Why Do You Need to Follow Up?

first_imgYou’ve had a first meeting with your dream client. Now you believe that you need to follow up. This means that one or more of these things is true:One: You didn’t not gain a commitment at the close of the meeting.It is your responsibility in a sales call to set the agenda, ask your client if they need add to your agenda or need something else from you, and to tell them what you believe will follow your meeting, should there be reason to continue some idea or potential opportunity.It is also your responsibility to control the process. You know better than your prospect what they need to to do next, as you sell what you sell to many companies and have greater experience. You are supposed to be leading them down this path. In execution, you have to secure the next meeting at the end of each meeting.The reason you need to follow up is because you didn’t gain the next commitment when you had the chance—and the audience—to do so. Now you are chasing, and as my good friend Jeb Blount says, “Things that get chased tend to run.”Two: You accepted a non-commitment or a soft commitment believing it was a next step.You may have believed that you secured a commitment when you really secured something less. When your prospective client asks you to call them back in two weeks, you have made a commitment. Your client, however, has not made a commitment. By asking you to follow up with them, they have avoided making any commitment at all, including taking your call, answering your email, or scheduling another meeting. Is it a wonder you have to chase?A soft commitment is often no better. Your client tells you that they will call you in two weeks, after they meet with their teams. Even when their intentions are good, the reality is that they are busy, and unless you are a priority, you are not likely to command their attention or their time. The soft commitment that was a call in two weeks doesn’t happen. It’s a soft commitment because it isn’t on your prospect’s calendar, your calendar, or their task list.You accepted a soft commitment instead of something more concrete, more certain, like an appointment.The reason that you need to follow up is because you are not gaining the commitments you need to help your prospect do the things they need to do to explore—and with your help—make the changes that lead to better future results.One of the best indicators as to the likelihood of winning a deal is the fact that you don’t have to follow up. My best advice here can be found in The Lost Art of Closing. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

With a heart for old people, Richardson twins hope to run to golden finish

first_imgThey also don’t put pressure on themselves even though they are expected to bring in honors in the track and field competitions.“Dr. (Philip) Juico (track and field president) told us not to be bothered by pressure, because when we are relaxed, success is on our side,” said Kayla. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “We are very close to them (maternal grandparents), we take care of them as much as we can,” added Kayla.Kyla said the gerontology, a course that deals with the scientific study of old age, the process of aging, and the particular problems of old people, is a growing field and a new major at USC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Plus people will get old eventually, they would need people to help them,” said Kayla.At the moment, Kyla and Kayla said their lives, all 18 years of them, revolve around running. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago “We just love running,” said Kyla who is a minute older than sprints queen Kayla. Kyla is entered in the relay events.They even run to get away from the stress of competition.No wonder the 18-year-olds are the “marked women” in the Southeast Asian Games sprints and relay events, which start on Tuesday.Kayla, the reigning century dash champion and silver winner in 200 meters, said they also enjoy watching TV series like Grey’s Anatomy and Food Network shows, and going to the beach.The Richardsons said they were not bothered by jet lags as they spent five days in Manila to train.ADVERTISEMENT Stage parents: Malditas have someone to watch over them during SEA Games campaign WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sprints twins Kayla and Kyla Richardson. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Richardson twins, Kayla and Kyla, share the same passions: Running, watching TV series and taking care of their grandparents.In fact, both are gerontology sophomores at University of Southern California.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

UST’s Milena Alessandrini suffers knee injury vs FEU

first_imgBucks hold off Lakers for 8th straight win Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end UST held an 18-17 lead in the second set when Alessandrini got hurt.Alessandrini headed into the game as the sixth-best scorer in terms of total points in the league with 47 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was a tough blow for UST and Alessandrini, who missed a chunk of last season due to a right shoulder injury. Milena Alessandrini. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas star sophomore had to be stretchered off the floor after suffering a knee injury in the Golden Tigresses’ match against Far Eastern University Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Alessandrini had an awkward fall that led her to twist her left knee in what is initially deemed as an MCL injury.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashlast_img read more

