The Problem with Ultimatums

first_imgThe first problem with giving an ultimatum is that it can be accepted. You may believe that you have the power in a negotiation. You might believe that that power can be exercised by giving the other party an ultimatum. But giving an ultimatum allows for the other party’s acceptance. And then, you’re done.Maybe you really believe you should be done negotiating. But giving an ultimatum usually indicates a different, deeper set of problems.Lack of Strong RelationshipsAll things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still probably win.Giving ultimatums often means that you don’t have the relationship necessary to work through the issue and arrive a more positive solution. Strong relationships allow you to work through issues and give the other party the benefit of the doubt. But sometimes you don’t quite have the relationships you need. Before you give an ultimatum, you’re better off asking for an opportunity to work on the relationships, to build trust, and to build a better understanding of the other party’s view.Ultimatums eliminate relationships … they’re a seriously transactional behavior. They aren’t what people with relationships offer each other.Lack of ResourcefulnessYou are a limitless reservoir of ideas.Ultimatums are also a sign that you are in an unresourceful state. Your resourcefulness (your imagination and your creativity) allows you to continually identify new options, new ideas, and new solutions. There is no reason to get to an ultimatum when you can instead work on creating alternatives. You need the trust that relationships are built on to get the time and opportunity to work on these solutions. If you’ve got the relationship, use it to collaborate.Ultimatums eliminate the possibility of identifying and pursuing alternatives. You are a limitless reservoir of ideas. So is the person with whom you are negotiating. The best relationships are built on collaborating to find a way or make a new one.Instead of giving ultimatums, work on the underlying relationship and resourcefulness problems. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Hardik Patel a wild card in run-up to Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections

first_imgDays after Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised a farm loan waiver to farmers of Madhya Pradesh, Hardik Patel, Patidar (Patel) leader from Gujarat, on Sunday announced a month-long yatra in the State where Assembly polls are to be held by the year-end. “I will start the yatra next month from Amarkantak, the place from where the Narmada river originates. This month-long journey, in two phases, will pass through about 100 Assembly seats of Bundelkhand, Mahakaushal and Malwa-Nimad regions of Madhya Pradesh,” Mr. Patel said during a media interaction in Indore.Since last Thursday, Mr. Patel has been on a five-day tour of the State under the banner of the Kisan Kranti Sena (KSS) that he heads.“We want to make the youth and farmers aware during this tour. We will not talk about parties or their candidates. But we will appeal to the voters to scrutinise the work of the sitting MLAs of their areas,” he added. Gujarat modelBut Mr. Patel’s presence has prompted many in political circles to question if the 25 year-old leader is doing a repeat of his Gujarat act: help the Congress break into the Patidar community of Madhya Pradesh who have traditionally supported and voted for the BJP.An estimated six million plus voters from the Patidar community are there in Madhya Pradesh and the bulk of them are in the Malwa region. “The Patel votebank is sizeable in places such as Mandsaur, Ratlam, Indore and anyone calling for scrutiny of the ruling government will help,” said a senior Congress leader.The Patels in MP, belonging to the Kurmi caste are part of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and can be a determining factor in 30 of the 230 Assembly seats.Most important, support from the community provides the Congress an opportunity to counter Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s OBC poster boy image. To build its credentials among OBCs, during the Rajya Sabha elections in March, the Congress nominated Rajmani Patel, an associate of former Chief Minister Arjun Singh. But most believe the turning point in the Patidar community’s relationship with the ruling BJP was the 2017 farmers’ protest in Mandsaur as four of the six killed in police action were from the community. The Congress denies a hand in Mr. Patel’s visit. “This reflects the distress the farmers of Madhya Pradesh are facing. One has to see how this will evolves and plays out politically,” Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Women members suggest poll reforms

