Differentiate Yourself and Your Offering Early or Sound Like Sour Grapes

first_imgMy experience has taught me that you win deals very early in the process. It’s also likely that you lose deals very early in the process, as well. You can also create enough of a preference to win a deal early in the process, only to lose it down the final stretch.One of the things that allows you to position yourself and build value early in the process is differentiating yourself from your competitors. It also helps to differentiate your offering from your competitor’s offering. It’s especially important to do this if buying what you sell requires the client to make a more significant investment. Your higher price is a sword, not a shield. Price is an offensive weapon that demonstrates that you create greater value, and greater value always commands a more significant investment.Differentiate Or DieThere are people, however, who never want to mention their competitor, and hope to differentiate themselves and their company without having to do so. They believe that by not saying anything about their competitors at all, they are seen as real professionals, above the fray. By doing so, they are leaving it to their client to determine for themselves how they are different, and if that difference makes any difference to the results they produce versus their competitors. Sometimes, this is what happens. Other times, the client either doesn’t recognize the differences, doesn’t value the differences, or believes that there are no significant differences at all. In that case, the opportunity to differentiate yourself has mostly been lost.If you’ve ever handed your price to your prospective client and had them tell you that your price is higher than your competitors without having already done the work to differentiate yourself and your offering, then you missed the opportunity to do so. What happens now is that you decide to differentiate your offering from your competitors late in the game. Because you are defensive about your pricing and your differentiation, what you say in the context of a price conversation is not part of a discussion around value and outcomes.Sour GrapesInstead of sounding like a proactive, value creating, potential partner, you sound like sour grapes. You look like you are negative by trying to differentiate your offering and defending your higher value, but only because your client suggested your price was too high compared to theirs. The time to have separated yourself and your offering was early in the process when it was in the context of differentiating before it was a price contest.Reasonable minds may disagree on how or when you should speak about your competitors. For my money, it’s always better to say something nice about them and differentiation very early in the process to establish the differences in the investment and the differences in outcomes before there is a price conversation. There is nothing you can do about your competitor’s pricing, so there’s little reason not to speak about the investment in differentiation early in the process.Recent research from gong points to this being a better and more successful strategy. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Kick trailer out: Salman Khan is the Devil

first_imgAlong with the poster, the first trailer of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s much-awaited film Kick is finally out today for all his crazy fans. And this time round he is here with something quite different.Sporting a goatee and a superhero mask, Salman stands out among the other compelling actors in the film, namely Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jacqueline Fernandez.The poster of Kick is also out and Salman sure does look dapper in his goateeSalman’s look in the trailer instantly reminds us of Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish avatar, however, we are sure that Sallu will add his own style to the character as he always does.The dialogues are equally enticing and so is the background score. This one looks good for sure!Watch the trailer here:last_img read more

Cricket: English Cricket Club bowled out for a mere 18 runs

first_imgAdvertisement(Image Courtesy: Indian Express)In one of the most forgettable performance in cricket’s history, an English cricket club, Beckenham CC were bowled out for just 18 runs in the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League match against Bexley CC.Beckenham were bundled out in just 49 minutes after they mustered only 18 runs in 11.2 overs. The total is Beckenham’s lowest ever since the club was formed 152 years ago. To add to the humiliation, it took Bexley just 12 minutes to chase down the total with all their 10 wickets intact.Scotland international Calum McLeod and Jason Benn combined to pick up all the 10 wickets for Bexley CC bundling them for a mere 18 runs. McLeod picked up 6 wickets for just 5 runs while Benn ended with figures of 4/12.In total, 5 of the Beckenham players failed to open their account. Their teams top score read 4 runs. Bexley chased down the target in 12 minutes facing just 3.3 overs. They were also helped by 6 extra runs.Here is the scorecard of the match:This actually just happened. #BexleyRangers pic.twitter.com/CcO9DKUgmV— Bexley CC (@BexleyCC) July 21, 2018Also Read:England vs India: Men In Blue survive early scare in warm-up fixture against Essex Advertisementlast_img read more