Biopics won’t go away anytime soon, says Omung Kumar

first_imgLondon, Jul 31 (PTI) He was one of the first directors to make a biopic on a sports star and now Bollywood is flooded with such stories.Director Omung Kumar, who made his debut with a film on boxer Mary Kom’s life, says there is a “mad rush” to make such stories because they do well at the box office.”There is a mad rush because everyone wanted to do it. Who will try it first was the question because if that project becomes successful, then they are like we also have an idea for a biopic.”There are so many unsaid stories that people want to tell. In abroad, this has been going on for centuries. Films on real incidents and true stories as well as biopics have been made there,” Kumar told PTI.The director, who started his journey in cinema as an art director on projects such as “Black” and “Saawariya”, followed his 2014 debut with another biopic on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian man who died in a Pakistani prison while his sister fought to get him released.Kumar believes biographical dramas are here to stay as every filmmaker wants to tell a true story.”It is a newer phenomenon here and there is a flood of such projects in the industry now because everyone wants to be a part of it. Everybody wants to tell a story. It is not going to die anytime soon because this is a new avenue of telling stories,” Kumar said.The filmmaker says like love stories are still relevant in industry, biographical dramas will also continue to thrive.advertisement”We have been watching love stories for centuries now and they haven’t died out. Similar is the case with biopics.”This is new avenue was missing earlier in storytelling. When you get new avenues then even actors are willing to try something different. They want to do realistic acting which you find in biopics,” Kumar said.The director is currently judging reality show “India’s Best Dramebaaz” on Zee TV.PTI RB BK BKlast_img read more

Pranab Bardhan, India’s oldest Asian Games gold medallist, was called a gambler once

first_imgSoon after Amit Panghal won India’s 14th gold medal at the Asian Games 2018 on Saturday, another great news arrived that the sport of bridge had given India their 15th gold medal in Jakarta and Palembang.Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar won the men’s pair event in the bridge competition. While Shibhnath Sarkar is 56 years old, Bardhan, at the age of 60, became India’s oldest gold medallist at the Asian Games.Bardhan and Sarkar finished at the top after scoring 384 points in the finals to give a golden touch to India’s debut bridge campaign at the Asian Games. Along with the gold medal on Saturday, India had earlier won two bronze medals in men’s team and mixed team events.India’s oldest Asian Games gold medallist Bardhan is a business in South Kolkata’s Santoshpur. He is a family man and has a grand daughter too. However, the old man was not exempted from the negative perceptions about the sport of bridge.Bardhan recalled an incident when he was to leave for Montreal to compete in a championship and he had to visit the passport office for renewal.”He (passport officer) asked me, tum jua khelne Canada ja rahe ho (you are going to Canada for gambling). I told him you have not read my file properly. He was an educated man but still did not know, it’s a sport and not gambling. Sensible people would not think like that,” Bardhan said.Bengalis quintessentially love their adda sessions along with a game of carrom or cards. It’s a way of life in those rickety club rooms in the narrow bylanes of Kolkata where people learn their contracts and auction bridge with ease.advertisementREAD – Asian Games 2018: Pranab Bardhan, Shibhnath Sarkar win gold in bridge men’s pairThe old Bengali adage goes like this: “Taash Daba Paasha, Teen Sarbonasha”, whose loose translation will be “Cards, Chess or game of dice can lead to destruction”.No wonder the perception is ingrained in people’s mind that it’s a waste of time but Bardhan would tell you that a game of bridge requires more intellect than chess.”It is a game based on logic. It’s a mind game like chess but more challenging. In chess, you play one against one. Here you are playing with your partner, with whom you can’t speak during the match. You have to understand each other’s move. You have to judge, what I am thinking with my cards,” Bardhan said.”It’s definitely not gambling. Everybody gets the same hand (first set of cards), so no luck is involved. It’s up to you to respond to the situation,” said Bardhan who has been playing with Sarkar as a team for the last 20 years.Bardhan said one must love and respect his cards.”The set that you have in your hand, will not come to you with same combination again. You got to respect what you have. I always say you must love your cards, only then you can develop the game.”Also read – Howrah duo Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar win gold in Asian GamesEven though Bardhan and Sarkar have their respective jobs to take care of Indian men bridge team’s non-playing captain and coach Debasish Ray revealed that the two keep playing bridge all day.”They play bridge online for about 10 hours a day. They know each other for about 20 years now and good friends off the board,” he said.The duo had a solid preparation in the build up to the 18th Asian Games where bridge made its debut.Early this year, the duo won a invitational tournament in Incheon where Asia Pacific countries competed, besides winning a team bronze for India in the Asia Cup in Goa in June ahead of the Asian Games.Nirmal Rajagopalan, the honorary treasurer of the Bridge Federation of India, said the officials were striving hard to dispel the negatives attached with bridge.”We are in touch with people to have bridge introduced at the inter-university games as a sport. We are also seeking a meeting with the All India School Board to have this game introduced at schools. The perception is changing and this medal will help further,” Rajagopalan said.”There are at least 5000 players registered with the federation.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoSevilla make Man Utd defender Bailly number one target

