can give you panic attacks, but hardcore sports enthusiasts insist it is just adding a bit of drama to ordinary rappelling.Body blissAt the Serai Spa in ChikmagalurBut there’s only so much activity that one can take, before wanting to calm the mind and body. And what better place to do it than at a spa. Over the last couple of years, a number of spas have opened not just in Bangalore but across the state. The Serai Spa in Chikmagalur is one of those places where the visitor arrives and then hands herself over to the tranquillity of the place. Set amidst rolling coffee plantations, the spa is so ideally located that it does sound like a figment of somebody’s fertile imagination until one actually sees it. But if Chikmagalur seems far away, then a couple of interesting spa options in Bangalore should do the trick. Kenko is for the adventurous, as its fish spa takes a bit of getting used to. On the other hand, the reflexology sessions along side are both relaxing and invigorating. But if you are in the mood for something regular yet different, try refreshing Hawaiian massages at White Mantra or indulge in chocolate massages offered by Pittstop Salon and Spa.Capital drawsNext time you are in Bangalore, sample molecular gastronomyHaving soothed into calmness, it is time to get back to the bright lights of Bangalore, to satiate the gourmet in oneself. Last year alone, Bangalore saw a spurt of fine-dining restaurants. And leading the pack is Caperberry, which specialises in European, especially Spanish cuisine, but more importantly, has familiarised Indians with the concept of molecular gastronomy. Here, scary words like degustation and deconstruction are bandied about frequently, but there’s nothing to fear, and the last vestiges of any trepidation will be banished by the food that Chef Abhijit Saha dishes out. If it is something closer to home that you are looking for, then try Kebabs and Kurries at ITC’s latest addition to the city, the Royal Gardenia, where the menu comprises the best dishes from ITC’s signature brands such as Peshawari and Dum Pukht. Or if it is just a spot of relaxation, then head for a coffee at the Cubbon Pavilion. Set amidst lush greenery, a breezy ambience, hanging gardens and water bodies, either the meal or the coffee is just an excuse to be there.If the urge to splurge overtakes, the place to head to is Vittal Mallya Road. Overenthusiastic shoppers have christened it Bangalore’s Rodeo Drive, since every major Indian designer has presence here. The Collective is a good place for men’s clothing and accessories, and stocks many international brands.For women, Fuel on Cunningham Road is a good option. Down the road, UB City is all about glamour and flamboyance with outlets by high-end global brands such as Cavalli, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, TAG, Tod’s and Estee Lauder to name a few. This is also the place for some great Northwest frontier food at Khansama or Italian at Toscano. And if all the shopping wears you out, you can indulge in another relaxing session at Angsana Spa located in Oakwood Premier, the line of luxury serviced apartments inside UB City.Hard Rock Cafe in BangaloreAfter an afternoon of shopping and spa, if you are perhaps in the mood for some intellectual activity, then the National Gallery of Modern Art, opened recently, is a good place to imbibe some arty thoughts. Bangalore got its own branch recently, and is housed in the beautiful Manikyavelu Mansion amidst lush greenery. While the permanent collection comprises works by the masters, frequently changing exhibitions showcase an eclectic range–from photographs of Satyajit Ray to avant-garde works by young artists.Bar codeLiquid, the lounge bar at Ista BangaloreFor those who prefer a much more aggressive start to their evening (read, serious partying) a host of options come to mind. There’s never an evening when the Hard Rock Cafe is not rocking. The ancient stone building lends a fabulous backdrop to the legendary rock memorabilia and thumping music. Equally stunning in ambience is Shiro’s in UB City with its towering Buddha statue, bas-relief carvings, sculpture, the sprawling terrace, foot-tapping music and the smacking pan-Asian cuisine. But both Hard Rock Cafe and Shiro’s can get crowded, even on weekdays, and if you are kind who likes to chill out, then Liquid is the place. It is a restful lounge bar on a terrace inside Ista, and speaks of space, luxury and fun, all in the same breath. Across town, at the Zuri Whitefield’s lounge bar Bling, the decor could have easily lapsed into kitsch but has been done so cleverly as to merit the tag of sophisticated chic, and goes down well with the cocktails and the energetic sound factor. Next door is Latitude, a more functional option, though done in lovely colours and water bodies and is located inside the lobby of Vivanta by Taj at Bangalore’s International Technology Park. And then there’s Blue Bar in Taj West End, which has suddenly reinvented itself and become such a crowd puller that it is a struggle just to get in.Heritage on trackA novel way of completing the tourist circuit in Karnataka is a ride on the Golden Chariot, the State’s first luxury tourist train. It starts in Bangalore and makes its way to Goa with stops at Mysore, Hampi, Pattadakal, Badami, Shravanabelagola and Aihole. With interiors inspired by the State’s rich architectural heritage–the bar, for instance, is modelled on the Mysore Palace–this is nothing short of a deluxe hotel on wheels.Whether it is one or even all of your senses that’s crying for attention, there’s something here. We might be biased, but even the most jaded traveller will perk up with what Karnataka has come up.