Indian relay racers set new record at Kazakhstan Athletics Championships

first_imgThe Indian 4x100m women’s relay team created a new National record at the Kazakhstan National Athletics Championships, clocking 43.42 second earlier today at Almaty.The 4x100m relay quartet, comprising of Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda, H M  Jyothi and Merlin Joseph broke their own National record of 44.03 second which they had created in the IAAF World Challenge in Beijing earlier in May.The Indian women’s relay team bagged the silver medal at the Almaty meet after starting off the blocks through Joseph, who was followed by Jyothi and Nanda respectively with Dutee anchoring the finale leg. Hosts Kazakhstan took the top honours, with a timing of 42.92 sec.Meanwhile, the Indian 4x100m men’s relay team won the gold medal with a timing of 39.90 sec. The Indian quartet was led by Jyothi Sankar, then followed by Krishna Kumar Rane and Vidya Sagar with Amiya Kumar Mallick running the last stretch.Top Indian athletes still have one final opportunity to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when the 3rd Indian Grand Prix will be conducted on July 10-11.  (Also read: Sprinter Dutee Chand qualifies for Rio Olympics)The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had announced last week that the grand prix will be conducted especially for all those events where Indian athletes have strong chances of achieving the qualification standards for the Rio Games.The official deadline for qualification in athletics for Rio is July 11. Till now, 24 Indian athletes have already qualified in individual events for the Rio Olympics which is a record number of qualifiers for Indian athletics in the mega Games. advertisementlast_img read more

Karan Oberoi rape case: Complainant orchestrated attack on herself, says lawyer

first_imgAli Kaashif Khan, the lawyer of the woman who accused TV actor Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion, has said the complainant orchestrated attack on herself. He was on the run for four days after one of the four attackers claimed the attack was planned by Khan.The attackers all of whom are students were identified as brothers Zishan Ansari (23) and Altamash (22), Jithin Santosh Kurian (22) and Arafat Ahmed Ali (21). Khan surrendered before the police on Monday post which he was arrested and produced before Andheri court where he was granted bail.The complainant, 34, an astrologer was attacked on May 25 by two people riding a sports bike, while she was taking a morning walk.According to TOI, police told court that Khan acted as a mediator between the woman and the four attackers and that according to the lawyer, the woman had plotted the attack on herself.Khan told the publication: “The woman used my cousin Altamash Ansari (22) to carry out the attack after paying him Rs10,000. The planning took place at her home two days before the assault, when I introduced Altamash to her as someone who had some contacts in the ministry. She wanted to organize a #MeToo campaign in Delhi. Minutes after Altamash returned from her flat, I found his behaviour weird. When I learnt about the attack on May 25, I rushed to help her file an FIR. The same day, cops told us they had got hold of the attacker’s bike number. It was then that the woman confessed to me that she had plotted the attack.”advertisementHowever, the complainant refutes the allegation terming it absolutely false.This is absolutely false. The investigation shall prove the truth of the matter. I always had a strong case on merit. My original advocate was doing a fabulous job. Khan, as a second advocate, was more interested in a media trial and in facing the cameras while I was not, therefore I never came forward until now. What his agenda for the media trial was, he knows best. I only know I have suffered in the bargain for having trusted people blindly,” she told The Times of India.Also read | Karan Oberoi rape case: Attack on complainant planned by her lawyer?last_img read more

Gattuso ‘angry’ with attack despite win

first_imgUEFA Europa League Gattuso ‘angry’ with attack despite comfortable Milan win at Ludogorets Ben Spratt 12:37 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gennaro Gattuso Ludogorets Milan Europa League Getty UEFA Europa League Milan Ludogorets Ludogorets v Milan A 3-0 away win might satisfy most coaches, but the Serie A side’s boss was left “angry” despite a positive result Gennaro Gattuso refused to revel in AC Milan’s 3-0 away win at Ludogorets, claiming his side could and possibly should have played better.Milan took a commanding lead in their Europa League last-32 tie as Patrick Cutrone, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini found the net in Bulgaria, extending the Rossoneri’s unbeaten start to 2018.But Gattuso was far from satisfied with the victory due to his belief that the result did not reflect the visitors’ poor performance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I wouldn’t call it the perfect performance as we could have played better, even if it’s always difficult in Europe,” he told Sky Sport Italia .”Ludogorets could have caused us problems, but we are holding on tight to this 3-0 result. I don’t think it’s a fair reflection of the game, because we could have done so much better.”I am actually angry, as we didn’t develop our attacking moves properly.”What does reassure me is the growing confidence in the team, even among those who do not play as much. I want everyone to be ready and in good shape when called upon.”And Gattuso was in no mood to discuss his future, refusing to be drawn in on speculation that he will be offered a contract extension at San Siro.Full-time / Fischio finaleFantastic performance, boys! / Grande prestazione ragazzi! #LUDACM 0-345′ #Cutrone 64′ #RR 90+3′ #Borini pic.twitter.com/VlaZLwnH2e — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 15, 2018 “I am just enjoying the dream of being Milan coach at the age of 40,” he said. “I have a lot to learn.”We will see what happens, but the important thing is not whether or not Gattuso is on the bench. What matters is Milan.”I have been given this great chance. It is an immense honour and a dream that I hope will last as long as possible.”Gattuso and Milan currently sit seventh in the Serie A table and are slated to take on sixth-placed Sampdoria in the league on Sunday.last_img read more