first_imgElected women representatives in Rajasthan have suggested major reforms in the process for allotment of symbols, counting of votes, setting up of polling booths and allotment of time for campaign by the candidates ahead of the Panchayati Raj elections in the State. The women leaders also demanded financial autonomy for panchayat bodies.On empowerment Taking part in a dialogue on empowerment of women panchayat members here over the week-end, the representatives said the election symbols should be allotted at least 10 days before polling to give enough time for contacting the voters. Besides, the counting of votes should be undertaken two days after polling at the block level.Over two dozen women Sarpanches from Rajsamand, Sirohi, Jaipur and Tonk districts recounted their experiences during the last five years and called upon the State Election Commission and Panchayati Raj Department to facilitate the election of more women leaders in the January-February 2020 polls.Ganeshi Devi, first-time Sarpanch of Gaonguda village panchayat in Rajsamand, said she had ensured the availability of 100 days’ work to rural labourers under NREGA and brought girls to the government schools. Manu Gayari of Sema panchayat narrated her experiences during the construction of a new building for the local school.Direct grant transferThe women Sarpanches and panchayat members demanded that the Finance Commission directly transfer the grants to the panchayat bodies without any restrictions on expenditure to strengthen local self-government. The functions of 29 subjects listed in the 11th Schedule of the Constitution should also be transferred to panchayats in the true spirit of the 73th amendment.Free, fair polling While Kamal Tak of Rajasthan Election Watch said the candidates should monitor the activities of all stakeholders during the panchayat elections to ensure free and fair polling, former civil servant Rajendra Bhanawat said the suggestions for electoral reforms should be supported with the proposals for works in consultation with the villagers.State Election Commission’s Assistant Secretary Uttam Singh Maderna also attended the dialogue. The women representatives later met Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi and raised the demand for allocation of untied funds to village panchayats and transfer of budgets of five departments to them under the process of decentralisation.last_img read more

MPs concerned over lack of funds for SAGY scheme

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Several MPs in Rajya Sabha today expressed concern over no provision of funds under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), as the government said that works suggested by them would be given priority by concerned departments. During the Question Hour, many members, including K P Ramalilngam (DMK), raised questions about the efficacy of the SAGY scheme asking how they could carry out developmental works when no extra funds were available. A member also said that the scheme was launched by the Prime Minister in 2014 with “much fanfare”. In response, Rural Development minister Birendra Singh said some states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds for this scheme. As MPs expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of funds for the scheme, Singh said there was a suggestion to increase the MPLAD allocation keeping in mind the SAGY scheme. He said while specific funds have not been allotted for SAGY, the departments of the central and state governments will give priority to works taken up by MPs in the model villages. Another proposal which he wanted to be considered was that if a member provided an amount for a SAGY village from his own funds, then a matching grant should be provided to assist that work, the Minister said. The HRD ministry was also working to see that there are no school drop-outs in SAGY villages while efforts were also being made to ensure provision of ration cards there. There are certain social activities for which funds are not necessary, Singh said. PTI ADS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

South African Wines to Help Your Grill Game

first_img Editors’ Recommendations An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide We’ve entered peak barbecue season. Every night, you can walk around your neighborhood and smell the delicious aroma of cooking coals and grilling meat. It really is one of the true joys of the summer.Pairing wine with barbecue can be a tricky endeavor. Do you stick to your reds? Do you splurge on something good if you’re just pairing it with something off the grill? And when you walk into the wine store, what the hell country should you choose?A suggestion if we may: South Africa. South Africans are known for their love of barbecue, or braai. Nearly every country has their variation on barbecue and braai is short for braaivleis, which translates to “barbecued meat.” And they have their own rich history wine making to accompany some of their grilled specialties, such as boerewors (thick beef “farmer’s sausage”).RELATED: Essential Guide to Grilling AccessoriesWe’ve covered Mulderbosch’s 2012 Faithful Hound previously as part of our spotlight on Bordeaux blends, but we can’t stress enough how much this red suits meat straight from the barbecue. With its mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, there is a diverse flavor profile. Upon first sip, there are bold (and refreshing) berry notes. The initial fruitiness segues into a smooth, almost creamy tasting experience and then ends with a subtle, but spicy finish that lingers—and entices you for another drink. As you can tell, we are big fans.But a barbecue should always be balanced, so we have a white to recommend as well. Fish (sardines, crayfish, prawn and more) play a large part in any South African braai and we all know that whites pair the best with any gift from the sea. The 2011 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc is an especially crisp, bright wine. Chenin blancs are known for their diversity (the grapes can be used to make sparkling wines) and their sweetness (they are also used for dessert wines). The 2011 Mulderbosch could certainly be served as dessert wine, but with its very up front pear flavors and gentle honey finish, you’ll be pleased drinking a chilled glass or two of this on a hot day.There you go. Now you’ve learned a little bit about South African braai and the South African wines that would be a hit there or at any American barbecue. Put the knowledge to good use! Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mindlast_img read more