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Sevilla make Man Utd defender Bailly number one targetby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are chasing Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.The Ivory Coast international has struggled to find form and regular game time this season.He was sent off in his most recent appearance at home against Bournemouth.And Marca reports he is wanted by Sevilla.Their boss Pablo Manchin sees him as the man to bolster the team’s back line.Ivan Marcano, Diego Carlos and Fernando Calero are possible backups should United refuse to sell. last_img

Infants Who Enrol in Brain Builder Centres Stand A Better Chance – Education Minister

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says infants who enrol in Brain Builder Centres will stand a better chance at acquiring National School Leaving Certificates and successfully read for their degrees at the tertiary level.He was speaking at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Regional Focal Point Meeting for the Caribbean on Thursday (August 30), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.“Those students [who start with the Brain Builders Programme] would have acquired those [cognitive] skills. They are ready to learn and they [will] read for their degrees, so I am saying it will empower,” Senator Reid said.“By the time the child reaches age three, their whole cognitive construction would have already been far advanced… That is what I have discovered. That is what the experimenters [have] said,” the Minister added.Senator Reid also noted that Brain Builder Centres will help students with identifying skills that they are comfortable with from the basic and primary schools, and be able to choose skill-based courses easily, which are being offered through the Career Advancement Programme (CAP).“My mantra is to work this thing [for] every young person in Jamaica to feel that they can aspire and get to higher education. We are doing some reform in terms of higher education and … they can go to the alternative called the Career Advancement Programme (CAP). We’ll give you [students] a menu. You can do a composite or you can decide if you’re going to focus on the technical side,” he said.The Jamaica Brain Builders Programme was launched at a cost of approximately $540 million by the Ministry, in partnership with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) on July 6.The objective of the programme is to reduce cognitive learning challenges among infants in the country. It is also a framework for action in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, which starts from conception in the womb to age two years.Under this initiative, the ECC is responsible for establishing 126 Brain Builder Centres, with two in each constituency across the island.Meanwhile, the National School Leaving Certificate will commence in September. It will consist of a certificate with data on the performance of students over their five years of secondary education, which will take into consideration their academic achievement, co-curricular participation and behaviour. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says infants who enrol in Brain Builder Centres will stand a better chance at acquiring National School Leaving Certificates and successfully read for their degrees at the tertiary level. He was speaking at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Regional Focal Point Meeting for the Caribbean on Thursday (August 30), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Story Highlights “Those students [who start with the Brain Builders Programme] would have acquired those [cognitive] skills. They are ready to learn and they [will] read for their degrees, so I am saying it will empower,” Senator Reid said.last_img read more

EMGS Extends Charter Contract for ‘Boa Thalassa’

first_imgzoom The charterer EMGS ASA has today declared the second of the originally 3 x 12 months options as per charter party dated 13.10.2006 for SV Boa Thalassa.The vessel is therefore on firm contract up to 15th of December 2015, with another 1 x 12 months option remaining.SV BOA THALASSA, of MT 6007 design, is one of the world’s first custom built vessels for seabed logging operations to detect hydrocarbons beneath the seabed.The ship’s length overall is 80,35 m with a beam of 16,40m. Deadweight is approx. 3000 tonnes.BOA, November 29, 2013last_img