Rakitic reiterates future stance amid exit talk

first_imgIvan Rakitic continues to ignore the transfer talk which surrounds him at Barcelona, with it his intention to remain at Camp Nou for the foreseeable future.Speculation regarding a move elsewhere is nothing new for the Croatia international.He has been linked with leading sides across Europe for some time now, with the likes of Manchester United and Inter having been credited with interest in the past. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Rakitic has always turned a deaf ear to the rumours, with the 31-year-old midfielder fully committed to a contract at Camp Nou.He is not about to alter that stance, despite seeing more gossip sparked during the current window.Quizzed on the latest reports, Rakitic told reporters while on pre-season duty: “My idea is very clear, I want to stay at Barca.“[Transfer talk] is a situation I’m used to. It happened to me last year.“I’ve spoken with the club and the coach and we have the same idea, for me to stay at Barca.“We’re open to everything, as always, but my intention is to stay. I have two more years on my contract and I want to keep enjoying myself at Barca.”With Rakitic experienced now to ignore any potentially distracting stories about his future, he claims that speculation is no longer a source of frustration for him.He added: “It doesn’t annoy me.“I know that football works like this and it makes me proud because if other teams want me it’s because I’m doing things very well. I’m calm.”Rakitic is currently tied to a deal with Barca until the summer of 2021.It has been reported that he is eager to thrash out fresh terms, allowing everybody to bring the unwelcome exit talk to a close.He is, however, no closer to putting pen to paper, with no discussions having been held as yet.“I spoke with the president on various topics and now the club has other things to do before thinking about [my new contract],” added Rakitic.“The president wants to create a good squad so that the fans can enjoy Barca.”Josep Maria Bartomeu is currently in the process of bringing fresh faces into Camp Nou, with Antoine Griezmann the marquee addition of the summer as speculation continues to suggest that Neymar could be brought back to Catalunya from Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

Farright antiracist groups plan duelling protests Sunday in Quebec City

first_imgMONTREAL – An anti-fascist group is organizing a counter-protest against a demonstration in Quebec City on Sunday that is being planned by a far-right group.Montreal Antifasciste says in a statement it’s calling on anti-fascist and anti-racist groups to head to the provincial capital to oppose La Meute’s demonstration.The call comes after at least two Quebecers were identified participating in a white supremacist rally last week in Charlottesville, Va.One of them, outed as a member of La Meute, was suspended from the right-wing group pending an investigation.Quebec City police say they are aware of the possibility of duelling protests.Police spokesman David Poitras says that while the right to protest is a constitutional right, authorities won’t tolerate violence, vandalism or other criminal acts.last_img read more

