Be Curious

first_imgThe exceptionally smart people I know are also exceptionally curious. They are always hunting for and exploring new ideas.One of the first questions the curious will ask you is what you are reading. See my friend Jack Malcolm, and I dare you try to keep up with his voracious inhaling of books. The curious ask about what’s on your nightstand because they want to find out if you’ve discovered something they might also want to explore. They’re looking for new paths and new ideas.When you run into the curious after a conference, they’ll ask you what you learned, what it meant, and how you plan to use your newfound ideas. See my friend Gerhard Gschwandtner, he just asked me about the conference where I just spoke and traded me two stories about what he learned at Dreamforce. Both of us ended up discovering more about what it means to be human.Curious people also try to make sense of what they discover. Because they are always exploring new ideas, they have the ability to connect the dots, following one idea as it intersects or collides with another. They try to make sense of the world around them, and by doing so, they help other people make sense of things too.Being curious will benefit you and your clients. Being well read and exposing yourself to new ideas makes you more interesting. It also helps to make you more resourceful by giving you reference points, stories, and examples of how other people solved problems. Your curiosity also helps to improve your business acumen, if you step onto the trail and explore business ideas—no matter how weird or how different they are from your business or your client’s businesses.Satisfaction Brings You BackPick up a book about something outside of what you might normally read, but make sure it’s interesting. Find one reference within that book to something that sounds interesting and jump on that trail.Watch a documentary about anything at all (except something that you would normally watch). Write down three observations or three lessons that struck you. What are the implications of what you learned?Go to an event that you normally wouldn’t attend. (I just saw the band McFly at a conference, something I wouldn’t have done under any circumstances. They were great and I learned something about performing).I’m curious to know what’s got your attention right now? 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

Hungry for content more than money: Sidharth Malhotra

first_imgMumbai, Nov 5 (PTI) In his six-year long career, Sidharth Malhotra has featured in a romantic comedy, a thriller, a sports drama and a murder mystery and the actor says his choice of films clearly shows his greed for good content.The actor says he always wanted to explore new things in his career and is happy with the way his journey in films has turned out be.In an interview with PTI, Sidharth says, “This is the period where I am hungry for content more than the money aspect of what I would get from a film.”If your filmography is interesting and has enough variations and you are not trying to sell something typical, whether it does well or not is secondary, what matters is exploring new things.”The 32-year-old actor insists earning good money was never his aim.”I have never done films for money, brands of course (is for money). I have never buckled with a producer or director for a film. I did films because I wanted to be part of a film.”I have never made an issue of what I get paid as an actor. For me it depends on the budget of the film, you want to be more sensitive as well to the producer, it is a business after all,” he says.Sidharths latest release “Ittefaq” may have got mixed reviews, but the actor says he was aware that the film was not the one to make it to the 100 crore club.advertisement”Ittefaq” which is a remake of 1969 movie of the same name, is the story of an acclaimed writer (essayed by Sidharth) and a young homemaker (played by Sonakshi Sinha), who become the prime suspects in a double murder case.And police officer Dev (played by Akshaye Khanna) must figure out whos telling the truth when both offer conflicting stories about the events of that fateful night.The film did a business of Rs 4.05 crore on day one.”It is not a film where you look at the numbers (box office collection), I know it is unavoidable. The film was made on a tight budget, we have other revenues of recovery like satellite rights or digital rights. So the box office profit will be done by the weekend.”It is not a film to boast money wise, as the numbers are not going to be (high). The film is all about these three characters and their performances,” says Sidharth.The actor says, he was first offered the film sometime in 2014 and feels glad that the movie came back to him.”I was offered this film after Hasee Toh Phasee. If you look at zone wise it was similar (referring to thriller, murder mystery space). I was committed to Ek Villain and I felt it made no sense to do two back-to-back films in the same space. I was like will do it afterwards.”Luckily, nothing happened in between and then they (director Abhay Chopra and producer Juno Chopra) came to me. I think the film was meant for me as they did not cast anyone for two and half to three years.”One of the main reason for Sidharth to do “Ittefaq” was his love for his character ? Vikram Sethi.”It is not typical, he is an unpredictable person who gives you a high in the climax. This character has so much to hide and show at the same time. I found it interesting to play this part,” he says. PTI KKP JUR NRB SHDlast_img read more