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement Fact fileFalling Water Estate/Now or Never Land Chelavara Falls, Cheyandane PO South Coorg; tel: (08274) 323 023/(080) 3201 8857; www.noworneverland.comGreen Hills Estate, Virajpet, South Coorg; tel: (08274) 254 790; www.neemranahotels.comKali Adventure Camp Dandeli; Old Magazine House Forest Camp, Ganeshgudi; tel: (080) 2559 7021/4/5; www.junglelodges.comSitanadi Nisarga Dhama (Sita River Nature Camp) Hebri, Agumbe; bookings through Adreno, (080) 2314 3388, www.adreno.orgNature Admire, (0)96116 47900, www.natureadmire.comJungle Lodges and Resorts Bheemeshwari and Galibore, near Mutatti village; tel: (080) 2559 7021/4/5; www.junglelodges.comThe Serai Spa Mugthihalli Post 577 133, K M Road, Chikmagalur; tel: (08262) 224 903-14; www.theserai.inKenko Reflexology and Fish Spa 36, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 4211 0304; www.kenko.sgPittstop Salon and Day Spa 16, Jaladarshini Layout, near MS Ramaiah Hospital, New BEL Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 4210 7601/02/04Caperberry in BangaloreCaperberrry 121, Dickenson Road, 48/1, Ground Floor, The Estate, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2559 4567; www.caperberry.inITC Royal Gardenia 1, Residency Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2211 9898; www.itcwelcomgroup.inThe Collective, Vittal Mallya Road, tel: (080) 6767 8888; www.thecollective.inIn UB City (Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore) Khansama Tel: 4111 4499 Toscano Tel: 4173 8800; www.toscano.co.in Shiro’s Tel: 4173 8864Oakwood Premier Tel: 2234 8888Fuel, The Fashion Store 32, The Hatworks Boulevard, Cunningham Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 4097 7171; www.fuelthestore.comNational Gallery of Modern Art Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2220 1027; www.ngmaindia.gov.in/Hard Rock Cafe St Mark’s Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 4124 2222; www.hardrock.comLiquid Ista Hotel, Ulsoor, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2555 8888; www.istahotels.comBling, the lounge bar at Zuri WhitefieldBling Zuri Whitefield, Bangalore; tel: (080) 6665 7272; www.thezurihotels.comLatitude Vivanta by Taj, ITPB, Whitefield Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 6693 3333; www.tajhotels.comThe Blue Bar at Taj West End has reinvented itselfBlue Bar Taj West End, Race Course Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 6660 5660Green Hills Estate, the new Neemrana hotel in CoorgGolden Chariot Contact The Luxury Trains, Connaught Circus, New Delhi; tel: (011) 4286 6600; www.goldenchariot.co.in
Pune: Maninder Singh was the star for Bengal Warriors as they beat Haryana Steelers 48-36 in their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) match here on Thursday.The victory helped Bengal Warriors consolidate their stay in the second place of the points table. Bengal Warriors dominated the first half of the match with their raiding trio of Maninder Singh, K Prapanjan and Mohammad Nabibakhsh picking points with ease against a Haryana defence that evidently lacked leadership.Bengal’s dominance wasn’t limited to their raids though as their aggressive approach in defence paid rich dividends.Steelers’ star raider Vikash Kandola suffered five tackles in the first half as he struggled to break free from an in-form Bengal defence led by Baldev Singh.The Warriors inflicted two All-Outs in the first half (7th and 13th minute) to open up a 15-point lead.Vinay was the lone fighter for the Steelers and his raids ensured the Haryana stayed within an outside chance of coming back into the match as the half ended 30-14.The Warriors secured their third All-Out in the second minute after half time but the Steelers came back into the match strongly.Vinay’s three-point Super Raid in the third minute was followed by a four-point raid by Vikas Kandola which secured Steelers a vital All-Out in the fifth minute of the second half.But the Warriors defenders steadied the ship once again, with Baldev picking up his High 5 in the 11th minute.Vikash Kandola and Vinay kept picking up points for the Steelers to reduce the Bengal men on the mat but Prapanjan’s consistency in his raids, including a two-point raid in with under 4 minutes left in the match, meant the Haryana side couldn’t inflict the All-Out they badly wanted.Haryana’s loss exposed the lack of depth in the defence and coach Rakesh Kumar will be looking to quickly address the issue to prevent negative results in the most crucial part of the season. Bengal WarriorsHaryana SteelerspklPKL 7 First Published: September 19, 2019, 10:48 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
ATHENS (AP) — Olympiakos came from behind to beat visiting Platanias 2-1 in the Greek league on Saturday.Takis Lemonis, a former Olympiakos player in his third stint as manager who replaced the sacked Paulo Bento, saw his team fall behind at the end of the first half. Defender Diogo Figueiras blocked a shot on goal with his arm and Giorgos Manoussos converted the penalty.Marko Marin equalized in the 54th after an exchange of passes with Costas Fortounis, and Alaixys Romao scored the winner from close range, assisted by Figueiras.Olympiakos is nine points ahead of second-placed Panionios, which hosts Atromitos on Sunday.Platanias is seventh.Also, Levadiakos beat Veria 3-1, and Xanthi drew at Giannena 1-1.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The Worldwide Leader has added a big name to its college football analyst roster ahead of the upcoming 2019 season.Ryan Leaf, the former Washington State star quarterback and No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, has joined ESPN.ESPN announced the hiring this evening.“Ryan has experienced the highs and lows in the game of football, putting him in a position to relate to a wide range of situations players can find themselves in,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN’s senior vice president of production. “He will be able to rely on those experiences — including an unbelievable college career where he was an All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist — in his analysis, making him a tremendous asset for our team.” Great to have you aboard @RyanDLeaf and thanks for your willingness to help others by having the courage to share your story. 👊 https://t.co/x6AHflFsYd— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) July 14, 2019Leaf will work with play-by-play announcer Clay Matvick and “will mostly call games on ESPN2 and ESPNU,” per the announcement.The former Washington State star has quite a life story. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist that became a top NFL Draft pick, only to have a disappointing four-year professional career. Leaf then got into some major off-the-field trouble, dealing with drug addiction and serving two years in prison.“Five years ago, sitting in a prison cell, I would have never imagined that I was going to be part of ESPN and the Disney Corporation,” Leaf told the AP. “If you would have told me that, I would have said you are absolutely crazy. And I can’t believe it. I lay my head down every night with a ton of gratitude.”Leaf reportedly got the offer from ESPN about a month ago.The 2019 college football season begins in a little more than a month.