Crew Member Missing from MSC Boxship

first_imgzoom A crew member has been reported missing from MSC containership MSC Giannina, a Geneva-based spokesperson from the company confirmed to World Maritime News.The incident took place while the 2,054 TEU Sub Panamax containership was en route from Gioia Tauro to Genoa, Italy, last week, between the 19th and 20th of October.According to Italian media, the missing mariner is a 54-year-old man of Ukrainian nationality, identified as Juri Kharytonov, the ship’s captain.“MSC informed police and other authorities that a person was reported missing from the container ship MSC Giannina while sailing between Gioia Tauro and Genoa. “The vessel carried out a search in collaboration with the Italian and French navies before continuing its voyage to Genoa where the crew is cooperating with the authorities. In line with normal procedures, MSC has also opened its own inquiry into the incident,” a statement from MSC reads.The circumstances surrounding the crew member’s disappearance remain a mystery.The vessel has reportedly been arrested by the Genoa’s prosecution office until further notice.The Portuguese-flagged boxship, built in 1997, remains moored in Genoa, Italy, where it arrived on October 21st, based on the vessel’s latest AIS data.An investigation into the case is underway.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Tim Allen Gives Life Advice In AARP Magazine

first_imgTim Allen has shared some advice on how to be present in your own life in the latest issue of AARP The Magazine.“I suggest it to everybody to engage as much as you can in life,” he says in an exclusive interview in the magazine, on sale September 24. “Most human beings are disengaged all day, every day. You’re doing one thing but you’re thinking about your dry cleaning or ’I’ve got this on Friday.’ It takes energy. God knows I’m not the Dalai Llama, but if you’re not careful and don’t find your center point, you end up sorta drifting through life sideways.“Yesterday I was swimming with my 3 year-old, and I looked up and thought, ‘How wonderful this world is.’ We’re always searching for something, but it’s going to be all right. Stop fretting so much.”Allen also touches on his sobriety, losing his father at a young age, and other personal struggles from which his accessible brand of comedy was born.“My wife and I have befriended couples in their 70s, 80s and 90s, and they’re so clear about who they are. They teach us humility and gentleness. Maybe their bodies don’t work the way they once did, but they’re right there. That’s how I want to be as I get older.“You don’t want the end to come and say, ‘I wished I’d loved more, I wish I smelled more roses.’ You have to do that now.”last_img read more