Eniram Launches New Optimization Product for LNG Sector

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom Eniram Limited, the fast-growing Finnish provider of energy management technology and data analytic services to the shipping industry, today announced at Gastech 2014, another advanced fuel-saving product based on the established Eniram vessel platform.Commenting on the announcement, Mr Pyry Åvist, VP Marketing, Eniram, said: “Eniram Vessel Performance Manager (VPM) is a comprehensive energy management tool that will allow users on LNG carriers to analyze and track the total energy efficiency of their vessel in real time. In addition, the system is deeply integrated with other Eniram products to offer actionable guidance to vessel crew“. Mr Åvist continues: ” In order for us to give optimization guidance, we had to develop a method to model the world’s most complex vessels, which now enables us to track & predict critical areas such as boil-off”.“With VPM, a deep and complete understanding of a vessel’s energy management is now possible,“ adds Mr Noël Jelsma, Eniram’s Regional Director Asia-Pacific. “This is a major shift in the industry, yet VPM for LNG is only a first step for Eniram: as today’s gas carriers, with countless complex systems, are among the most advanced pieces of floating engineering in the world. We believe that thanks to our unique data platform, Eniram is the only player right now in the industry who is truly able to make sense of all this.”VPM for LNG in a nutshell:• Collection of the most critical data for LNG operators and owners such as boil-off and reliquification plant efficiency.• Offers the possibility for onshore analyses of one vessel, as well as the possibility to compare the energy management performance on several vessels or on the entire fleet.• Constant performance evaluation. Main dashboard view to offer an easy way for the crew to have a holistic view of the vessel’s energy management.• Normalized Key Performance Indicators. VPM presents a set of normalized KPI for key energy consumers which allow direct comparison and tracking of energy efficiency operation on-board interdependent of operational area, season or cargo loading. These KPIs allow true comparison and tracking of different energy initiatives.• Intuitive graphical interface. The intuitive graphical dashboard shows in a holistic way the main energy producers and consumers in one screen. Users can access the detailed graphical view on one click to further explore the behavior of a specific component and compare it to another component in the vessels energy management system. My location Eniram, March 28, 2014last_img read more

Prevention key to tackling occupational diseases says new UN report

In a statement marking the report’s release issued in time for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, Guy Ryder, warned that occupational diseases have a profound impact on the productivity of companies and the lives of workers and their families. “The ultimate cost of occupational disease is human life. It impoverishes workers and their families and may undermine whole communities when they lose their most productive workers,” he said, adding that the productivity of enterprises ends up reduced while the financial burden on the State increases as the cost of health care rises. According to the report, entitled The Prevention of Occupational Diseases, work-related illnesses kill six times as many people as on-the-job accidents but tend to attract less attention. Out of an estimated 2.34 million annual occupational deaths, the vast majority – approximately 2 million people – are disease related.The report notes that due to technological and social changes, as well as difficult global economic conditions, existing health hazards remain a persistent threat to workers the world over while new health risks have also emerged. In particular, well-documented occupational diseases such as pneumoconioses and asbestos-related illnesses remain widespread. Meanwhile, new diseases such as mental and musculoskeletal disorders are on the rise. “Where social protection is weak or absent, many workers as well as their families, lack the care and support they need,” Mr. Ryder continued. “A fundamental step is to recognize the framework provided by the ILO’s international labour standards for effective preventative action and promoting their ratification and implementation.” Along with the serious impact on personal health, occupational diseases also carry an enormous cost, resulting in an annual four per cent loss in global gross domestic product or an estimated $2.8 trillion, the UN agency reported. “Significantly reducing the incidence of occupational disease is not simple, it may not be easy and it will not happen overnight, but progress is certainly feasible,” Mr. Ryder concluded, as he stressed the need in developing an effective prevention strategy. “Let us, in our respective areas of responsibility, establish a road map and most critically, act and persevere so that, together, we succeed in turning the tide on the epidemic and make good progress on this dimension of decent work.” read more

