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first_imgNo one works in sales without having losses. Some of those losses are the result of errors, bad choices, poor strategy, or sloppy sales approaches. Some of those losses are the result of circumstances that are difficult to overcome. You can do everything right and lose, and you can do many things wrong and win. Either way, losses come with the territory.Client issues are also part of sales. Even if you own the outcomes you sell your clients with someone else being responsible for doing the work that generates those outcomes, because you promised your client better results, they are going to look to you for help and for answers. You are accountable for the outcomes you sell, or you put future deals at risk (or more likely, you never see the new opportunities at all).Selling is made up of two major outcomes. The first outcome is opportunity creation, and it requires that you do the work of prospecting, whether you like that work or wish there was another way. The second outcome is opportunity capture. The first outcome always precedes the second. The workload for opportunity creation is equal or greater than the workload of opportunity capture.There will always be someone with a lower price that sells by suggesting they can produce the same result at a lower price point. Much of the time, these competitors will have an irrational pricing model that would cause you to lose money, and you will struggle to understand how they stay in business. But when they have been in business for decades, the only way you beat them is by creating greater value, not by explaining that they can’t survive with their pricing model.Selling is not situational. It is individual. There are always salespeople who succeed at selling the most commoditized, undifferentiated products and services and do well for being able to so. There are also people in sales roles with the most compelling, differentiated offer who struggle to sell what should be a much easier sell. There are intangibles that count for a lot more than most people recognize, and these intangibles are not commonly taught or developed. Success then, is a product of developing yourself. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgAs Indian domestic cricket circuit tries to reinvent itself, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar suggested that every Ranji Trophy game should be played on two different pitches to prepare a better Test team for overseas assignments.He also had an interesting take on how to make bilateral Test series engaging – by having back-to-back home-and-away rubbers so that the strength of two teams remains mostly constant but the conditions change to make for a bigger challenge. (Also read: How Sachin Tendulkar transformed Virat Kohli into a run-machine)However, it is Tendulkar’s suggested innovations of two different pitches for a single Ranji match which will make anyone sit up and take notice.”I have thought a lot about neutral venues in Ranji Trophy (which is being experimented this season). I have a suggestion which can be radical. When we go to places like Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa, we play with kookaburra balls which swings early. Think about a young Ranji batsman playing with SG Test in India and then facing difficulty overseas,”Tendulkar spoke at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.”Let us have the first innings on a green top with kookaburra balls which would give openers a challenge. Even bowlers will have something. Our spinners will also learn how to bowl with kookaburra on Green tops,” Tendulkar explained. His next suggestion was even more interesting.”Now let there be a pitch adjacent to the green top which would be a rank turner. Now the second innings will be played on that track with the SG Test ball which would also help our batsmen play against quality spin bowling. We have been too focused on playing pace in overseas conditions but we should not forget how to play spin bowling. Don’t forget even overseas teams are losing to us in India. May be they would start using SG in their domestic matches.”advertisementFor Tendulkar, two pitches, two balls in two innings of a match takes curator preparing designer pitches out of the equation and also nullifies the toss factor.”A captain would start thinking that winning the toss will give him only 10 percent advantage that is his right to choose first. But if he chooses to bowl on green top he should remember that he would need to bat on a Turner in the fourth innings,” he said making it clear that it may or may not click.In fact, BCCI president Anurag Thakur was among the audience listening with rapt attention. (Also read: Virat Kohli + Alastair Cook = Sachin Tendulkar?)About the dwindling crowd in Test cricket, Tendulkar blamed lack of rivalry in the longest format that has caused affected the interest in the sport not to forget the emergence of Twenty20.”When we grew up we had rivalries like Sunil Gavaskar vs Imran Khan, Viv Richards vs Jeff Thomson and then (Brian) Lara vs Glenn McGrath or Steve Waugh vs Curtly Ambrose. The West Indies team in ’80s and ’90s generated interest. The target then was to beat the West Indies. Australia was an incredible players. Nine world class and if 3-4 could close the game. That is missing,” he lamented.Asked what could be a solution, Tendulkar said: “Look we went to England in 2014 and lost the series. Now England are down in this series and since 2014, they have lost a couple of players.”My suggestion is to have back to back matches against same the side home and away. Let us play two Tests in India and then two Tests in England. Same set of players but different venues. Obviously there will be some changes in terms of form and injuries but core will be same. That will be a fair contest.”He was all praise for the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli.”This team reminds me of our times between 2000-2011. They have a quality pace and spin attack. We believe that it is the best team in the world. Soon rest of the world will follow us.”Tendulkar, who has been promoting Olympic Sports, also spoke about some discussions he has had with Sports Authority of India to popularise various events.”During IPL, we can have athletics events and then during ODIs when you have packed houses. That will also encourage the athletes.”last_img read more