Ashish Pandey HyderabadFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 20:42 IST N Chandrababu Naidu participated in ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in 11 districts of Andhra PradeshHIGHLIGHTSChandrababu Naidu will stage ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ at the Andhra Bhavan in New DelhiNaidu will observe a fast from 8 am on February 11He will submit a memorandum to the President of India on February 12Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will stage ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (a day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi on February 11 seeking special category status for the state and fulfillment of state bifurcation assurances. The chief minister will observe a fast starting 8 am on February 11 and submit a memorandum to the President on February 12.At his Guntur rally on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to address Andhra’s long pending demand of special category status and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances. Thousands of people staged protests on the roads of both Vijayawada and Guntur sporting black dresses and holding empty black pots. People were also seen holding placards that read, “Go back, Modi”.Addressing a public gathering in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur, Narendra Modi said Chandrababu Naidu is only interested in the securing the future of his son. Modi said Naidu says he is his senior. “You are senior but in changing your political partners. You are senior in leaving one group and joining the other,” Modi said.The prime minister targeted Chandrababu Naidu saying he a man who betrayed his own father-in-law.Chandrababu Naidu, on the other hand, said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders should understand the anger of people towards the central government, which failed to fulfil state bifurcation assurances.”The Chief Minister also said that after his appeal, the Telugu people staged silent protests during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He then dismissed the allegations of BJP leaders that the TDP government tried to create hurdles for the BJP meeting.advertisementNaidu has participated in ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh so far and is going to stage the 12th ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in Delhi tomorrow (February 11). The chief minister will also pay tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Rajghat and Ambedkar statue at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.Leaders of several opposition parties are going to extend their solidarity to the chief minister’s protest in Delhi.He had staged an indefinite fast at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in October 2013. He was forcibly shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on the fifth day for deterioration of health. Naidu observed fast on his birthday last year in Vijayawada demanding fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances.Also read: Chandrababu Naidu a betrayer who backstabbed his father-in-law NTR: PM Narendra Modi in Andhra PradeshALSO WATCH| By Congress-mukt India we will fulfil Gandhi’s dream, says Narendra ModiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim After Modi’s attack, Naidu to stage day-long protest in Delhi seeking special status for Andhra PradeshAt his Guntur rally on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to address Andhra’s long pending demand of special category status and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances.advertisement
In 2004-05, $465,000 will be invested to begin development of anapproach to implement standardized, provincewide wait timeinformation. The initiative was recommended by the wait time monitoringproject steering committee, which was formed in 2003-04 to focuson how to get better provincewide information on wait times forkey services to help address problems before they become urgent. The province will also establish a standing advisory committee ofhealth-care professionals and department staff to: with the purchase of two MRI machines — one for Cape Breton and one at the IWK in Halifax — access to MRIs has been enhanced and wait times reduced. In Capital Health, people who need an MRI are getting the procedure a lot sooner. The average wait time is now 45.2 days, almost three times less than the 148.2 days people were waiting last March. Urgent or emergency MRIs are done immediately; a new radiology unit has opened in South Shore Health and a CT scanner is now operating in Cumberland Health. These should help reduce the waiting for diagnostic imaging in these areas. They will begin focusing on orthopedic surgical wait times, MRIand computed tomography (CT) wait times, and wait times forreferral from family physician to gastroenterologist, medicaloncologist, or plastic surgeon. ADDRESSING CRITICAL CONCERNSThe province outlined its commitment to shortening wait lists fortests, treatment, and care in its health plan, Your HealthMatters (2003). In the past year, the province responded quickly to criticalconcerns such as overcrowded emergency rooms and lengthy waitsfor orthopedic services. For instance, at the QEII HealthSciences Centre, more beds, better information, and fasterconsultations are making a difference in wait times in theemergency department. In Capital Health, the government’s decision to add 25 acute carebeds and more operating time for orthopedic surgery by September2004, “should help bring wait times down to within nationalstandard of six months,” said Dr. Michael Dunbar, head of CapitalHealth’s orthopedic wait time project. More than $4 million willbe spent on this