Shelf warfare frustrated partners load cupboards with food their other half wont

first_imgA partner who feels undervalued may make an unconscious ‘oppositional’ choice to gain control  The volunteers were not necessarily being spiteful, because they were choosing brands for themselves  Those lacking relationship power and induced to feel sad, however, were more likely to pick a brand that suited their partners’ taste.”When people are sad, they tend to be more passive because they are ruminating, so they are not feeling actively oppositional toward their partners,” said Dr Brick.Co-author Dr Gavan Fitzsimons of Duke University said that future research could look into whether couples actually made ‘spiteful’ choices against their partners wishes. In the current study, the participants were only asked to select brands for themselves.“Further research could examine whether there are differences between oppositional and spiteful brain choices.“If someone were to make a truly spiteful choice then one would choose the brain that is opposition to the brad that the partner likes when the partner actually has to consume it.“We found some evidence to suggest that making oppositional brand choices can reduce relationship frustration.”The findings, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, have implications for marketing, say the researchers.”Marketers assume consumers are making conscious, deliberate choices, but actually there are other factors, sometimes even outside of their conscious awareness that are influencing their decisions,” Dr Brick added. The volunteers were not necessarily being spiteful, because they were choosing brands for themselves  A partner who feels undervalued may make an unconscious 'oppositional' choice to gain controlcenter_img Later, she might go out and buy a Diet Pepsi instead of her usual choice, Diet Coke – because she knows her partner prefers the Coca-Cola drink, say the researchers from the University of New Hampshire.”By unconsciously choosing the opposite brand their partner prefers, people might feel better without realising it,” said lead researcher Dr Danielle Brick, assistant professor of marketing at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at New Hampshire.”We found that consumers are using brand choice as a form of behaviour to deal with conflict in relationships.”The pattern was identified in a series of psychological experiments with volunteers.In one study, nearly 300 participants were assessed for ‘relationship power’ – defined as how much control they had in the relationship –  before answering questions about their partners’ preferred brand choices in six categories, including coffee, toothpaste and shoes.They were then tricked by being told they were taking part in a visual acuity task related to letters. In fact, they were subconsciously linking their partners’ names to words that evoked frustration, sadness or neutral emotions.Finally, the volunteers were asked to choose what brands they preferred in the same six categories.Partners who were low in relationship power and had been primed to feel frustrated were more likely to select brands that were the opposite of what their partners preferred – known in marketing as “oppositional brand choices”. A secret power struggle between couples is being played out on the pantry shelves of Britain, according to psychologists.Retail therapy, it seems, is not just being used as a pick-me-up, but also to vent hidden frustrations.So if your partner starts buying an alternative to your favourite brand, then something may be up.Researchers have found that people who feel undervalued or ignored in a relationship are likely to buy a brand that is the opposite to what their partner would choose, in a small unconscious bid for control.As an example, a woman with a poor level of “relationship power” might be annoyed at being left to do the washing up again, but feel unable to speak out in case it sparks a row. 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

Death of the cigarette on the horizon as tobacco giant invests in

first_imgThe revelation in question is a small plastic capsule into which specially-designed tobacco sticks are inserted and heated to 350C allowing… Inside a cavernous marquee filled with politicians and captains of industry, André Calantzopoulos, chief executive of tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) is preparing to unveil the future. “This revelation will change all that we know about smoking,” he announces to the expectant crowd. At the gates of the Papastratos tobacco factory, a bevy of glamorous hostesses dressed in identical black and wielding clipboards usher guests through. A helicopter whirs overhead while G4S security guards line the hill which winds down towards Athens in the distance.last_img