Greek Ex-soccer Chief Charged over Use of UEFA Donation

first_imgATHENS (AP) — A Greek prosecutor has brought criminal charges against the former head of the country’s soccer federation for alleged breach of duty over the handling of a UEFA donation in 2008.Court officials said on Monday the charges are connected with one million Swiss Francs ($1 million) earmarked for rebuilding soccer facilities damaged by forest fires that ravaged parts of southern and central Greece in 2007, killing more than 70.According to the charges, former federation chief Vasilis Gagatsis — now CEO of Greece’s top soccer league — instead used the funds for a bonus payment to the national squad’s German former coach, Otto Rehhagel.Gagatsis had no immediate comment.Rehhagel was the architect of Greece’s unexpected 2004 European Championship victory. He is not being investigated for any wrongdoing.—FANIS KARABATSAKIS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

National Breastfeeding Week from September 15 to 21

first_img It is important for mothers to breastfeed within the first hour of life and gain skin-to-skin contact Jamaica will mark National Breastfeeding Week from September 15 to 21 under the theme:‘Support Breastfeeding: Working Closely with Mothers’.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank held on September 12 at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Director of Nutrition Services at the Ministry of Health (MOH), Sharmaine Edwards, noted that the week will highlight the importance of breastfeeding in the development of Jamaica’s children.She said the occasion will be used to encourage family members, community persons, and workplaces to be supportive of mothers as they endeavour to exclusively breastfeed.Manager of Dietetic Services at the Ministry, Deon Bent, who was also at the Think Tank, noted that “appropriate feeding in the early years is important to reduce illnesses in infancy and also death.”She said it is important for mothers to breastfeed within the first hour of life and gain skin-to-skin contact. “This is a very important process and the benefits are tremendous… as it calms the baby and it regulates the baby’s heartbeat,” she stated.Ms. Bent noted that it is in recognition of the benefits of breastfeeding that the Government of Jamaica adopted the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) to provide adequate public education about baby-friendly best practices.To herald the start of the observance, a national service of thanksgiving will be held at the Hopewell Christian Deliverance Centre located in Old Beach Road in Hopewell, Hanover. The service will get underway at 9:00 a.m.The national launch will be held on Monday, September 16, at the Sean Lavery Hall in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland at 10:00 a.m.A sensitisation session will be held on Wednesday, September 18, at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, to provide information and updates on the National Infant and Young Child Feeding policy, which stipulates the principles governing proper nutrition for children. The session will begin at 9:30 a.m.Other activities will be held in the four health regions to enlighten mothers about the importance of breastfeeding and to encourage community members to support lactating mothers.For more information, interested persons can contact the Ministry of Health at 1876-967-1100 or 1876-922-6266. Story Highlights The week will highlight the importance of breastfeeding in the development of Jamaica’s children Appropriate feeding in the early years is important to reduce illnesses in infancy and also deathlast_img read more