initiative in 2004-05. Thanks to a new cardiac catheterization lab, made possible with$4.4 million in funding from the Department of Health in 2003-04,Capital Health’s wait times for cardiac procedures have beenbrought to within national wait time standards, in many casesreducing wait times by a one half to two thirds from a yearearlier. Radiation wait times for Cancer Care Services in Capital Health,as of July 2003, showed that urgent cases wait times decreasedfrom 14 to 9 days, next urgent cases wait times from 26 to 18days, less urgent wait times from 55 to 28 days, and others from60 to 41 days. Investments in the right equipment are paying off: oversee the development of a provincewide way of collecting standard wait time information for a range of health care services; publish wait time information so that Nova Scotians can make informed choices about whether to seek care from another physician if wait times are shorter; work to address the bottlenecks so that wait times are shortened. There is no quick fix to shorten wait times. It will take time togather the right information, to invest in the right equipment,and to offer the right mix of services in the right locations.The budget dollars being invested this fiscal year are laying thegroundwork to successfully shorten wait lists for key servicesacross the province. -30-
Apple makes Siri smarter, rolls out software improvements SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors’ recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its Siri digital assistant, photos, maps and other online services.The tech giant kicked off its annual software conference by announcing new software features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well, while unveiling a new design for the Apple Music service. It’s also extending Apple Pay to the web, so users can pay for purchases made on their Mac computers using the fingerprint authorization on their iPhone or Apple Watch. Most of these new features won’t arrive until this fall.At a time when sales of its flagship iPhone are slowing, Apple seemed determined to show that it can make its gadgets indispensable, or at least as useful as its competitors’ products.THINKING FAST AND SLOWStill, the tech giant is taking a cautious approach to integrating computer intelligence into its online services. While Apple is opening its text messaging service to outside app-builders, for instance, Apple made no mention of adding the kind of intelligent programs, or “chatbots ,” that competitors are all rushing to build into their messaging platforms.Apple executives also stressed their efforts to safeguard users’ privacy even while providing recommendations and suggestions based on individual user information. The company says it’s committed to keeping most user data encrypted on individual iPhones or other devices, rather than uploading information to process on Apple’s servers.Experts say that can make it more difficult to analyze information and provide useful services, but Apple says its software can still be helpful. Apple’s once-maligned Maps service, for example, will offer traffic information, location-based restaurants for things like restaurants, and let users connect with outside apps to do things like make a reservation or call a car service.For some features, however, Apple says it’s starting to upload some user data to analyze for broader trends or patterns, but it vowed that information will be “anonymized.”“We believe you should have great features and great privacy,” said senior vice-president Craig Federighi.MAKING SIRI SMARTERApple’s wisecracking digital assistant will play a larger role in the company’s products. On Monday, Apple announced that Siri will be coming to Mac desktop and laptop computers, where it can locate files and perform other feats. Siri will also gain new capabilities with Apple TV, where it will let you launch live TV viewing with voice command and search YouTube and the iTunes store for videos.Perhaps more important, Apple is letting Siri work with applications made by other companies. The change will open up new ways for Siri to help iPhone owners get things done more quickly.Such AI features are emerging as a major new tech battleground , one where Apple is racing to catch up with other virtual assistants from Google and Amazon. Amazon’s assistant, Alexa, is enjoying a surge in popularity, partly because it works well with a variety of other applications.Outside developers are eager to work with Siri, according to Jordan Edelson, CEO of independent app-builder Appetizer Mobile. “It could really change the way that apps are built and how customers experience them,” he said.But the move has trade-offs for Apple. Experts say the changes could make Siri more useful to consumers and help Apple learn more about its users. But it could diminish use of Apple’s homegrown apps, such as Apple Music or Maps. To start, Siri will only work with certain kinds of outside apps, like messaging, payments or ride-hailing services.APPS GET SCHOOLEDApple’s AI improvements aren’t restricted to Siri. An update to the iMessage app, for instance, will rely on machine learning to automatically suggest appropriate emoji to place alongside texts. It will also show graphics and thumbnails of the information contained in a web link and automatically play online videos when they’re opened by a recipient.Apple’s photo app will also get smarter. It’s adding the ability to analyze an individual’s photo library and group photos by people, locations or other subjects, automatically assembling them into albums and short movies. It’s similar to a feature that Google has offered users of its photo app, but with some new frills, like the ability to adjust the length of the album or select different kinds of theme music.As sales of iPhones and other smartphones slow, it’s especially important for Apple to keep its software and online services fresh, said Brian Blau, a tech analyst with the Gartner research firm. That’s why, he said, Monday’s announcements were all about “software and services, fast and furious.”NEW COATS OF PAINTOther changes were more esthetic. The messaging app, for instance, will let users alter the size of the bubbles surrounding the text to help convey