first_imgDefending champion Caroline Wozniacki found herself out of the WTA Finals on Thursday but she was not sulking. Instead, she was proud of herself for being positive. Wozniacki revealed she had been battling with rheumatoid arthritis.Wozniacki, on Thursday, lost 7-5, 5-7, 3-6 to Elina Svitolina and crashed out of the tournament with two losses from three matches in the round robin stage. Even though Wozniacki started strong, she was outlasted by Svitolina.Wozniacki went on to reveal her health issues that she has been dealing with since Wimbledon.”I’m very proud of how I have been so positive through it all and just kind of tried to not let that hinder me,” Wozniacki said about the painful autoimmune condition.”I didn’t want to talk about it during the year because I don’t want to give anyone the edge, thinking I’m not feeling well. You learn how to just cope after matches.”Some days you wake up and you can’t get out of bed and you just have to know that’s how it is, but other days you live and you’re fine. You don’t even feel like you have it,” Wozniacki further said.”After Wimbledon I wasn’t feeling well, I thought it was just the flu. I was on vacation and I wasn’t feeling good. I go to Washington, knees are hurting. I play in Montreal and something still doesn’t feel right…”@CaroWozniacki talks about her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis pic.twitter.com/RFuNBJroZ7WTA (@WTA) October 25, 2018Wozniacki went on to describe her ordeal in finding out about the issue and how inititally, she could not even understand the condition of her body and why she was feeling down.advertisement”After Wimbledon I wasn’t feeling well. I thought it was just the flu. I was on vacation and I wasn’t feeling good. I was like, you know, ‘It’s fine. I’m going to get over it’,” she said of the early indications of the autoimmune condition.”I go to Washington. Knees are hurting, my leg is hurting. I’m like, ‘Okay, well, just move on’.”I play in Montreal, and something still doesn’t feel right. I wake up and I can’t lift my arms over my head. I don’t really know what it is. I go to the doctor and they tell me everything is fine but I know that I’m not fine.”It turns out that I have an autoimmune disease, which is rheumatoid arthritis, which goes in and attacks your joints.”Wozniacki, who won the WTA Finals title last year, said she kept the issue private as she learned how to deal with it but was relieved her season was now over so she could focus all of her attention on treating the problem.”It’s something that now I’m happy that I’m done with the season and you can just kind of control it a little bit more and figure out a plan how to control it better,” she said.”In the beginning, it was a shock. You feel like you’re the fittest athlete out there, that’s what I’m known for, and all of a sudden you have this to work with.”last_img read more

first_imgzoom Singapore-headquartered petroleum logistics unit of MISC Berhad, AET, has agreed to purchase the remaining 50% of Paramount Tankers that it currently jointly owns under a 50/50 joint venture agreement with Golden Energy Tanker Holdings. Paramount Tankers is a JV which owns and operates six Aframax vessels. Commercial management is delivered by AET and technical management is provided by Enterprises Shipping and Trading SA.“We are continually looking for opportunities to ensure sustainable growth in our business and to own / operate modern tonnage which serves our customer needs globally. Acquiring the Paramount JV in its entirety allows us to own and operate all six vessels on our own. “We are the commercial managers for the vessels and have commenced taking over the technical management. The vessels are of a high quality design and built to our lightering specifications and can trade world – wide to serve our global client needs,” President & CEO of AET, Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam says.AET expects the transaction to be concluded by September 2016.The decision follows MISC Berhad’s decision to merge its chemical fleet with the clean petroleum products fleet operated by AET, announced in March.Under the arrangement, AET is taking over the 13 chemical vessels and one LPG tanker currently owned/operated by MISC and combining them with its own fleet of eight CPPs to create a new, single entity.At the moment, AET operates a fleet 96 vessels comprising 12 VLCCs, 4 Suezmaxes, 1 Panamax, 50 Aframaxes, 4 DP tankers, 8 CPPs, 3 LR2 tankers, 13 chemical ships and 1 LPG tanker. Its current orderbook includes 8 newbuilds.last_img read more