Young girl dies after being thrown from exploding bouncy castle

The play area was cordoned off after the incident The play area was cordoned off after the incidentCredit:ANTONY KELLY/ARCHANT He said: “I’d estimate 20,000 inflatables have been hired out this weekend. This is vanishingly rare. And they’re shipped off to Spain, to Argentina – this wasn’t the heat.”He speculated one of the bed ties – which secure the internal ribbing of the bed of the unit and separate one air chamber from another – might have broken leading to internal chambers opening into one another and causing the structure to rip open or explode.A joint investigation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and Norfolk Police has been launched to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.It comes two weeks after fairground workers William Thurston, 29, and his wife Shelby, 26, were jailed for three years after being found guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of a seven-year-old girl in a bouncy castle in March 2016. Ann Weaver said: “I was sat next to it behind the barrier and I just heard a big bang and I turn around and a little girl in pink flew up and back down. They did CPR on her straight away. She looked a lot younger than four-years-old.”Brandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, tweeted: “Absolutely tragic, thoughts are with family and friends, just so sad.”Bounce About advertises five minutes on the trampoline for £2, with 15 minute sessions on other inflatables available for £3 each.Online the family business advertises rentals of rodeo bulls, bouncy castles, and bumper cars from £250.Their ‘funcity’ inflatables are marketed as being “nothing like your normal bouncy castles”, the smallest measuring 12m by 5.5m.Curt Johnson, owner of Bounce About, said it was the firm’s first major accident. He was not at the scene but said: “My condolences go out to the family after this horrific accident. I don’t know the full story. I believe it was an inflatable trampoline.”He told The Mirror the inflatable exploded “because of the heat”.The Met Office’s observatory in nearby Weybridge recorded 19.2 degrees today at 11am.The owner of an East Anglia inflatables business, who asked not to be named, said Mr Johnson and his wife either supervised children on the inflatables themselves or employed a supervisor. Norfolk Police arrived at the scene within minutesCredit:ANTONY KELLY/ARCHANT He said Bounce About has been operating on Gorleston beach for more than ten seasons, with the castles and slides inflated during the summer, and switched off and stored securely over the winter.”I know the family who look after the park and I know they look after their equipment,” he said, but rubbished the suggestion the incident could be heat-related. Summer Grant died after a gust of wind lifted an improperly secured inflatable from its moorings and sent it cartwheeling 300 metres down a hill in Harlow, Essex, the trial at Chelmsford Crown Court heard. A young girl has died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline which exploded on a beach.Eye-witnesses have described their horror at watching the little girl in a pink dress, believed to be just four years old, thrown 20 feet into the air when the inflatable exploded with a loud bang.The Bounce About play area on Gorleston beach, just south of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, was cordoned off yesterday and a police investigation is now underway.The play area’s owner Curt Johnson, who was not at the scene, said the trampoline had exploded “because of the heat”.Norfolk police were called to the scene at 11.15am, following reports a child had been “thrown from a bouncy castle.” Ambulance crews arrived within four minutes and the child, who was in cardiac arrest, received CPR at the scene.She was taken to James Paget Hospital two miles away but died shortly afterwards. Her family has been informed.Kara Longshaw, an eyewitness, said: “Just seen the most horrific thing in my life. A bouncy castle exploded at the beach and the child on it was catapulted about 20ft into the air. Please say a prayer for the four year old being rushed to hospital after 15 minutes of CPR.” Karen Sell said: “I heard the most enormous bang and straight away turned round. I spoke to someone who described how the girl was just thrown about 20ft into the air and landed on the floor. The bouncy castle was like a trampoline so you could jump a lot higher on it than a normal one. Norfolk Police arrived at the scene within minutes 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

Bill Cosby to host town hall meetings after sexual assault mistrial

first_img BILL COSBY IS planning to hold a series of “town hall” meetings to talk to young people about his experiences with the US courts, his spokesman said, less than a week after his sex assault trial ended with a hung jury.“We are still in the planning stages… we are looking at the cities where we could make this happen. We don’t have a date yet,” the spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told AFP after outlining the plans on a local television show in Alabama.Wyatt said Cosby’s camp had received hundreds of calls from people who wanted to hear the comedian talk to young men about the US court system.“They need to be aware that these things can happen to them, if they can happen to Bill Cosby,” he said.“This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they are facing when they are hanging out and partying,” Wyatt told WBRC’s Good Day Alabama program.Last Saturday, a judge in Pennsylvania declared a mistrial in the case that saw Cosby, who turns 80 in July, accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004, after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict after days of deliberations.One juror, who was not identified, told ABC that there were two holdouts on the 12-member panel who “were not moving, no matter what.”Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning actor in recent years of being a serial sexual predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years across the United States.But the allegations made by Andrea Constand were the only criminal case brought against him as most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute.Her case was initially settled by a civil suit but re-opened in 2015, when Pennsylvania prosecutors claimed that new evidence had come to light.Prosecutors have pledged to retry the case. The judge has said he hopes that would begin within four months.© – AFP 2017Read: America says North Korea has tested an engine that could be fitted to a ballistic missile Friday 23 Jun 2017, 8:18 AM 29 Comments By AFP Jun 23rd 2017, 8:18 AM Share7 Tweet Email1 Bill Cosby to host ‘town hall’ meetings after sexual assault mistrial “They need to be aware that these things can happen to them, if they can happen to Bill Cosby.” 14,563 Views Image: Matt Rourke Image: Matt Rourke Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Dont Call it a Comeback Mad Catz Returns With a New Line