the feelings underlying the words. An expression of love might get a large bubble while a message of condolence might be shown in a very small one.The feature is similar to an upcoming Google messaging app called Allo. Both are expected in a few months.Apple Music, which now has 15 million paying subscribers, is getting a new interface that’s intended to be simpler and that will make it easier to find music you store on your phone, and not just tunes you can stream from the internet.Apple’s watch, the company’s first new product since Cook replaced co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011, also got a face-lift. The retooled watch software, due in September, will include an “SOS” feature that will automatically call for help in emergencies. It will launch software apps faster than before, and will also bring fitness tracking to wheelchair-bound users and let all users share their exercise activities with others people.___AP reporters Barbara Ortutay and Bree Fowler in New York, Michael Liedtke in San Francisco, and Ryan Nakashima in Los Angeles contributed to this report.Follow Brandon Bailey at https://Twitter.com/BrandonBailey or find his reporting at http://www.bigstory.ap.org/journalist/brandon-bailey Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2016 12:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A REPORT IN rugby newspaper Midi Olympique claims that the FFR (Fédération Française de Rugby) has offered the French clubs €2 million each to commit to playing in the Heineken Cup next season.Pierre Camou, the president of the FFR, apparently chaired a secret meeting last Tuesday at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in France, which was attended by representatives of the Top 14 clubs, as well as several of their English counterparts.From the outset of the announcement of plans for the Rugby Champions Cup, Camou has been strongly in opposition. This report suggests that Camou has now “raised his voice” to directly inform the French clubs that he is unhappy with their plans. The FFR chief is insistent that any European competition next season will continue to be governed by the ERC (European Rugby Cup).According to Midi Olympique, the FFR is now ready to ensure that happens by delivering a payment of up to €2 million to each of the French clubs. Camou has reportedly also proposed the idea of signing any individual players who wish to continue playing in the Heineken Cup onto central federal contracts with the FFR, similar to what the IRFU does with its star players.Camou is insistent that what the French clubs are planning to do in breaking away to form the Rugby Champions Cup is completely in contravention of the existing French rugby laws. When the plans for the RCC were first announced, the FFR were swift to remind the LNR (Ligue National de Rugby) that they had no right to organise a competition without the direct consent of both the FFR and the IRB (International Rugby Board).Paul Goze, the LNR president, has repeatedly dismissed that notion in his dealings with the media over the last two months, but Camou reiterated his feelings at last week’s private meeting in Paris. The refusal of the French and English clubs to even consider the ERC’s recent concessions has seen Camou step into the picture with more decisiveness.If this report is indeed true, it is good news for the ERC and for the IRFU, who are hoping that the Heineken Cup will continue next season. It is understood that Camou has support from several of the individual French clubs, including Toulon and Biarritz. This reported financial incentive may attract more of the other clubs onto the FFR’s side, and could result in the ERC surviving.– Originally published at 12.54Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘Out of sorts’ D’Arcy may lose out to Marshall for Australia Test
EXCHANGE DUBLIN, A collective arts space located in Temple Bar, has been told to close due to “anti-social behaviour”.In an email from the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council on Monday night, volunteers were told they would have to hand back the keys this Friday.The non-alcohol space hosts music and art events and exhibitions and also offers up the space for groups to have knitting clubs, storytelling sessions and all kinds of workshops.It is run by volunteers in association with the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and is funded by a grant from the Arts Council.Yesterday, those who run the space started a petition urging artists and independent councillor Mannix Flynn, Ray Yeates the Dublin City Arts Officer and other politicians not to close the space.“The “official reason” that for us sounds as an excuse is “antisocial behaviour”,” they said. “This antisocial behaviour that there was always in the streets of Temple Bar but not within or inside our non alcohol space!”They said that “bad kids”, drug-taking and violence were mentioned in a letter they received last summer and more recently bongo-drumming by buskers on the street outside. Dublin is full of pockets of young people, some of whom are aware of each other but have no platform to engage with each other or their city. This space is intended to provide an infrastructure for inquiry, discourse and collaboration as an antidote to some of our social problems in Dublin.One of the volunteers told TheJournal.ie that the short notice they were given is “really inconvenient” for the numerous artists who are currently exhibiting at the space.“The majority of people feel like it’s really unfair, considering the amount of meetings we’ve had with the police and they have said we’re not the cause of the anti-social behaviour – this is the residents and businessowners who are saying this,” she said.The online petition already had 904 supporters early yesterday evening.“Closing it would reflect once again that political decisions lack the understanding of what arts and culture bring to society (education, inventivity, self-expression, social exchanges, and even in terms of health, tourism and economy),” commented one person who signed the petition. “The “antisocial behaviour” excuse is inconsistent as precisely Exchange Dublin brings people together in a constructive way!”Dublin City Council did not respond to a request for comment on the issue.Read: Bus Éireann passengers terrorised by ‘rowdy’ youths throwing urine around coach>Read: Fire crew stoned with rocks a day after they call for an end in anti-social behaviour>