Ontario to cap minimum wage at 14 an hour as part of

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario will cap minimum wage at $14 an hour until fall 2020 as part of a rollback of labour reforms introduced by the previous Liberal regime, the Progressive Conservative government announced Tuesday, drawing praise from businesses and criticism from unions and anti-poverty advocates.The government said new rules — which will link future minimum-wage increases to the inflation rate and reduce the number of personal leave days — will help cut red tape and encourage business investment.“The previous government brought in a tsunami of new burdens and regulations that have imposed significant unnecessary costs on businesses and stifled economic growth,” said Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson as the government detailed its proposed labour legislation.Ontario’s minimum wage increased from $11.60 to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, and was set to rise to $15 an hour next year as a result of the Liberals’ labour laws. Under the government’s new legislation, it will remain at $14 until October 2020.Labour Minister Laurie Scott said the government will be using an “economically sound metric” to decide the rate of future increases.“Ontario workers and businesses deserve a minimum wage determined by economics not politics,” she said.The government’s labour bill, if passed, will also cut two paid personal leave days for workers, bringing their total to eight — three for personal illness, two for bereavement leave and three for family responsibilities.The legislation keeps provisions brought in by the Liberals that granted workers up to 10 days of leave if they or their child experiences domestic or sexual violence. It will also maintain regulations that grant Ontario workers three weeks of paid vacation after five years of service.But a number of scheduling provisions will be scrapped under the Tory bill, including a minimum of three hours pay in the event a shift is cancelled 48 hours or less before it was scheduled to begin.“We will reverse the needless scheduling restrictions and give back employers the flexibility to have the right staff at the right time,” Scott said.The government’s moves on the labour file were applauded by some in the business community who had argued against the minimum wage increase and labour reforms when they were brought in last year.Jocelyn Bamford, of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers, said the wage hike was “too much too soon.”“This legislation will go a long way to maintaining the viability of small and medium businesses in the province and will help us save jobs,” she said.Others, however, said the government was undoing measures that had made life easier for families and vowed to push back.“We’ve known for a long time that Doug Ford is no friend of workers,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “With today’s announcement he’s proven exactly that.”Pam Frache, of the advocacy group Fight for $15 and Fairness, said by rolling back Liberal labour reforms, Ford was breaking a campaign pledge to stick up for regular Ontario residents.“What Mr. Ford has announced today is not a government that is for the people but a government for the corporate elite,” she said.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she was skeptical about whether the Ford government will actually follow through the pledge to increase the minimum wage in 2020.“We’ll have to wait,” she said. “What we know for sure is that Ontario workers are being dragged backwards so Mr. Ford can hand out the goodies to his friends in the business community.”last_img read more

The Moroccan Competition Council Slams the Rise in Milk Prices

Fez –The Moroccan Competition Council argued that some sources suggest that milk manufacturers have colluded to artificial raise prices.In August 2013, Central Laitière, a market leader in the dairy industry, raised their milk prices. Other operators followed suit. The milk manufacturers used high costs of production to justify the increase.The Moroccan Competition Council issued a report on Friday about this controversial price change. The report says that all operators justify the increase in milk prices by higher cost of its production. “But the analysis showed that the direct link between these two elements does not exist, to the extent that the prices of inputs have not increased in 2013, contrary to what happened in previous years.”The report goes on to clarify: “By contrast, we find out that the higher prices of pasteurized milk coincided with the increase in import prices of milk powder, which does not fit in the production of pasteurized milk but in the derivatives milk.”The Moroccan Council of Competition stressed that there are indices that suggest collusion among the milk operators to artificially raise prices. The Council goes so far to add that if this were true, the milk operators would have violated the Competition Law.Among these indicators is the speed of COPAG’s and SAFILAIT’s (the second and third largest operators) alignment with the new price of Central Laitière.The second index, according to the Council, is the fact that all the operators used the same justification for price increases of milk.Edited by Timothy Filla. Photo courtesy of le360 © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Hamilton man charged with impaired driving in Port Dover

A Hamilton man has been charged with impaired driving after being pulled over by police in Port Dover. A concerned citizen called police to report a pickup truck driving aggressively around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. The vehicle was seen travelling into Jarvis and eventually into Hagersville where it was pulled over by officers. “While speaking with the male driver, police detected signs of impairment by alcohol and the driver was subsequently arrested,” said OPP in a news release.A 27-year-old Hamilton man was arrested and charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath sample.He is scheduled to appear in a Cayuga court at a later date.

Security Council authorizes 6month extension of NATO force in Bosnia

In unanimously adopting resolution 1551, the Council welcomed NATO’s decision, as well as the European Union’s intention to launch a follow-on mission there, including a military component, starting in December.The Council decided that the status of forces agreements in the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina should apply provisionally to the proposed European Union mission and its forces, including from the point of build-up in the country, in anticipation of the concurrence of the parties to those agreements to that effect.In a related provision, the Council authorized Member States to take all necessary measures, at the request of SFOR, either in defence of SFOR or to assist the force in carrying out its mission, and recognized the right of the force to take all necessary measures to defend itself from attack or threat of attack.In that connection, the Council expressed its intention to consider the terms of further authorization as necessary in light of developments in implementation of the Peace Agreement and the situation in that country. read more