first_imgVOLUNTARY PLANNING BOARD -Task Force Extends Public FeedbackDeadline The Voluntary Planning Task Force on Off-Highway Vehicles hasextended the deadline for public input on its off-highway vehicleinterim report. The public now has until Wednesday, March 31 to submit theircomments to the task force. “It’s important that people have enough time to read the reportand make comments or recommendations,” said David Bellefontaine,chair of the task force. “It is an extensive document, and wecontinue to encourage feedback from Nova Scotians.” The interim report, released on Feb. 12, outlines measures toimprove public safety, protect the environment, establish adesignated trail network, empower landowners, and provide moreeffective policing of recreational off-highway vehicles. Thereport is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/vp or at Access NovaScotia centres across the province. Comments can be submitted by e-mail to volplan@gov.ns.ca, by faxat 902-424-0580 or by mail to Voluntary Planning, Suite 600, 1690Hollis St., Halifax, N.S., B3J 3J9. A final report will be submitted to government when completed. For more information on the interim report or to receive a copyby mail, contact voluntary planning at 902-424-5682 or toll-freeat 1-866-858-5850.last_img read more

first_imgAhmedabad: The Indian Air Force on Sunday airlifted 45 persons stranded in their flood-hit village in Navsari district in south Gujarat, said officials. Over 5,000 people were shifted from low-lying areas in Navsari district since early Sunday morning due to surge in water levels of Ambika and Purna rivers due to heavy rains, Navsari Collector M D Modiya said. “Forty-five people were stranded at a prawn farm in Mendhar village due to the rise in the water level of Ambika river owing to heavy rains. They were airlifted by the IAF helicopters and taken to Surat airport,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Two IAF helicopters rescued 31 village residents in the first round, while another chopper rescued 14 stranded more villagers in the next round, said Modiya, adding the rescued people were flown to Surat, from where they would be brought back. Waghai taluka in Dangs district received over 340 mm rainfall between Saturday and Sunday, causing water levels in both Ambika and Purna rivers passing through the district to breach the danger mark, officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Several areas in Navsari district have been waterlogged with over a dozen villages being badly affected, they added. Parts of Valsad and Surat districts continued to receive heavy rains, with Kaprada in Valsad receiving 256 mm of rains between 6 am and 4 pm Sunday, data released by the State Emergency Operation Centre said. Uperpada in Surat was battered by 222 mm of rainfall during this period, while Kwant in Chhota Udepur received 180 mm of rains. Valsad Collector C R Kharsan said the water released into Daman Ganga river from Madhuvan dam caused the river to swell, with the district administration issuing alerts for people living in low-lying areas. “We have asked people not to visit tourist points near the river or the sea,” he said. A few places in the districts of Surat, Anand, Dangs, Navsari and Valsad received extremely heavy rains on Saturday, while heavy to very heavy rains occurred in several districts in south and central Gujarat, the IMD said. It forecast a fairly widespread rainfall across the state on Monday.last_img read more

first_imgJordin Sparks and SHAPE magazine want to help you get fit while helping charity.In preparation for beach season, SHAPE, the #1 women’s active lifestyle magazine, is thrilled to announce that its fourth annual Summer Beach Tour, (formerly Bikini Body Tour) will once again hit the hottest beaches, starting with Hermosa Beach, CA.The SHAPE Summer Beach Tour will be filled with exhilarating fitness classes (including two taught by Hollywood trainer Jeanette Jenkins), summer fashion shows, interactive beauty cabanas, product-packed gift bags and so much more!Jordin Sparks, SHAPE’s future cover model and star of the upcoming film Sparkle, will make an exclusive appearance at the event and after party.The SHAPE Summer Beach Tour is open to the public and free to attend. Fitness classes are $10 each with proceeds going to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Surf Classes are $15 each with proceeds going to the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. All class participants receive entrance to the official after party and a swag bag from SHAPE and its sponsors!For more information and to pre-register, log on to ShapeBeachTour.com.last_img read more