The wreckage of a jet in northern Israel ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER said today his country delivered “severe blows” to Iranian and Syrian forces and vowed to take further action against its adversaries following the most serious Israeli engagement in Syria since the war there erupted almost seven years ago.Benjamin Netanyahu’s tough words to his Cabinet came a day after Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes in Syria.Israel ordered the airstrikes after it intercepted an Iranian drone that had infiltrated its airspace, and an Israeli F-16 was downed upon its return from Syria.Iran, for its part, denied the allegations regarding the drone and said Syria had the right to defend itself against Israeli attacks.“Yesterday we dealt severe blows to the Iranian and Syrian forces,” Netanyahu said. “We made it unequivocally clear to everyone that our rules of action have not changed one bit. In yesterday’s attacks, the Israeli jets came under heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire and the pilots of one of the F-16s had to eject before the plane crashed in northern Israel. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other one lightly. Smoke rises from a missile, which appears to be part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane Source: AP PhotoIsrael would not confirm whether its aircraft was shot down by enemy fire, which would mark the first such instance for Israel since 1982, when it was fighting a war in neighboring Lebanon.Israel has recently issued several stern warnings about the increased Iranian involvement along its borders with Syria and Lebanon.Israel fears Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks or create a land corridor from Iran to Lebanon that could allow it to transfer weapons more easily to Hezbollah — a powerful Iran-backed Shiite militant group sworn to Israel’s destruction.Though Israel has largely stayed out of the Syrian conflict, it has struck weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah dozens of times since 2012.Israel has also shot down several drones that previously tried to infiltrate its territory from Syria, but the capture of an Iranian drone and the direct targeting of Iranian sites in response marked a dramatic escalation in the Israeli retaliation.Israel has long complained about the involvement of archenemy Iran, and Iranian proxy Hezbollah, in the Syria war.Both have sent forces to back Assad, who appears headed toward victory. Israel has said it will not accept a permanent military presence by Iran and its Shiite allies in Syria, especially near the Israeli border.Netanyahu has held several consultations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has also sent forces to back Assad. Following the Israeli strikes, the two spoke again yesterday, with Netanyahu conveying Israel’s determination to counter Iran’s intentions.Still, Russia’s foreign ministry appeared to criticise Israel’s actions by calling for restraint and respecting Syria’s sovereignty.“It is absolutely unacceptable to create threats to the lives and security of Russian servicemen who are in Syria at the invitation of its legitimate government,” it said.The United States, on the other hand, strongly backed Israel.Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said Iranian actions across the region were putting the entire Middle East at risk.“The US continues to push back on the totality of Iran’s malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability,” she said.Read: Israel launches ‘large-scale’ air raids against Iranian targets in SyriaRead: Notorious British IS fighters nicknamed the ‘Beatles’ captured by Kurdish forces – reports The wreckage of a jet in northern Israel Image: Yehunda Pinto via AP Share70 Tweet Email Israel’s PM vows further action after ‘serious blows’ to Iran and Syria following airstrikes Russia has condemned, but the US has backed, Israel’s actions. Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 12:27 PM 12,942 Views By Associated Press Short URL We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us. This has been our policy and it will remain our policy.Israel has periodically carried out airstrikes against suspected weapons shipments believed to be headed for Lebanese Hezbollah, the Iranian and Syrian-allied militant group since the outbreak of the Syrian war.But as the Syrian war winds down, Israeli officials have voiced increasing alarm that Iran and its Shiite allies are establishing a permanent presence in Syria that could turn its aim toward Israel.Israeli leaders said the airstrikes had sent a clear message to Iran.“We do not just talk, we act,” said Cabinet Minister Yoav Galant, a former Israeli deputy chief of staff and member of Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet.“I think that also the Syrians now understand well that the fact that they are hosting the Iranians on Syrian soil harms them,” he told The Associated Press.Yesterday’s airstrikes marked the toughest Israeli aerial assault in Syria in decades.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria through a network of activists on the ground, said today that at least six Syrian troops and allied militiamen were killed in the airstrikes. The six included Syrian and non-Syrian allied troops, the Britain-based Observatory said.“They, and we, know what we hit and it will take them some time for them to digest, understand and ask how Israel knew how to hit those sites,” Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told the Army Radio station.These were concealed sites and we have intelligence agencies and the ability to know everything that is going on there and yesterday we proved that. Image: Yehunda Pinto via AP 135 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3846124 Feb 11th 2018, 12:28 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Apr 9th 2019, 9:02 AM Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie GARDAÍ HAVE LOCATED a 15-year-old boy who had been missing from his home in Terenure since yesterday. He was last seen when he set out for school from his home in Terenure yesterday morning around 8.30am. Following a public appeal today, Gardaí have said he “has been located safe and well”.“We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter,” a spokesperson said. 40,080 Views Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 9:02 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 6 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4582707 Gardaí have located a 15-year-old boy reported missing from his home in Dublin Located ‘safe and well,’ a spokesperson said. Image: RollingNews.ie By Conor McCrave Share496 Tweet Email