Dog struck down with fainting goat syndrome as vets and owner flummoxed

The couple adopted him from a family that couldn’t keep him anymore.She explained: “We were aware that it happened, we adopted him from a family who were perfectly honest with us about his condition.”But I fell in love with him straight away. ” Peter is perfectly happyCredit:Michael Scott / Caters News There are a few things that trigger Peter’s ‘episodes’ such as walking over a change of surface, chasing birds, rain, jumping off rocks or from heights, and stairs. Anyone who owns a bouncy cocker spaniel knows their propensity to get overexcited. However, one young hound has flummoxed vets with his reaction to a particularly stimulating walk.Peter the one-year-old spaniel, from Sheffield, has what is thought to be a rare neurological condition, that his owners have called ‘fainting goat syndrome’ as he faints stiff when he sees a duck or enjoys his walk too much.Vets have no idea why Peter falls over whenever he gets excited but they assure owners Emma Clayton, 26, and Oliver Broomhead, 30, that the hound is perfectly happy and healthy.Ms Clayton, a pharmacy assistant, said she “panicked” the first time it happened. She added: “When he gets excited or scared, sometimes for no reason at all, he just freezes up and topples over.”As far as we know he is not in any pain – he is conscious when it happens, his eyes are open, he can follow me with his eyes, he just can’t move his body.”It depends on how overwhelmed he is, I guess – sometimes his body will freeze for almost 30 seconds.” Peter is perfectly happy Ms Clayton added: “People’s reaction is mixed – some people are horrified, I think they believe he is having a seizure, being in imminent danger but a lot of people just laugh because we do, too.”We are so used to it now. We think it’s slightly comical, so when they see us react they know it’s OK – we do have to explain it quite a lot but once we do everyone just wants to love him. ” 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. read more

ALROSA Udachny mine commissioned with capacity to be reached by 2019

first_imgALROSA Group has now commissioned its Udachny underground mine which is now on the way to reaching its design capacity of 4 Mt/y of ore. This rate of mining will make Udachny the largest underground diamond mine in Russia and one of the largest worldwide. The underground mine is expected to reach its design capacity in 2019.In the second half of 2014 diamond mining at Udachny will be ancillary to the orebody development. Commercial production is to start in 2015 to reach 2.4-3.0 Mt/y of ore by 2016 and 4 Mt/y by 2019. The underground project is to mine about 72.3 Mt of ore by 2034. The additional prospective resources are estimated at 72.8 Mt of ore. Once the design capacity is reached, Udachny underground mine will be able to provide over 5 Mct of diamonds per year.Open-pit mining at the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe, one of ALROSA’s largest deposits discovered in 1955, started in 1971. Rough diamonds mined at Udachnaya throughout its operation totaled some $80 billion. Open-pit mining at Udachnaya pipe is expected to be fully completed in 2015, and until then underground mining and operations in the open-pit mine will be parallel.Udachny is the forth in succession and the largest underground mine operated by ALROSA. Today ALROSA operates the International and Aikhal underground mines with the design capacity of 500,000 t/y and the Mir underground mine with the design capacity to reach 1 Mt/y of ore. “An ambitious program for the construction of underground mines is an integral part of ALROSA’s development strategy aiming to keep its world’s leading position in terms of rough diamond mining and ensure the diamond mining growth up to over 40 Mct. The launch of the Udachny underground mine will allow the company to maintain stable volumes of diamond production in Western Yakutia for many years,’ Fedor Andreev, ALROSA’s CEO, said at the official start-up ceremony.last_img read more