Millard claimed he bought incinerator for pet cremation biz uncle says story

first_imgTORONTO – A man accused of murdering a young Toronto woman and burning her remains in a massive animal incinerator had been telling people in the weeks before her disappearance that he was buying the large piece of equipment to start a mobile pet cremation business with his uncle, a court heard Thursday.But that uncle, veterinarian Robert Burns, emphatically told jurors at Dellen Millard’s trial that his nephew never asked him to launch such a business, calling the idea “absurd.”“It is horrible,” Burns said. “Can you imagine driving up to a strip mall, carting out cadavers and lighting up the incinerator with embers flying out right there in the parking lot? Then driving down main street to the next clinic?”Millard, 32, and his co-accused Mark Smich, 30, are accused of killing Laura Babcock in 2012. They have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.The Crown alleges the pair killed the 23-year-old because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend. Millard, who is representing himself, has said, however, that he didn’t care about the animosity between the two women.Prosecutors allege Millard and Smich burned Babcock’s body in an animal incinerator — named The Eliminator — several weeks after she disappeared in early July 2012. Babcock’s body has not been found.A forensic anthropologist has testified that a photograph of the incinerator’s interior shows objects that look like human bones. The incinerator — which court has heard was capable of cremating a 225-kilogram animal — was found on Millard’s farm in Waterloo, Ont.Millard’s uncle said he heard of the purported mobile pet cremation business through a mutual acquaintance in the summer of 2012.“At the time he told me Millard had bought a monstrous animal incinerator and told me I was going into business with Millard,” Burns testified. “It was the most absurd thing I ever heard of.”Burns said he’d never go into that line of business with Millard as the two stopped talking regularly sometime in 2002.They did speak twice in 2012 after Burns heard talk of the pet cremation venture, with Burns “laying in wait” for his nephew to bring up the business, but the subject wasn’t raised, he said.“Just the useless drivel that came from his mouth, but never about the incinerator,” Burns said when questioned by a Crown lawyer, adding that he didn’t want to be the one to raise the issue.Burns’ animosity toward his nephew burst forth on several occasions when being cross-examined by Millard, leading to several cautions from the judge presiding over the case.After several back-and-forth questions about whether Burns had visited Millard’s home to treat his father’s cats, Burns lost his temper.“I have to be very clear that this tragic and diabolical affair, I have one role in it,” Burns said, his voice rising as he stared at his nephew.The outburst prompted an intervention from the judge.“The personal commentary is completely forbidden, you must stop that,” Justice Michael Code said to Burns.Court also repeatedly heard Millard call the relationship with his uncle “distant.”“Robbie, we already outlined our relationship is distant, that’s clear right now in the courtroom, would you agree with that?” Millard asked at one point.Burns took a long pause, a deep breath and looked around the courtroom before returning his gaze to his nephew.“That would be an understatement,” he said.last_img read more

Enbridge hearing cancelled

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 After three days of public hearings in Toronto, the final day of hearings on Enbridge’s proposal to reverse the flow of Line 9 was cancelled today due to security concerns.The pipeline runs between southern Ontario and Montreal, and the postponement comes amid a large rally against the project in Toronto this afternoon.Kelda Yuen was there and filed this report.

Enbridge Gas files lawsuit against New Brunswick seeking at least 650 million

by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2012 4:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Enbridge Gas files lawsuit against New Brunswick seeking at least $650 million FREDERICTON – Enbridge Gas New Brunswick has launched a lawsuit against the provincial government seeking at least $650 million, alleging it has breached conditions of an agreement and in so doing, has harmed the company’s bottom line.In a statement of claim filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench last Thursday, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick alleges the government is not abiding by the terms of a general franchise agreement signed in 1999.The agreement said Enbridge would be the only natural gas distributor in the province until 2020 and allowed the company to recover costs to build a pipeline system.The statement of claim says the government failed to create a regulatory regime that would ensure that elements of the agreement would not be changed by the province’s Energy and Utilities Board and without the prior consent of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick.“There are commitments that we saw within the agreement that weren’t being lived up to by the province, and we believe that because of those breaches it put the value of our assets and our future revenues at risk,” Dave Charleson, general manager of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, said in an interview Monday.“There are breaches within the agreement and those are breaches that continue today. That’s why we’ve moved forward with legal action.”One example cited by the company is an original return on equity of 13 per cent that the Energy and Utilities Board has since set at 10.9 per cent.The suit seeks $569 million in special damages for the fair market value of assets, and $81 million in special damages for loss of earnings. It also seeks general damages for breach of contract, legal costs and interest.None of the allegations has been proven in court and the government has not filed a statement of defence.An Energy Department spokesman said the government won’t comment while the matter is before the courts.Charleson said the lawsuit is not in connection with legislation passed in December that will allow other companies to ship natural gas to the northern half of the province.“Bill 18 contains clauses where they can’t be sued related to that, so these are other issues related to the general franchise agreement and we believe the province has been in breach of that agreement,” Charleson said.After that legislation was passed in December, Bud Bird — a director of Calgary-based parent company Enbridge (TSX:ENB) — said it was “the most oppressive legislation in the history of New Brunswick.”The government defended the legislation, saying it would lower distribution rates and provide greater incentives for customers to join the system.Enbridge’s pipeline network in New Brunswick has a capacity for 30,000 homes and businesses, but so far there are only 11,000 customers.The company says it has spent hundreds of million of dollars on that system and installed more than 800 kilometres of pipeline. read more