Belkin: le LiveAction Camera Remote disponible en pré-commandeLe LiveAction Caméra Remote de Belkin est disponible en pré-commande. Il s’agit d’une télécommande permettant de piloter le capteur vidéo de l’iPhone. Après avoir évoqué la télécommande Belkin et son application dédiée pour iPhone, nous disposons de davantage d’informations à son sujet. Le LiveAction Camera Remote sera la dénomination définitive de la télécommande Bluetooth qui permettra de piloter à distance le capteur photo et vidéo de l’iPhone d’Apple.Elle devra être associée à une application gratuite pour fonctionner. Celle-ci sera disponible sur l’App Store ou bien en kit chez des revendeurs tels qu’Amazon par exemple. Le kit comprendra par ailleurs un socle pratique pour poser l’iPhone et il est déjà disponible en pré-commande.Au rayon des accessoire disponibles, l’utilisateur pourra compter aussi sur le LiveAction Camera Grip: une poignée possédant une prise connecteur et un bouton afin de déclencher la prise de vue, selon Mac Plus. Le Caméra Grip coûtera,elle, 49, 99 dollars, soit un peu moins de 40 euros. Le 17 novembre 2011 à 16:20 • Maxime Lambert
Esmeralda Lopez-Lopez One of four co-defendants charged with helping a mother abduct her 4-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in October at Vancouver Mall was sentenced Friday to 17 months in prison. Francisco Javier Hernandez-Reyes, 18, was convicted of helping to kidnap another man whose car was used in the child’s abduction.He was facing charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree theft and first-degree custodial interference. But he pleaded guilty to amended charges Friday in Clark County Superior Court. His charges were reduced to second-degree kidnapping, vehicle theft and first-degree custodial interference under a plea deal.Defense attorney Jason Bailes said the prosecution agreed to amend his client’s charges and recommend the imposed sentence due to Hernandez-Reyes’ level of involvement and his lack of a criminal record.“It’s really fortunate you’re not looking at more prison time,” Judge Suzan Clark said. “It’s one of the worst kidnapping cases I’ve seen in my time with the court.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2015 – A night of Jazz and Soul is planned for the Palms this coming Wednesday and headlining the event is TCI diva, Crystal Charles. Better known as TESS, Charles is working with the Edward Gartland Youth Centre and will be hosting the event which is aimed at empowering local artists and highlighting the music program at the Youth Center.TESS explains that she will treat attendees to the soulful sounds of music from James Brown, Aretha Franklyn, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. Crystal, who hails from Grand Turk explains that a portion of the proceeds will be used to acquire Junkanoo and Rake and scrape instruments, which will then be incorporated into the brass band program now being spearheaded by Branford Handfield. Tickets for the Wednesday evening show are $50 and Ms. Charles names her sponsors as: Gilley’s Enterprises, The Wine Cellar, The Palms Turks and Caicos, Spotlight Communication and Outside the Box Marketing. A night of Jazz and Soul begins at 8pm at the Palms. Related Items:crystal charles, Edward Gartland Youth Centre, Gilley’s Enterprises, jazz & soul concert, Outside the Box Marketing, Spotlight Communication, tci diva, The Palms Turks and Caicos, The Wine Cellar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 11th Annual Conch Festival UPDATE Music program to gain from Soul & Jazz concert Crystal ‘TESS’ Charles hailed as ideal to draw out young talent Recommended for you
Legacy Health will offer free visual field screenings at its hospitals in the Portland-Vancouver metro area this month.The Legacy Good Samaritan Devers Eye Institute, a comprehensive eye center, is providing the screenings in honor of National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The screenings will test for glaucoma and other serious diseases of the eye.The screening is painless and takes only a few minutes; results are immediate. No appointment is required and everyone is welcome.The screening in Vancouver will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in the second-floor lobby, 2211 N.E. 139th St.Other screenings, all 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:• Tuesday, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland.• Jan. 20, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham.• Jan. 25, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Pacific walrus. (Photo courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the Trump Administration for not granting an Endangered Species Act listing for the Pacific walrus. The environmental advocacy group filed the lawsuit on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in U.S. District Court.Listen nowIn October 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decided the Pacific walrus didn’t warrant additional federal protections. The agency said the population appeared “stable” and had “demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing conditions.”But some conservation groups say the decision was politically motivated and not based on the best available science.In 2008, polar bears were granted an Endangered Species Act listing under President George W. Bush. But the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says the two animals aren’t the same.Polar bears face a host of challenges with declining sea ice — more than what’s been observed of walrus.