first_imgBent On Learning is to host its 5th annual Inspire! Gala later this month.Hosted by Hilaria Baldwin (yoga and wellness expert and EXTRA correspondent) and Alysia Reiner (Actress,Orange is the New Black), the event will honor Dr. Frank Lipman.Bent On Learning (BOL) is a nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to children in New York City public schools as a way to directly promote health conscious, learning-ready students. For over 13 years, BOL has brought yoga to tens of thousands of students, fulfilling their mission of teaching kids to be more focused, happier and healthier in learning and in life.The Bent On Learning Inspire! Award is given in honor of those who are dedicated to the health and wellness of children, who endorse yoga as a tool for education and are committed to supporting Bent On Learning and yoga for children. Past honorees include Gwyneth Paltrow, Donna Karan, Eddie Stern, The David Lynch Foundation and Russell Simmons. Jewelry designer Landon Slane – designer behind SLANE Fine Jewelry – specially designs the Inspire! Gala honoree award each year.WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 2014WHERE: The Prince George Ballroom 15 E 27th St (between 5th and Madison) New YorkFind out more here.last_img read more

first_imgCompanies in this article include: (TSX:PSK, TSX:PGF)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Crude oil prices in Western Canada remain elevated as Alberta’s government-mandated oil production curtailments come into force.Calgary oil brokerage Net Energy says the difference between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend heavy oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices was about US$12.50 per barrel on Wednesday afternoon, an improvement over the US$17.52 per barrel average for spot contracts signed last month for January delivery.The WCS-WTI discount peaked at more than US$52 a barrel in October but recovered to traditional norms or better after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Dec. 2 that the province would impose curtailments of 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 on larger producers to relieve a glut of oil in Western Canada and free up export pipeline space.Tom McMillan, a spokesman for oilsands producer Pengrowth Energy Corp., says his company is complying with curtailments it was asked to make after using unspecified “options” provided by the government to reduce the impact.He says better prices are helping Pengrowth and the province has been “responsive” in addressing his firm’s concerns but he still hopes the cutbacks end as soon as possible.CEO Andrew Phillips of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. says the recovery in price has had a “huge impact” on his firm’s bottom line and negative impacts have been negligible.He says the company, which holds petroleum mineral rights on millions of hectares in the four western provinces and earns a percentage of production from any wells drilled there, has seen its realized price for heavy and light oil increase dramatically.last_img read more

5 November 2009The United Nations said today it will temporarily relocate some of its staff as part of increased security measures following the deadly attack in the Afghan capital last week that killed five UN staff members and injured several others. “Effective immediately, the United Nations is taking additional steps to reduce risks to its national and international staff serving in Afghanistan. This is in light of the 28 October attack against UN staff in Kabul as well as further ongoing threats,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement. “Although details of the new measures can not be made public, it is expected that they will involve short-term relocations for some staff while additional security is being put in place,” the statement added.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the guest house in Kabul, where 34 UN staffers were staying.Some 600 out of the roughly 1,100 international UN staff in Afghanistan will be temporarily relocated, either to safer locations within the country or outside the country. The UN has around 6,000 people working across the country in total. “We are not talking about pulling out and we are not talking about evacuation,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA, told reporters in Kabul.“We’re simply doing what we have to, following the tragic event last week to look after our workers in a difficult moment while ensuring that our operations in Afghanistan can continue.”Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged that the attack – which killed five UN staff and injured nine others – will not deter the world body from its mission to help the Afghan people build a better future. “We stand by the people of Afghanistan today, and we will do so tomorrow,” he told a news conference in New York on the day of the attack.UNAMA reiterated that the world body is fully committed to helping all of Afghanistan’s people, as it has been for more than half a century, and stated that every effort will be made to minimize disruption to its activities while additional security steps are being taken. read more