UN gives a helping hand to Tunisia ahead of landmark elections

22 October 2011As Tunisians prepare to vote on Sunday in the first elections to be held in the wake of this year’s Arab Spring reform movement, United Nations staff are in place to assist the country to stage the ballots as peacefully and smoothly as possible. A team of up to 15 UN electoral experts has been on the ground in recent months in the North African country to offer advice and support to both Tunisia’s independent electoral authorities as they conduct the polls and to political parties, candidates and civil society groups as they participate in the electoral process – many of them for the first time.Tomorrow’s election for the 217 members of a constituent assembly, which is tasked with drafting a new constitution, is the first of its kind in any North African or Middle Eastern country that has been swept up by the Arab Spring movement. Thousands of candidates are competing.It is a pioneering moment, says Mohammed Belhocine, the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Tunisia and the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in an interview with the UN News Centre on the eve of the poll.“We know this is being watched all over the world,” he says, noting that Tunisians were the first people in the Arab Spring to oust their long-standing government regime. “We hear that the Arab world is not suited for democracy. But this can show that a smooth, peaceful transition is the only way to go.”Dr. Belhocine’s comments are echoed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said last night in a statement issued by his spokesperson that he will be following the election with keen interest.“Tunisia’s example has inspired the region and the world, and these elections are of great importance in the country’s democratic transition, providing the Tunisian people with an historic opportunity to express their will through the ballot box,” the statement said.“It is encouraging to see the level of enthusiasm and preparedness the people and officials have shown to make the elections a success. This is a Tunisia-led and Tunisian-owned process to which the United Nations has provided technical electoral support at the request of Tunisia’s authorities.”That technical support has come at virtually every step of the electoral process, explains Dr. Belhocine, from setting up the legal framework for the polls to accrediting observers to determining the procedures for counting and announcing the results.UN staff have been placed inside key institutions to work alongside their Tunisian counterparts, giving advice and offering expertise and comparative experiences from other countries to help guide them.“We always emphasize that our support is impartial, neutral. We don’t interfere with the final decision – we just provide them with the knowledge and expertise so they can do the job.”The official says the initial stages of the electoral process earlier this year were difficult, with several misunderstandings between Tunisian electoral authorities and the UN and other outside groups. But he says the relationship has become much more cooperative as the elections have drawn closer.Dr. Belhocine is confident that Tunisia can have a successful election, citing the population’s high education levels and respect for public institutions as just two examples of why the country is ready.“We share the optimism of the authorities that we have a process that can go to its end without too much trouble or problems.”In the end, however, he stresses that the elections represent only one step in a much longer process to help Tunisia build up the institutions and processes it needs to flourish as a democracy after decades of autocracy. A process of “electoral consultation” lies ahead, with presidential and parliamentary polls scheduled after that.“Our assistance doesn’t stop after the election. The situation is still fragile, and we will work with whomever wins to ensure that the administration of elections is carried out with quality.” read more

Delegates at UN meeting on worlds poorest States back global antiAIDS fund

The firm backing was voiced during an interactive session on “the role of health in enhancing productive capacities” held as part of the Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries, which runs through Sunday. Many speakers noted that the Fund would help those countries, which are known collectively as LDCs, but stressed that the Fund must receive resources beyond current expenditures on AIDS. “The time for business as usual is past,” said K.Y. Amoako, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa. “To meet our goals, we need more money and better systems.”Mr. Amoako said the LDCs should be spending a minimum of about $45-$60 per person on health each year. That would require a major increase over current levels, which average approximately $5-$10 per person per year from government funds, matched by contributions from households themselves. While LDCs could mobilize more resources, the international community would need to shoulder the greater part of the burden, he said. The Conference also held an interactive session on the vital role of education in development. Addressing the session, Rubens Ricupero, the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), pointed out that very often families failed to send their children to school not because they did not value education, but because they were desperate for money. In some African countries, for example, children earned as much as 45 per cent of the total household income. Minimum incomes must be guaranteed to families to give them the incentive to send their kids to school, he said. Meanwhile, business concerns topped the agenda at another one of today’s meetings, which attracted the participation of some 75 entrepreneurs and senior policy-makers from LDCs and their counterparts from other countries. Numerous speakers addressing that event called for measures to overcome the trade barriers currently faced by LDCs.Also today, a group of more than 200 mayors from throughout the world formally committed themselves to the fight against poverty in their cities while expressing their determination to actively promote city-to-city cooperation. Adopting a declaration at the conclusion of a day-and-a-half-long “Meeting of Mayors,” the participants took special note of the particular structural difficulties facing cities in LDCs, and stressed that the fight against urban poverty must be viewed as a shared commitment. read more