ABB Dodge CST drive systems at Titania mine

first_imgEurope’s first Dodge® controlled start transmission (CST) drive system is installed on a 700 m conveyor at a mine in Norway, providing the reliability required to overcome lost production from breakdowns. The Titania A/S mine located in Sokndal, Norway is the world’s largest open cast ilmenite mine, producing nearly 850,000 t/y per year of TiO2, the widely traded powder used in the whitening of products from paint to toothpaste.The mine’s maintenance team was struggling with repeated breakdowns of the conveyor’s existing mechanical drive system, costing the mine up to 1 million Norwegian Kroner ($120,000) in lost production each time. Breakdowns peaked during the harsh winter of 2010 to 2011. “The capacity was not good enough, and the reliability was not good enough,” says Knut Petter Netland, Titania’s Mine Manager. “Several times a year we had a breakdown and the repair time was too long. We had to close the milling operation before we could start the mining operation again. It was an unacceptable situation.”Titania turned to original equipment manufacturer Kellve Sweden AB for help. After dismissing an electrical option due to cost, the Kellve team suggested a mechanical solution, ABB’s Dodge controlled start transmission (CST) drive system. The CST is a 2 in 1 gearbox that combines a planetary gear reducer with an integral wet clutch system. When coupled to an AC induction motor, the CST converts the motors high-speed, low-torque input to a low-speed, high-torque output, delivering smooth control and enough power to drive the largest and longest conveyors.Although there are over 3,000 CST installations around the world, this was Europe’s first. Bent Haaland, Titania’s Project Leader contacted two mines in the USA to gauge their experiences. “The feedback we got from them was very positive,” says Haaland. “They didn’t have any incidents or plant stops. So they really reassured us with claims of 98% availability and extremely low overall maintenance costs.”Installed in August of 2014, the CSTs have delivered the reliability that the Titania mining team was looking for. While it may have been a leap of faith choosing technology they hadn’t heard of before, in the end, they all agree it was the right decision. “While it’s not always a good thing to be Europe’s first, when it is backed by a well-known name like ABB, you know you can trust them,” says Netland. “And so far that trust has paid off. The reliability has been good.” Those sentiments have been echoed by Titania’s deputy leader for mine maintenance, Stig Olsen. “For me it’s big, it’s strong, it seems to run and run and run,” says Olsen. “The solution is robust, it’s reliable and it brings lower maintenance.”last_img read more