Striking Chronicle Herald workers mark oneyear anniversary of labour dispute

HALIFAX – The union representing striking workers at the Halifax Chronicle Herald are holding rallies throughout Nova Scotia Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of the labour dispute.The Halifax Typographical Union, which went on strike last Jan. 23, is holding pickets and rallies in various locations.Sixty-one newsroom staff walked off the job over a contract that included wage rollbacks and other cuts.The company announced last week that an unfair labour practice complaint against it was adjourned and would be heard by the Nova Scotia Labour Board on Feb. 8.The union said they are seeking to renew negotiations after lawyers from both sides met for informal discussions.Ian Scott, the Herald’s chief operating officer, said the company and the union last met for conciliation on Nov. 4. Striking Chronicle Herald workers mark one-year anniversary of labour dispute A sign for the Halifax Chronicle Herald is seen as members of the newsroom union picket outside the newspaper’s office after walking off the job in Halifax on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The union representing striking workers at the Halifax Chronicle Herald are holding rallies throughout Nova Scotia Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of the labour dispute. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 9:52 am MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Return of MLBs Youth

In 2013, about 28 percent of all Wins Above Replacement were created by the under-25 set. That was the ninth-largest share for any season since 1976. Output from youngsters has been on the upswing since the mid-to-late 1990s, when the percentage of WAR from young players hit its nadir. That nadir happened to occur at the height of baseball’s so-called steroid era.Further research is needed on the subject, but recent work on aging curves in the post-PED (performance enhancing drug) period suggests that today’s players are better earlier in their careers, and then decline much sooner and more sharply.Given that, it’s no surprise to see the game’s fresh faces producing a larger share of wins. A few years ago, Bill James — baseball writer and pagan god of sabermetrics — was asked whether baseball was in the midst of a golden age of great young stars. James created a “young talent inventory” (pay-walled), a somewhat elaborate methodology to measure whether runs were being created or saved by players aged 25 or younger.I’m not going to delve into so intricate a technique. But I like the 25-or-under cut-off (as do other prospect-watchers), so I decided to add up the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) produced by players in that age range for every season going back to 1976, the dawn of the free-agency/arbitration era. (Before then, player movement was far more restricted than it is now.)What proportion of total WAR in all of Major League Baseball has been generated by young players? read more

Grand Theft Auto IV without friction becomes Carmageddon

first_imgWith graphics having reached a degree of realism that advancement is subtle and no one’s really clamoring for photo-realism anymore, ultra-realistic physics engines have become the next holy grail of gaming. Not that that’s really a new thing, necessarily: developers have been struggling to come up with working physics simulations since Looking Glass Games’ classic titles, System Shock and Ultima Underworld, and way back in the late 90s, devs were pimping their supposedly realistic physics models in the press for games as execrable as Jurassic Park: Trespasser. It’s kind of funny, then, to see this incredible video making the rounds, in which Rockstar Games‘s Grand Theft Auto IV is played with one major physics element turned off: namely, the friction between the wheels of a car and the road.The result? The most insanely fun, cartoon-style freneticism Grand Theft Auto IV has ever seen. I only got halfway through GTAIV, so it’s ironic to me that for all the care that Rockstar put into the game to make it as detailed and realistic as possible, the simple flipping of a physics switch to the off position immediately makes the game a thousand times more fun.last_img read more