Code for Anchorage is a group of tech-savvy, civic-minded volunteers who write software to help Alaskans access data and link them to government services. One example is a free, opt-in service that notifies users via text message each time election returns are updated. Another is CourtBot, which — with help from the Alaska Court System IT department — sends text reminders for court dates.The group’s captain is Brendan Babb, whose day job is Chief Innovation Officer for the Municipality of Anchorage. Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove caught up with Babb at a downtown Anchorage coffee shop to talk about Code for Anchorage.(To get alerts for updates as primary election results roll out Tuesday night, text “vote” to 907-312-1012).Listen nowBABB: Code for Anchorage is part of Code for America. There are a nonprofit out of California, and they have a different brigades which is kind of inspired by like firemen’s brigades, but basically (it’s) local volunteers that work on trying to make government services work better. So, we’ve done a lot of stuff, like you can text in a bus stop number and it’ll tell you when the bus is going to arrive, and just did something CourtBot, which will — you can text in a citation number and it’ll remind you the evening before for your court hearing. So we’ve done a lot of text based stuff.GROVE: I feel like this is the sort of thing that now is the type of infrastructure of the time that we’re living in. Am I on the right track?BABB: Yeah, I think so, in terms of working with government to see what information and data they have and trying to make services that people would use, go where people are like, Because it’s gonna be easier to get people to look their. The election one came out of a hackathon we were working on, sending results out, and yeah people have kind of latched on. It basically just watches a web page each minute to see if it’s been updated and then sends out a text to let people know when it’s been updated. Because we noticed at Election Central, people are just constantly refreshing their phones sort of like, ‘”Oh, maybe we could take that part out of it.”GROVE: Tell me about the hackathon part of that. How does that work? Is that like you throw out a challenge people try to come up with something? Or how does it work?BABB: We’ve had a couple hackathons in the past, and they’ve kind of been open-ended but some people will present problems and people will work on those, or people bring their own ideas and someone brought an idea of like, “Is there a way to send updates for elections?” And then over a weekend people worked on that problem and came up with something that kind of worked by the end of the weekend. And then Code For Anchorage, we meet every two weeks.GROVE: Tell me more about the CourtBot. Is that what it’s called?BABB: Yeah CourtBot is something we just launched about a week ago for National Day of Civic Hacking. If you have a citation number for, let’s say you have a speeding ticket that you can pay, you could text it in and it would tell you when your court date was and you could opt in to get a reminder the day before.And it also works for criminal cases as well. So if you had multiple hearings, it could send you reminders that evening before for that. The goal is to reduce failures to appear, which can mean if you miss an appointment, it might change into a warrant for your arrest or things might be escalated just because you weren’t able to remember an appointment. I mean, when I get my hair cut I get a reminder a couple days before and just have to text “C” back. So it’s nice to have the court system be as friendly as that.GROVE: What other stuff are you guys working on or problems that you’ve thrown out that you’re thinking about trying to create similar services for?BABB: We’re still kind in the early works of looking at other projects. But we’re trying to figure out how to know if a bike rack was full on a bus and trying to think of creative ways to solve that. We have a (Women in Crisis) and (food stamps) pre-screener where you can text “child” in to a number or “food,” and then it’ll give you the list of questions, like eight or nine questions, and help you see if you would likely qualify or not. And then if you would, maybe take the next step to apply there.GROVE: It strikes me as the kind of thing that, if you’re a coder, it makes sense how you would contribute to something like this, but are folks that are not into coding, are they also involved?BABB: Yeah, there’s things that we want to test. We want to figure out how to market stuff. Everyone has great ideas on how to solve things, so it’s open to other people and everyone has talents that we can use.