first_img In March of 2017, gaming peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz went belly up after operating for nearly 30 years. It seems this cat has several lives as it has risen from the grave. How fortuitous that the annual Consumer Electronics Show is happening for the newly Christened Mad Catz Global Limited to show off its wares to the public.Mad Catz was saved from oblivion by a Chinese holding company. What’s interesting about this situation is that the company in question is comprised of former Mad Catz employees. This is good for the company because those in charge know what will (and won’t) work in order to become successful. We’re even treated to a trailer heralding the return. Very nice!Alex Verrey, PR representative for Mad Catz, said: “It’s not like people are just using the Mad Catz name to push out a new and unrelated range of products. The new guys understand the products because they were the ones who made them.”Mad Catz is well-known among gamers for its line of fight sticks and Rock Band peripherals (the latter of which ultimately doomed them). It also produced a number of PC gaming peripherals, and this is what the new company is starting off with. The company’s website now lists a number of products. These include eight mice, two keyboards, two headsets and some mousepads. Mad Catz is also bringing back the Rat Pro mouse (now called the Rat Pro X3) and is making a set of earbuds with a boom mic. Despite so many new products, Verrey emphasizes the new Mad Catz is putting quality over quantity. I suppose this means we won’t see any $300 transforming gamepads anytime soon.Mad Catz has a long history in gaming so it’s nice to see them back in some form. Personally, I want to see the company release new fight sticks and fight pads. I’m sure this is just the start so we’ll report more Mad Catz news as it drops.For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag. Stay on target Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesThe Best Robots of CES 2018 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Watch These Movies Before The Lion King

first_imgStay on target This year we’ve already had to suffer through pointless live-action remakes of animated Disney classics like Dumbo and The Lion King. But with The Lion King, the mouse has saved the best for last. At least, the original Lion King is the best as far as these movies go. This remake however seems even more dicey because in this case “live-action” means an entire film of CGI animals so photorealistic they can’t even get across the emotions of their super celebrity voice actors. Oh well, at least that live-action Mulan looks pretty sick.Watch these movies before The Lion King. ‘Star Wars’ Grenade-Shaped Coke Bottles Banned From FlightsDisney Remasters Classic ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King̵… center_img The Jungle BookEven though The Jungle Book made nearly a billion dollars in its own right, Jon Favreau’s first “live-action” Disney remake always felt like a test-run for The Lion King. Having a single real human, the jungle child Mowgli, makes the cavalcade of photorealistic animals slightly easier to accept. Plus they got Bill Murray to play Baloo and that’s fun.HomecomingLet’s be real, a major reason why lots of folks are excited for The Lion King is because they cast the one and only Beyoncé as the voice of adult Nala. And if you want to see the magic that can happen when Beyonce’s in front of a camera, watch Homecoming, her stunning work of art of a concert film. On Netflix you’ll not only get a tour of her music career as filtered through her legendary Coachella performance but also the music soundscapes of historically Black colleges and universities, plus behind the scenes footage of how it was all pulled off.Solo: A Star Wars StoryRegardless of how the movie turns out, Donald Glover as adult Simba is pretty stellar casting. And if you want to see Donald Glover well-cast in a Disney that also probably doesn’t need to exist, go back and check out his campy cool performance as young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Or did you already forget about that movie?DreamgirlsWe already know Beyoncé can sing. But can she act? At least in a musical where she basically plays herself and also gets to do a lot of singing? See for yourself in Dreamgirls, the movie adaptation of the Broadway hit. Like with Homecoming, you’ll also get an education in Black musical art as the story is a barely fictional retelling of the story of record label Motown.Kimba the White LionNot to sound like a weeb, but you should really read the manga before you watch the anime. Kimba the White Lion’s tale of the cute little jungle cat comes from Osamu Tezuka, the legendary creator of Astro Boy and “the god of manga.” Coming up in the 1950s, Tezuka’s art style was greatly influenced by Walt Disney. That’s why many find it disappointing that Disney allegedly ripped off Kimba (Jungle Emperor Leo) with The Lion King instead of working directly with Tezuka when they had the chance.Cadillac RecordsWe basically put every Beyoncé movie on this list, okay. While she’s sort of playing Diana Ross in Dreamgirls, in Cadillac Records Beyoncé is just straight up playing Etta James. A bunch of other celebrities play musical icons too like Mos Def as Chuck Berry, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, and Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon. And then they all get ripped off by Elvis.The Adventures of Milo and OtisI’ve complained a lot about the weird choice to render all the animals with uncanny photorealistic CGI in the new Lion King. But if they wanted the movie to look real what choice did they have? Use actual lions? If you want to see how that might have turned out, go watch The Adventures of Milo and Otis where people narrate over footage of real animals “acting” out the story. But considering the animal cruelty allegedly required to make this happen, maybe CGI isn’t so bad.last_img read more