UN envoy disappointed by suspension of Radio Okapi amid situation in eastern

“This is particularly unfortunate given the current very sensitive and difficult situation in North Kivu province,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), Roger Meece.“Radio Okapi is broadcasting essential messages to the population with appeals for calm by religious and other leaders, communication regarding a city curfew by provincial government authorities, and other essential information,” he added in a MONUSCO news release. “We find the timing and lack of notification by the CSAC puzzling and regrettable. We will be registering an official protest of this action with Congolese authorities.”The DRC’s Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel et de la Communication (CSAC) took the decision on the suspension on 30 November.Radio Okapi is a partnership between MONUSCO and the Hirondelle Foundation, a Swiss non-governmental organization, and it has the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa.The station first went on the air ten years ago with the aim of contributing to the consolidation of peace in the DRC through the free flow of information. It broadcasts daily in five languages, including the country’s four national languages. Most of its programming is in French. Currently, an estimated one third of the DRC’s population tunes in to Radio Okapi daily.The decision to suspend Radio Okapi was not communicated either to Radio Okapi nor MONUSCO, according to the peacekeeping mission. However, MONUSCO was able to obtain a copy of the CSAC written decree which cites a dispute over the submission of programme scheduling to the CSAC as the basis for this decision. “Given the seriousness of the security situation in Goma, the Special Representative took the decision to use alternate means to ensure continued and intermediate transmission of Radio Okapi in North Kivu,” MONUSCO noted in a news release.The province of North Kivu, in the eastern DRC, has been the site of upheaval and a humanitarian crisis recently, with the occupation of its capital city, Goma, by the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group, composed of soldiers who mutinied in April from the DRC national army, known by the French acronym FARDC.Monitored by MONUSCO peacekeepers, M23 fighters withdrew from the city over the weekend, in line with requirements laid out in a communiqué of a regional group, the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). The communiqué also restricted the M23 outside of the 20 kilometre zone around Goma and called on them to cease all military activity while a long-lasting solution continues to be worked on.The M23 occupation of Goma, which came after a steady advance over preceding days and included clashes with the FARDC, drew widespread condemnation and calls for the fighters’ immediate withdrawal, including from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council. It also caused a humanitarian emergency, with tens of thousands of people uprooted amidst armed clashes and reports of targeted summary executions, the widespread recruitment and use of children, unconfirmed cases of sexual violence, and other serious human rights abuses.In the news release, MONUSCO added that all members of the UN system in the DRC remain “fully committed to addressing urgently the humanitarian and security needs of the population in North Kivu, providing full support to achieving a resolution of the threat posed by M23 military actions as rapidly as possible, and establishment more broadly of long-term peace and security for the people of North Kivu and the region.” read more

Isil claims responsibility for Manchester attack

first_imgIslamic State has claimed responsibility for a bombing at a pop concert in Manchester which left 22 people dead.In a statement released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s official Amaq news agency, they said it was revenge for attacks on “Muslim lands”.”One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester,” it said,  appearing to challenge the Manchester police theory it had been a suicide attack.The jihadist group also claimed the attack, which killed at least 22 people – including children –  and injured 59 more concertgoers leaving a packed Ariana Grande performance at Manchester Arena, was planned beforehand.They described the venue as a “shameless”Isil did not publish a name or picture of the assailant, which they have done for some major attacks in the past. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault on the UK since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005.US officials drew parallels between the blast and the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