Brush fire burns along state Highway 14

first_imgOne lane was blocked and traffic slowed for about two hours after grass and brush alongside state Highway 14 near Lieser Road caught fire Wednesday afternoon.The fire burned on the hillside below homes and north of the the roadway, west of Lieser Road. The fire started around 2:45 p.m., according to emergency dispatch logs.One lane was blocked as firefighters responded, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, as was the ramp to the highway from Lieser Road.The fire burned close to homes along the highway, and a man was in a back yard spraying down flames with a garden hose.There was also a crash nearby, in the eastbound lanes, that blocked a lane for a time.WSDOT said the road was cleared by 4:45 p.m.last_img

Sweden – England lineups announced

first_imgThe lineups for the Sweden – England World Cup 2018 quarter-final fixture have been announced.There are no surprises on either side. Both coaches are going with tested lineups and tactics.Sweden starting lineup vs. EnglandGoalkeeper – Robin Olsen Defenders – Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist, Victor Lindelof and Emil Krafth Midfielders – Sebastian Larsson, Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal and Emil Forsberg Forwards – Ola Toivonen and Marcus BergJanne Andersson is without his starting right back Mikael Lustig, who is suspended. Emil Krafth takes his spot. Viktor Claesson and Albin Ekdal are in danger of missing a potential semi-final in case of another booking today.England starting lineup vs. SwedenGoalkeeper – Jordan Pickford Defenders – Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Ashley Young Midfielders – Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling Forward – Harry KaneGareth Southgate’s starting lineup is exactly the same one which started the game against Colombia. Kyle Walker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Henderson and Jesse Lingard go into the game on one booking and will be suspended for the semi-final if they are to receive yellow cards today.last_img read more

Vancouver Bicycle Club raises safety concerns

first_imgGlenn Teague admits that he probably made a cyclist’s mistake — one that could have cost him dearly.As he rode his bicycle near Vancouver Lake in June, he passed another rider as he approached a curve. It was a warm June day, and Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park was alive with activity. Teague and others were riding along Lower River Road, participating in the Vancouver Bicycle Club’s time trials, a test of how fast cyclists can ride a set distance.Traffic was heavier than usual, as it had been two weeks earlier when participants of the time trials witnessed a T-bone crash that resulted in a car spinning out of control in front of them. It spun in the opposite direction; otherwise, they would have been hit.Teague assumed he had plenty of room to navigate the move. It was a no-passing zone for vehicles, and the motorist coming toward the cyclists was keeping to his lane. But without warning, a second vehicle swooped into Teague’s lane to pass the first. As the other cyclist waved toward Teague — a warning — he looked up and saw the vehicle bearing down. The driver revved the engine.He had no place to go as the car zoomed by within inches of hitting Teague and the other cyclist, who was now behind him.last_img read more

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have called off their relationship Heres looking