Obesity talks will feature at upcoming CARPHA Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppObesity is the big health problem in the Turks and Caicos according to the Premier at a recent interview with Magnetic Media on World Health Day and now this position is supported by remarks from the Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales.  During the media conference to announce the first time the Turks and Caicos will host the CARPHA Health and Research Conference  this coming June, Dr.  Hospedales said a study on obesity, especially among children here, will fuel policies for these islands and other Caribbean countries.  Recommended for you TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Related Items:eating, food, health, healthy, obesity, Tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse PAHO: 2.6 million undernourished in the region, still obesity up “The focus of the food environment, the policy package for discussion, how feasible is it, how can we actually do this. Monitoring nutritional labeling, reducing the level of salt, and fat, and sugar; reducing the advertising of junk food to children.  How do we cross subsidize fruits and vegetables are among the things to be discussed.  What are the trade adjustments we can make to have healthier food imported in the country.  So this is highly relevant not just in the TCI but in the broader Caribbean.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Withers goes green with benefits portal

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Withers has enhanced its benefits portal to communicate annual salary increases and bonus payment updates to its UK employees, moving away from paper communications in line with its commitment to conducting business in a sustainable manner.The portal, provided by Staffcare, offers bespoke employee views that show compensation, including individual annual bonus information and how the bonus is calculated.The new compensation information communication process started in October and is being used as an opportunity to reinforce employee options for the Withers’ flexible benefits window, which opens in January 2016.Through the portal, employees can view their annual compensation information and their total reward statement, access a range of lifestyle discounts, manage their pension scheme, select flexible benefits from the choices available to them and read information about the benefits available, including associated links and forms.The international law firm also highlights its corporate social responsibility programme through the portal, by making it a prominent part of the carousel on the flexible benefits home page.Flu jabs, childcare vouchers, eyecare vouchers, an employee assistance programme (EAP), gym membership, dental cover, and season ticket loans are among the comprehensive range of benefits within Withers’ benefits portal. New benefits are introduced on a regular basis following employee consultation.The benefits portal, ‘With… your benefit in mind’, was first launched in 2012, and has since been refreshed to give it a new look and feel.Since launching ‘With… your benefit in mind’, Withers has boosted pensions take-up by 85%.Withers uses a range of communication techniques to ensure that employees understand and engage with the benefits programme and portal. This includes benefit road-shows, presentations, benefit brochures, internal TV screens, emails, promoting ‘benefit of the month’ in its onsite café and refreshment areas, and holding one-to-one discussions when requested.Sharon Tebb, compensation and benefits manager at Withers, said: “As well as supporting our green credentials this new way of delivering compensation information should act as an effective engagement tool with personalised communication and give employees another reason to look at their benefits portal and see the benefits on offer to them.“Our benefits portal allows us to bring our extensive range of benefits into one place and tailor communications.”last_img read more