WFP delivered a family ration – enough to feed 2,400 people for one month – and enough wheat flour in bags to feed the entire population of 4,000 people for a month. The nine-truck convoy also carried medical supplies and health items late on Thursday to the people of Darayya. WFP food boxes included rice, lentils, chickpeas, beans, bulgur, oil, salt and sugar. According to a press release issued by the UN agency, more convoys are planned to all of the 19 besieged locations in Syria as part of the plan for June, following the Government of Syria’s approval to reach all these locations. Elsewhere, WFP reported that a series of airdrops over the besieged town of Deir Ezzor have delivered a month’s supply of food for the 100,000 people trapped inside the city. It plans to continue the flights in the next few weeks to deliver another monthly ration. In total, during the first few days of June, WFP has already provided life-saving food assistance to more than 1.4 million people across Syria as part of the organization’s monthly plan to reach 4 million displaced and vulnerable people. In addition, the agency provides assistance – mostly cash-based transfers through “e-cards” – to around 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon Iraq and Egypt. read more

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) during a game against Cleveland State on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerThe ninth-seeded Ohio State men’s soccer team’s season came to an end on Sunday after a 3-1 loss against No. 8 Stanford in the third round of the NCAA tournament. After a shaky start to the 2015 season, the Buckeyes got hot, building an eight-game win streak en route to an overall record of 13-7-3. The 13 victories are the second-most in program history. With the win, the Cardinal improved to 16-2-2 overall and advanced to the quarterfinals.Freshman midfielder Abdi Mohammed scored the Buckeyes only goal of the game in the second half, leveling the match at 1-1. However, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and junior forward Jordan Morris  netted two second-half goals to solidify the win for Stanford. Stanford came out of the gates pressuring the Buckeyes, but the Scarlet and Gray held strong in the first half, preventing the Cardinal from scoring.Morris, who is also a member of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team, had the first good look of the half in the 17th minute, but his shot went off the side of the net.OSU junior forward Danny Jensen had a clean look for the Buckeyes in the 23rd minute, but his strike missed to the left. Despite a scoreless first half, the Cardinal were clearly the aggressor in the game, giving coach John Bluem’s squad reason to be concerned for the second half. In the 48th minute, OSU junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell made an unbelievable play — a goal-saving clearance in front of the net — to keep the Cardinal off the board.However, Kidwell’s save was not enough for the Buckeyes, because just five minutes later, Stanford scored its first goal of the game.Morris received the through ball and poked it in front of the net.Although the Scarlet and Gray were down a point, they managed to remain calm and make a comeback.In the 62nd minute, Mohammed tied the game with a header assisted by junior defender Austin Bergstrom.Back-and-forth play ensued for roughly the next 15 minutes before Morris put his team back on top with another goal in the 78th minute.With only 10 minutes left to play, the Buckeyes needed to score in order to stay in the game. Jensen attempted a header, but his shot was saved.Stanford’s Corey Baird put the nail in the season’s coffin in the 88th minute when he scored off a turnover by the Scarlet and Gray. Overall, shots were 19-11 in favor of Stanford, while the Cardinal also held a 5-1 lead in corners.Despite the loss, OSU overcame a rough start to its 2015 season, earning the Big Ten regular season title and advancing to the Sweet 16 for just the fourth time in program history.Regardless of the end result, it was a successful season for Bluem’s squad. read more