MKB Veszprem defeated twice in Skopje friendlies

← Previous Story Germany wins Bundesliga All-Star Game Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 16): Barcelona deals easily with Cuenca MKB Veszprem has been defeated twice in Skopje in their friendly matches against RK Vardar and RK Metalurg. The first defeat came at the hands of RK Vardar 30:28 (15:14), led by Timur Dibirov with 10 goals, and few days later Ortega felt the bitterness of defeat yet once again when RK Metalurg beat Veszprem in “Avtokomanda” hall with 25:23 (13:12). Metalurg – Vesprem  25:23 (13:12)Metalurg: Stanić (13 saves + 2 7meters), Mijatović, Ojleski 1, Dimovski 2, Pecakovski 1, Vugrinec 6, Georgievski 2, Manaskov 4, Mirkulovski 4, V.Markoski, Mojsoski, N.Markoski, Cindrić 4, Kedžo 1, Jonoski i Mandić.Vesprem: Alilović (7 saves), Fazekaš, Vilovski, Gulijaš 3, G.Ivančik 3, Šuč, T.Ivančik 1, Ruesga 1, Iliќ 2, Močai, Nađ 4, Džamali 1, Ugalde 2, Čema Rodrigez 1, Terzić 1 i Sulić 4. Antonio Carlos OrtegailicmetalurgruesgaVardarveszprem read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgSeán Dunne failed in his bid to have his bankruptcy overturnedA Sinn Féin TD claimed he was ‘stitched up‘ by Vincent Browne PARTING SHOTEducation Minister Ruairí Quinn and TD John Lyons have some unique decorations to hang on the Labour Party Christmas tree.They were each presented with an elvish ‘mini-me’ by the junior infants at St Joseph’s during a visit today.[Image: John Lyons TD via Twitter]Now everyone’s going to want one.First posted at 9.30pm M&S staff voted to strike tomorrowGardí seized a weapon and some crystal meth in LongfordThree raiders escaped after an armed robbery in AthyAllsop announced the biggest propery auction yetNews spread of an appeal to raise €35,000 towards surgery for two toddler sisters in CorkAnd Michael O’Leary got his hands dirty at Dublin AirportWORLDA child looks up at a giant bronze statue of former president Nelson Mandela, on Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg [AP Photo/Athol Moralee]#SOUTH AFRICA: President Jacob Zuma announced plans for the state funeral and other memorial services in honour of Nelson Mandela#CHINA: Legal action was launched against a well-known film director over claims he has fathered too many children#BRAZIL: Ireland won’t be there, but the show must go on: the draw for the 2014 World Cup Finals took place todayINNOVATIONIt was revealed that smartphone users are 33 per cent more likely than others to fall victim to identity fraud‘Progress’ report: A Facebook engineer says the social network has informally experimented with bringing in a “sympathise” button [Huffington Post]Innovation, or horrifying foretaste of things to come? A gaming chain has introduced ‘Christmas dinner in a tin’ [Buzzfeed Tech]center_img Updated at 11.03pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.Flags fly at half-mast at Government Buildings [Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images]IRELANDThe country paid tribute following the death of Nelson MandelaESB workers announced an all out strike for Monday weekThe controversy surrounding Gerry Adams’ comments continuedThere was an attempted gangland hit on John Gilliganlast_img read more

Google pulls Bomb Gaza game from app store after backlash

first_imgA GAME WHICH allowed players to pretend to be the Israeli military and drop bombs on the city of Gaza has been removed from the Google Play store after a public backlash.Bomb Gaza, which was released for Android, was released on 29 July and had been downloaded up to 1,000 times before it was taken down.The blurb gives the instructions “drop bombs and avoid killing civilians,” and it also had a low maturity rating as well, meaning that the game was also available for children to play.While it received 46 five star reviews, written reviews slammed the game for trivialising the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.Google Play’s content policy states that it doesn’t “allow content advocating against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity,” resulting in the game’s removal.Similar games have been removed from the store including Gaza Assault: Code Red, a game that allowed players to “take control of an Israeli UAV equipped with powerful weapons in an attempt to secure the region.”Read: Explainer: Why the new challenger to Bitcoin is worth keeping an eye on >Read: Controversial plastic surgery apps no longer on iTunes, Google Play >last_img read more

More Greeks turn to Airbnb to boost income

first_imgMore Greeks have turned to short-term rentals to boost their income as a result of the economic crisis. The 1st BnB Guest Conference in Athens presented findings from an online survey conducted by the University of the Aegean and the Laboratory for Tourism Research and Studies.The study found that 23 per cent of respondents rented out their properties for over 150 days a year, with 63 per cent citing the need for additional income and 44 per cent stating that they viewed this method as a way out of the economic crisis.Most respondents were newcomers to Airbnb with 37 per cent having joined in the last two years and only 6 per cent claiming to have been active for more than five years. Most (70 per cent) managed their Airbnb activities on their own, and did not use companies that offered management services.Most Airbnb providers who were polled came from Athens (41 per cent), followed by Crete (20 per cent), Central Macedonia (16 per cent), the South Aegean islands (14 per cent) and Ionian islands (12 per cent).80 per cent of the study’s participants said they had registered with Greece’s newly launched online registry and declared their taxable earnings. Half of the respondents said they agreed with the new legal framework but stated that it would limit their activity and have a negative impact on the overall economy. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Geek Plays Assassins Creed Odyssey