6 talking points from the St Stephens Day Premier League action

first_img6. ‘Boring’ Chelsea a worry for the rest of the leagueChelsea don’t currently look like a team still in the Champions League and just two points off the league leaders,  having beaten Swansea 1-0 earlier.Each positive result they secure, however, seems to be punctuated by a ‘but…’For example, Jose Mourinho was last week forced to defend his side against the accusation that they were boring, even after they had achieved a relatively encouraging point at the Emirates.And while the football they play may not always be pretty, there are few better managers than Mourinho capable of setting up a side likely to grind out a result.Moreover, Chelsea were also accused of being ‘boring’ during Mourinho’s previous tenure in charge, which was the most successful era in their history. So perhaps they should, in fact, take these quips as compliments.Like football? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @football_ie>Ex-Liverpool player Harrison, once world’s most expensive teenager, dies at 46>Chelsea scrape past Swans thanks to Hazard winner> Updated at 23.341. Referees need to be braverFor the umpteenth time this season, players on both sides in the Man City-Liverpool game tugged each other’s jerseys ad nauseam while waiting for corners to be played into the box.Referees’ willful ignorance of these infringements is inexplicable and lowers the credibility of the game in fans’ eyes.Moreover, when or if an official does eventually penalise a player for engaging in this risky practice, the culprits will rightfully complain of a lack of consistency.Few people want jersey-tugging to become as endemic as it seems, for instance, in Italian football, so the referees’ association need to address their officials’ ineptitude in this regard and start punishing them if they continue to neglect their duties.2. United benefit from Rafael misfortuneWhat looked a moment of misfortune for United today actually benefited them considerably.The visitors’ predicament at the KC Stadium appeared to be getting even worse when, as they found themselves 2-0 down to Hull, Rafael was forced to leave the field injured.Yet this ostensible setback allowed United to revert to a more attacking style, with Antonio Valencia switching to full back and Adnan Januzaj being introduced into the action.The youngster had a near-immediate impact, winning the free kick that led to Chris Smalling’s goal and generally having a positive impact on the game.It was evidence perhaps of both Januzaj’s and David Moyes’ growing experience at United, with the Scot’s bold move at this difficult stage in the game ultimately paying off handsomely.3. New look but same problems for Tottenham(Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor looks up during their English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion – Bogdan Maran/AP/Press Association Images)Not for the first time this season, Tottenham looked anything but a potential Champions League side this afternoon.New manager Tim Sherwood picked an attacking 4-4-2 formation, just as he had in their recent 3-2 victory over Southampton.Yet this time, the move didn’t exactly pay off.Under AVB, Spurs’ chief problem was their difficulty in breaking teams down, and this issue arose again today, as they laboured to a 1-1 draw with West Brom at White Hart Lane.Consequently, it is no big surprise that their away record is superior to their home form — weaker teams are more willing to shut up shop in the latter instances, and Tottenham often have no answer to such pragmatism.4. Everton’s home record destroyed from the unlikeliest of sourcesUntil today, Everton had gone unbeaten at home in the league for the duration of 2013.The loss of this prestigious accolade so close to the final hurdle will be even more difficult to take considering that it came against bottom-placed Sunderland, who now have four wins against top-six sides this season.Yet the 1-0 result only tells half the story.The Toffees were substantially disadvantaged by the loss of their goalkeeper, Tim Howard, after he was sent off early in the game.And even playing against 10 men, Sunderland were fortunate to come away with a win, as goalkeeper Vito Mannone produced an exceptional performance.Therefore, for Sunderland, the victory is further confirmation that they have the ability to hold their own in the league, while Everton at least can console themselves amid the realisation that fortune eluded them this afternoon.5. Cazorla inspires Arsenal fightback While Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski got the goals that earned Arsenal a hard-fought 3-1 victory over West Ham today, there is arguably one other player who did more than anyone else to win them the three points.Santi Cazorla, perhaps peeved at being left on the bench for their recent encounter with Chelsea, produced the type of vintage performance that has long been his trademark.As they do with so many of their opponents, the Gunners passed West Ham into submission, until the Hammers were barely able to run and could hardly help but concede three late goals in the space of 11 minutes.Cazorla typified his side’s class and ran the game, allowing others to grab the headlines in the process. Consequently, maybe Arsene Wenger will think twice the next time he contemplates leaving out the Spaniard for a big game.last_img read more

The characteristics of the Parental Sex Talk

first_imgSo… have you… do you… have you… experienced… this? Do you and mam use condoms? THERE IS NO doubt that one of the hardest parts of modern parenting is ‘the talk’.  It is also one of the hardest parts of being a modern child.No one wants ‘the talk’ to happen, and yet, it has to, unless you want to risk the consequences.  And let’s face it, risking the consequences is not a great idea.Whether you’re the talker, or the talkee, the entire exchange is horribly uncomfortable.  Here are the characteristics of a parental sex talk.Fear Source: ImgurThis will begin long before the talk commences. In fact it may even begin before the talkee is born.Mild panicUpon realising what exactly is happening, the talkee will begin to panic.  They will look around the room, taking in the exits, and frantically trying to come up with a reason to leave.Awkwardness Source: ShutterstockThe entire exchange will be shrouded with awkwardness.  The talker will probably attempt to make the odd joke, to try and relax the situation, alas, this is one conversation during which jokes only serve to make the whole thing more awkward.Everyone within hearing distance of this conversation will feel awkward, and that awkwardness will stay with them for days, if not months and years.Unfamiliar languageThis will probably be the first time certain words are uttered by the parties involved in ‘the talk’, and some of the terminology may actually require explanation.Painful, painful explanation.ParaphernaliaNo terrified parent is going into this situation alone, oh no, they need learning tools.  It may be a book from 1972 that was given to them by their parent, or a bunch of bananas and a box of condoms (that actually happened to a member of the team).One thing’s for sure, the talkee will have a souvenir of this precious moment.Denial Source: FlickrThe talkee will almost certainly try to convince the talker that the talk is not at all necessary.Seriously Mam, you don’t have to do this. No, really, you don’t. SERIOUSLY.The talker will try to convince themselves that the talk is not at all necessary and that they’re only doing it just in case the day eventually comes that the talkee requires the information.Eye rollingLots and lots of eye rolling.  It’s likely that the person giving the talk has never felt as uncool as they do in this scenario.Uncomfortable questionscenter_img Do you think you need to go on the pill?This app stops your family bothering you on Facebook>These sexy lyrics from the new Beyoncé album are going to MORTIFY Blue Ivy>last_img read more