first_imgLocata Corporation has announced that its integration partner, Leica Geosystems Mining, has begun to sell and ship to their global mining customers – the world’s first Locata-powered positioning systems. The Leica Jps (the Jigsaw Positioning System – powered by Locata) is the first positioning system to integrate global satellite navigation signals like GPS, and Locata’s ground-based GPS-like networks. The result is “a seamless, completely new GPS everywhere experience for Leica’s customers.”The new capability is already delivering unprecedented positioning accuracy, availability and reliability to the world’s first “industrial-scale” installation at Newmont’s Boddington Gold Mine, a project which was the subject of an exclusive IM update article earlier this year. Locata-enabled nonstop positioning greatly benefits machine automation in mining because Locata fills in the many gaps in GPS signal availability experienced in an open-cut mine. The Leica Jps ensures a reliable and transparent experience for users with demanding machine guidance applications because it utilises all available signals, be they satellite-based or Locata, without interruption. Boddington Gold Mine has reported that drill rig up-time and efficiency have increased to unprecedented levels after the Jps system was recently commissioned.“Since deploying the Locata-powered Jps at Newmont Boddington Gold there has been an increase in operational machine guidance availability of almost 23% – from 75% up to 98%,” stated Brendon Lilly, Product Manager, Leica Geosystems Mining. “Newmont Boddington Gold is so happy with the results that they have turned off their GPS-only solutions altogether, and now rely solely and successfully on Jps alone. They have already installed Jps on 11 drills and intend to equip their entire high-precision fleet.”“The ROI we offer our clients through the Jigsaw Positioning System is extraordinary. Market trends indicate capex is in decline, so the parameters mines use to justify expenditure have become far more demanding,” said Stefana Vella, Global Marketing Manager, Leica Geosystems Mining. “The unprecedented production levels and machine control uptime that result directly from using the Locata-powered Jps very quickly justifies the purchase of the system. Furthermore it aids the justification of expenditure on the high-precision machine guidance systems themselves, for, when operated with the Jps, the ROI increases exponentially. Even in today’s market, it isn’t a difficult decision to make.”Many mines around the world use machine guidance systems for drills, shovels, excavators, dozers, graders and more to execute the site plan work in real-time. This tight automation dramatically improves efficiency and productivity. At the core of these machine guidance systems are GPS-style receivers that provide vital positioning information, using the satellite signals to calculate a 3D position. Unfortunately, in most open-pit environments satellite signals become obstructed, which slows or temporarily halts production. As pits become deeper the problems become worse, drastically reducing the number of satellites the receiver can “see” to achieve GPS-style positioning. In the past, mines and other machine automation users had no choice other than to resort to much less efficient alternatives, such as manual surveying. Reduced satellite visibility therefore negated the considerable investment and operational efficiencies gained from modern machine guidance systems. Something had to be done, and the key to virtually eliminate these issues is Locata’s new “GPS-backup or replacement” capability. Locata’s LocataLite is a ground-based transmitter that generates a GPS-like signal. LocataLites deployed around the pit rim can ensure almost 100% positioning coverage. Locata signals “fill-in” the GPS holes with a signal that is processed by the Jps in exactly the same way that GPS signals are. Locata is the only technology in the world that can do this. By backing up their GPS-based systems, mines have an always-on positioning network that works if satellite signals are unavailable in the pit due to physical or man-made obstructions. Jps LocataLites can be permanently positioned on site or moved at will, ensuring a mine’s Jps Locata network can be set up where and when needed. “We all rely on electricity from public sources, but in areas where outages occur companies invest in backup generators,” said Nunzio Gambale, CEO and co-founder of Locata. “It’s exactly the same scenario for mining companies, where they are dependent on GPS. Locata gives you a GPS backup ‘generator’ – a world-first capability which is clearly a game-changer for the whole industry. Before Locata became available mines simply had to suffer through a slow-down when GPS-based systems became flaky. Leica Geosystems had the vision early on to recognise the enormous benefits provided by our technology advancements. They threw their corporate weight behind intensive product development, carefully integrating Locata technology into their world-first Jigsaw mining solutions. It’s a marriage made in heaven, and Jps customers will be the ones who really reap the rewards of Leica’s outstanding first-mover effort. There won’t be any ‘GPS doesn’t work here’ excuses in the future.”last_img read more