first_imgStay on target Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well, you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at Geek.com stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.After a brief pause, Assassin’s Creed is back to yearly releases, and this year’s entry takes the historical murder all the way back to Ancient Greece. Watch us discover just how different (or not) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is compared to Assassin’s Creed Origins, as well as get a hands-on experience with Greece’s thicc pantheon.Subscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3 PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Want to catch up with past Geek Plays? Watch our shows for Forza Horizon 4 and Dragon Quest XI.Purchase Assassin’s Creed Odysseylast_img read more

Bahamas Public Forecast 600 am for today and tonight Monday 2nd October

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 2, 2017 – Nassau – GENERAL SITUATION: A STATIONARY FRONT COMBINED WITH A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE NORTH OF THE BAHAMAS ALONG WITH A TROPICAL WAVE NEAR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WILL GENERATE SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER ACROSS THE ISLANDS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS AND MARINERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF ALONG NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES.FOR ALL AREASWEATHER:  PARTLY CLOUDY, BREEZY AND WARM WITH FEW PASSING SHOWERS OR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM LIKELY MAINLY IN THE NORTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION CONTINUES FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.WINDS:                NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS, BUT STRONGER IN GUSTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BUT NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.SEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEAN BUT HIGHER IN GUSTS OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 7 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE                  91 °F      33 °COVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE             79 °F      26 °CSUNRISE: 7:03 AM                           SUNSET: 6:55 PMMOONRISE: 5:08 PM                      MOONSET: 4:51 AM TUELOW TIDE: 11:58 AM                       HIGH TIDE:6:09 PMLOW TIDE: 12:31 AM TUE              HIGH TIDE: 6:33 AM TUEEXTENDED FORECAST: HAZARDOUS BOATING CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST DURING THE WEEK.FORECAST FOR  TUESDAYWEATHER: MOSTLY CLOUDY AND VERY WINDY WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS OR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EASTERLY AT 25 TO 30 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.SEAS: 10 TO 14 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 7 TO 10 FEET IN THECENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.FORECAST FOR  WEDNESDAYWEATHER: MOSTLY CLOUDY AND VERY WINDY WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERTORMS.WINDS: EASTERLY AT 25 TO 30 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMASSEAS: 10 TO 14 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND5 TO 8 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM COULD FORM BY THE END OF THE WEEK ACROSS THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA OR THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO.  THIS AREA HAS A 20% CHANCE OF CYCLONE DEVELOPMENT.  ELSEWHERE, TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS.PATRICIA WEEKS/dgPhoto: Berry Islands, Bahamas Related Items:last_img read more

Firefighter reach 90 containment on 60acre wildfire near Pala Casino

first_imgFirefighter reach 90% containment on 60-acre wildfire near Pala Casino PAUMA VALLEY (KUSI) — Crews dousing the smoldering remnants of a roughly 60-acre wildfire near Pala Casino had the burn area about 90 percent contained Thursday morning.The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday off the 13000 block of state Route 76 in the Pauma Valley area, according to Cal Fire. Two residents were evacuated from the rural area as the flames began to spread across open terrain, but both were allowed to return home after about 90 minutes.Within three hours of igniting and sending thick black smoke billowing over the North County, the flames had blackened an estimated 50 acres, Cal Fire said. By then, crews from several area firefighting agencies had the burn area roughly 10 percent contained.Containment reached 15 percent as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, when fire crews had all active flames in the burn zone extinguished, the state firefighting agency said. It was 40 percent contained as of 6 a.m. Wednesday and 85 percent contained by about 6 p.m. Wednesday.About 150 firefighters, including crews aboard fixed-wing aircraft and water-dropping helicopters, were deployed at the height of the fire-suppression effort Tuesday afternoon and evening. Roughly 100 firefighters worked to mop up and contain the blaze Wednesday.It was dubbed the Agua Fire due to its proximity to seasonal Agua Tibia Creek. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. May 24, 2018 Posted: May 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more