What computers see through their 3 billion artificial eyes

first_imgRemember that part in Terminator When you were looking through Ahnold’s eyes, as if you were inside the T-800? That movie was made a long time ago, but that scene might have been more prescient then its creators could have known. It might not come to a shock to you, but computers don’t see like you or I do. They are programmed to recognize something, like movement or a change in brightness, and then, if the programmers wants, they are given parameters by which they can visualize what they “see”. This information is on the computer, but it’s for the benefit of the user — it lets us know what the computer is and is not picking up. The video above is a wonderful, haunting look at how something we’ve designed can make the world we recognize seem so foreign and complex. The Robot Readable World walks through the recording systems of a number of computers, robots, and surveillance systems. Its name is quite accurate as it’s an account of how robots (essentially computers) read what we program and outfit them to be able to read. Whether that’s the density of traffic on a highway, moving objects in a parking lot, the route of a self-driving car, or any number of other things, it’s an amazing look at how robots record data about their surroundings, process that data, and then visualize it so that humans can have a better understanding of the huge amount of numbers they are crunching. That last part really is the key here: the video shows us what the robots see, but these displays are for our own benefit. The computers are more than happy with the 1s and 0s behind the graphics, these representations of the data are simply for the benefit of our clumsy, mammalian brains. The video was made as a response to this article, which is well worth reading, and was assembled using different clips available on YouTube. Some of the devices featured in the video include a vehicle tracking system, a parking lot camera, an IriSyS thermal imaging camera, a demo of iOnRoad, and a few different eye and face tracking programs. Vimeo via Boing Boing[Note: The “3 billions artificial eyes” is a reference to Kevin Kelly’s excellent What Technology Wants, which the Robot-Readable World post quotes.]last_img read more

Free Mobile va résoudre le problème lié aux coupures dappels

first_imgFree Mobile va résoudre le problème lié aux coupures d’appelsFree Mobile s’occupe du problème lié aux coupures d’appels, un phénomène observé particulièrement à Paris et à Lyon lorsque le réseau semble en surcapacité, aux heures de pointe.Free Mobile compte régler le problème lié aux coupures d’appels, intervenant notamment en début de soirée, entre 18h et 20h. L’opérateur compte augmenter ses capacités pour faire face à ce problème lié, vraisemblablement, à la surcharge du réseau.PC Inpact expliquait sur son site : “le réseau a tendance à rejeter d’office l’appel ; il faut alors s’y prendre à de nombreuses reprises avant que la communication passe”. C’est d’ailleurs une gêne qui a été constatée à Paris ou à Lyon plus qu’ailleurs. Un problème qui fait penser aux débuts de Bouygues Telecom. À lire aussiL’étonnant système de communication des bélugas décryptéEn effet, au vu des soucis rencontrés et signalés par de nombreux usagers, l’investissement réalisé par Free Mobile semble donc insuffisant pour l’heure. Mais l’opérateur ne nie nullement l’existence de cette perturbation, à laquelle il semble vouloir remédier au plus vite en renforçant ses capacités. Cependant aucune raison officielle n’est clairement évoquée. Freenews mentionne simplement “un nombre d’abonnés Free Mobile qu’on imagine toujours en augmentation”.Le 18 mars 2012 à 13:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Missing Oregon hunter found dead

first_imgSTAYTON, Ore. (AP) — A Marion County sheriff’s spokesman says a missing hunter has been found dead outside of Stayton, Oregon.Searchers had been looking for 37-year-old Corey Fred.The cause of death is under investigation.The sheriff’s office says Fred sent a text early Saturday morning saying he was going hunting on his property, which is next to forest land.Sgt. Don Parise says Fred’s relatives have been notified.last_img