first_imgNvidia announced Project Shield — not to be confused with Joss Whedon’s new Marvel universe ABC series of a similar name — some time ago, and the biggest question surrounding the device was, simply: Why?The why wasn’t a question of hardware or form factor, or even the $349 price tag that’s only $50 less than a PS4. Rather, in a world now suddenly full of Android gaming devices (Ouya and GameStick, to name a couple), the Shield’s most unique feature is that it can stream games from your PC to the palm of your hand. Being able to take Skyrim with you on the go sounds like an enticing prospect, but is dropping $349 on a Shield as enticing?Back during PAX East a couple of months ago, I got a hands-on with the Shield, which wasn’t the final revision. Anyone that has been to a convention knows that they’re not the best place for making decent impressions — everything is rushed because there’s a huge line of eager people behind you, the con floor is extremely loud, and the demonstrators can’t dedicate the whole of their time to your questions. So, I got a more intimate hands-on with the unit today, where the number of demonstrators outnumbered a coworker and I — the five of us the sole occupants of the room. It was certainly a better environment to give the Shield another go.First, the specs. The Shield sports the powerful Tegra 4, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash memory, and 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. It has a number of ports toward the back of the body, including a mini-HDMI output, a micro-USB 2.0 port, a microSDXC slot, as well as a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack complete with microphone support. The Shield also comes with a 3-axis gyroscope, and a 3-axis accelerometer. Basically, it’s a powerful — though unsurprising — mobile device for modern times.All of these specs are packed into what can be described as an Xbox 360 controller with a 5-inch, 720p, multitouch retinal quality clamshell screen. The screen is tight, but not uncompromisingly so. It doesn’t wobble like the screen on the 3DS, for instance. The overall unit has some heft, but wasn’t tiring to hold over the course of the session. It felt sturdy rather than heavy, though you most likely wouldn’t want to play for an hour with both of your arms hovering in midair. Unlike most portable gaming devices, the Shield has around 9 hours of battery time.As for functionality, the Shield does everything you expect an Android device to do. It runs standard Jelly Bean, and without proprietary junk over it. We listened to music during the demo, and the speakers are of a much higher quality than your standard 3DS or Vita speakers. Since the Shield is an Android device running Jelly Bean, it can access all of your required media services, like Netflix. The Shield’s intended destiny, though, is that of a portable gaming console. It has access to the entire Android gaming library, which is unfortunately the very last platform that comes to mind when you think of a games platform, but it’s ever-growing.Unlike the Ouya, which is also an Android gaming console, the Shield’s touchscreen allows it to work with games intended for a touchscreen, whereas Ouya is a console that plugs into your TV and can only run games that utilize a traditional controller.Next page: Nice specs, but how does it perform? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Nvidia ShieldNvidia ShieldNvidia Shield – hands-onNvidia Shield in the handsNvidia Shield – homescreenNvidia Shield – DisplayNvidia Shield – Gaming on TVNvidia Shield – Flying Parrot DroneNvidia Shield PC streamingNvidia Shield – Gaming more 1 2last_img read more

first_imgUn autre ingrédient nécessaire à la vie détecté sur Europe, la lune de JupiterPubliée en ligne sur arXiv.org, la version web de Astrophysical Journal Letters, une nouvelle étude américaine montre que le peroxyde d’hydrogène – une source d’énergie importante pour la vie – est abondant à la surface d’Europe, l’un des satellites naturels de Jupiter. Sixième satellite naturel de Jupiter, Europe est depuis longtemps objet d’un grand intérêt pour les astronomes. En effet, si certains continuent de scruter l’espace en quête de planètes potentiellement habitables, cette lune est considérée comme tout à fait propice pour abriter de la vie, en raison de l’océan qu’elle abrite. Une possibilité qui vient juste d’être renforcée par une nouvelle découverte : Europe montrerait également d’autres éléments nécessaires à la vie.Pour en arriver là, le Dr Kevin Hand, du Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la NASA, et le Dr Mike Brown, du California Institute of Technology ont analysé des données recueillies en 2011 par les instruments du télescope Keck II, installé sur le site de Mauna Kea, à Hawaï. Cette analyse a alors révélé, sur la surface glacée d’Europe, une assez importante concentration de peroxyde d’hydrogène. Selon les résultats publiés, les valeurs sont montées jusqu’à 0,12% de cette molécule par rapport à l’eau constituant la croûte de glace, laquelle recouvre un océan.Or, le peroxyde d’hydrogène, ou eau oxygénée, est un moteur à énergie potentiel que peuvent utiliser les processus biochimiques de la vie. Celui-ci est produit par l’intermédiaire des intenses radiations frappant la surface d’Europe. Mais jusqu’ici, les astronomes ne pensaient pas qu’il était aussi fréquent sur la Lune.Une source d’énergie utile au développement de vieÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”La vie telle que nous la connaissons a besoin d’eau liquide, d’éléments comme le carbone, l’azote, le phosphore et le soufre, et d’une certaine forme d’énergie chimique ou lumineuse (…).  Europe possède de l’eau liquide [sous la surface de glace] et ces éléments, et nous pensons que les composés tels que le peroxyde peuvent remplir une partie importante des besoins énergétiques”, a expliqué le Dr Hand cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. “Sur Terre, la disponibilité des oxydants comme le peroxyde a été un élément essentiel pour une progression de la complexité vers une vie multicellulaire. Sur Europe, des composés abondants comme le peroxyde pourraient contribuer à satisfaire les besoins en énergie chimique nécessaire à la vie dans l’océan. Ce que nous ignorons encore, c’est comment la surface et l’océan y interagissent, mais cela pourrait fournir un mécanisme permettant à toute vie d’utiliser le peroxyde”, a conclu le scientifique.(crédits photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)Le 11 avril 2013 à 10:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon flight is postponed again: The aerospace company and NASA just moved the capsule’s target launch date to March 2.On Wednesday, SpaceX and NASA announced the Crew Dragon update in a blog post. The capsule, which was supposed to go to the International Space Station (ISS) on Jan. 7, has been delayed twice already since then, Engadget reported. SpaceX and NASA didn’t specifically disclose why they had to reschedule the Crew Dragon test flight date, but it’s likely due to safety precautions.Targeting March 2 for Crew Dragon’s first flight to the @Space_Station https://t.co/oJRtDhV3aL pic.twitter.com/lLw1FJHLvI— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 6, 2019The Crew Dragon, which is designed to take astronauts to the ISS, will need to undergo its first uncrewed test flight before next steps. NASA and SpaceX said these first flights are “dress rehearsals” for future missions. On its first test flight, the Crew Dragon will aim to make a two-week trip to the ISS without hardware hiccups.“The uncrewed flight tests are a great dry run for not only our hardware, but for our team to get ready for our crewed flight tests,” Kathy Lueders, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, said in the press release. “NASA has been working together with SpaceX and Boeing to make sure we are ready to conduct these test flights and get ready to learn critical information that will further help us to fly our crews safely.”After the Crew Dragon completes its first test flight, SpaceX aims to have the capsule’s first manned mission take place in July, which is a bit later than planned. NASA also wants to have the Crew Dragon approved to take astronauts to the ISS by late 2019.More on Geek.com:SpaceX Test Fires Its Starship Raptor Engine in TexasSpaceX’s Giant Falcon Heavy Rocket Might Launch in MarchElon Musk’s SpaceX Starship Prototype Looks Like a Shiny Bulletlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Google+ WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Last night’s 3/30 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 5.27 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 5.23 million viewers, the second hour drew 5.60 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 5.27 million viewers.This is up from last week’s show that drew 4.19 million viewers. This is the highest average viewership for RAW since the first week they went three hours on a weekly basis back in July 2012 and it is up from last year’s RAW that took place after Wrestlemania 30, which did an average of 5.15 million viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

first_imgArsenal forward Alex Iwobi has urged his teammates to bounce back after their 3-2 defeat at Southampton on Sunday.Arsenal’s unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday as they lost 3-2 at Southampton thanks to Charlie Austin’s late winner.“I guess we weren’t concentrating throughout the 90 minutes,” Iwobi told the club’s website after the game.“We had spells where we weren’t defending well as a group. It’s something we have to dust ourselves down from and keep on going.“We can’t let our heads drop from this defeat, we just have to push on to the next match.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalized twice for Arsenal as Southampton kept taking the lead and Iwobi praised the home side for their performance.“Of course, they deserve some credit,” he said.“They had a gameplan and they stuck to it and did well against us. But it’s disappointing from us and we have to keep going again.”last_img read more

first_img ADC AUTHOR The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee approved its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill Wednesday morning, CQ reported.The panel was the final Armed Services subcommittee to advance its National Defense Authorization Act legislation, approving its markup without amendments.The full committee will mark up this year’s NDAA package June 12.The readiness panel’s bill would address spotlighted privatized military housing problems through increased oversight, but it does not take action on existing contracts with private companies to avoid lawsuits against the government.Military families have highlighted unhealthy and hazardous conditions in privatized housing including mold growth, lead-based paint exposure and other problems, as On Base has reported.The readiness panel would also prohibit the use of fluorine-based firefighting foam in non-emergency situations on military bases. It would further require the Pentagon to transition away from using PFOA/PFOS chemicals by 2029, Military Times reported.Beyond new PFAS restrictions, the readiness bill would also provide millions for environmental clean-up at National Guard bases and address contamination of installation drinking water, according to the report.last_img read more