first_imgKatie Holmes and Jamie Foxx at the 2019 Met GalaTwitterJamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have called off their six-year-long relationship. In fact, a source has confirmed on the same that they apparently separated back in May! What further validates the split is the fact that Foxx was seen stepping out of a pub with singer Sela Vave. Shocking reports of Foxx holding hands with the up-and-coming singer Sela Vave as they left a nightclub got the tongues wagging. Soon after that, it was confirmed that Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes had split.As per a report on TMZ, Vave is Foxx’s new talent as he is a record producer apart from being an actor and singer. The two attended Lil Pump’s 19th birthday party at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood. Meanwhile, Holmes was chilling in the Big Apple, keeping herself as far away from Foxx and Hollywood. On the same, a source did add, “She’s just a girl he’s helping out, a young singer.” However, the fact that the otherwise fiercely private actor didn’t mind holding hands of his up-and-coming talent, did make everyone wonder if there is something more brewing here.Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx first made headlines back in 2013. It was reported by In Touch magazine that Holmes and Foxx were taking their friendship to the next level. Although the actor instantly shut down rumours by stating that there is nothing cooking here. He told Entertainment Tonight, “[The rumours] are one hundred per cent not true. n fact, it’s quite hilarious because we simply danced at a charity event along with a lot of other people.” However, over the years that followed, romance rumours continued to take over Hollywood as the couple was often sighted holding hands and spending time together.Another picture of the couple holding hands while going through some work stuff at a recording studio further reignited all the rumours of them being together. This happened in 2015. Next, they were once again spotted spending Valentine’s Day together in 2017 by engaging in some sporty activities. Pictures of them from the pre-Grammys gala in January 2018 amplified all the rumours as they were seated together, with eyes only for each other. Be it in Miami or New York City or Los Angeles, Jamie and Katie’s whirlwind but private romance continued to make everyone believe that they were going super strong. Last December, as Katie celebrated her 40th birthday, Jamie was by her side as they enjoyed a good time at Serendipity in NYC. Even Katie’s mother Kathleen Slothers-Holmes was at the intimate birthday celebration. Katie Holmes and Jamie FoxxTwitterThe former couple were even spotted kissing in a Malibu beach back in 2018. Their relationship took a new level as they were holding hands and taking a midnight stroll in LA along with Foxx’s daughter Corinne Foxx. Lastly, they were spotted being in pretty good shape as they arrived for the 2019 Met Gala together.last_img read more

New Director Discusses Ways to Increase Employment in Baltimore

first_imgNew director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development Jason Perkins-Cohen. (Courtesy Photo)Connecting city residents to jobs is the straightforward mission of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and that means cultivating various paths to the skills needed for sustainable employment, says its new director, Jason Perkins-Cohen.Perkins-Cohen took over the office earlier this month, having previously served as the executive director for the Job Opportunities Task Force, a workforce development advocacy organization.“What we generally want to do is to get our residents prepared, and help them to obtain as many credentials as possible so that they have the skills that they need and the qualification they need to get a whole host of opportunities,” said Perkins-Cohen in an interview with the AFRO.The idea that we can improve workforce participation by ensuring residents have skills related to openings in a particular field or industry is something of a false promise, says the director, since no one industry has enough jobs for everyone that needs one. This is why it is important to make sure our residents are able to obtain skills and credentials that open up various opportunities, not simply ones related to jobs du jour.“When you’re talking about a city like Baltimore, the most obvious place to start is to make sure that as many people have a high school diploma or a GED [as possible], and then once they have that, then there’s either occupational credentials . . . or you help them advance to postsecondary education . . . where they’re focused on specific jobs or career pathways. It has to be about career pathways,” said Perkins-Cohen.And focusing our job preparedness efforts on career pathways means not relying solely on the promise of four-year college degrees to deliver middle-class or better employment.“College is a great avenue for lots of people and we don’t want to discourage people from obtaining an advanced degree, but there are an awful lot of jobs out there where four years of college is not a requirement, and some of these jobs provide a really strong wage and residents can move into those career pathways relatively quickly without having to take four years or the cost that they would incur (for a four year degree),” said Perkins-Cohen.Many people need a job now, and many employers also need workers now. Increasingly, says Perkins-Cohen, employers are coming to the realization that four year degrees do not always endow people with the specialized skills related to their employment needs, and so alternative paths to skill and job development must be cultivated.“That’s why apprenticeship models and the interest in apprenticeships has really taken off (nationally) in the last couple of years, because employers obviously want a skilled workforce and four years of college provide a well-rounded education, but not always the skills that employers are looking for. And so the apprenticeship model has become—where it was thought of in more of a hands-on sector, previously, and it still is, but now it’s being expanded to sectors like healthcare where apprenticeship wasn’t discussed as much until more recently,” said Perkins-Cohen.The working while learning model embodied by apprenticeships is a faster route to skill development for certain kinds of jobs, says Perkins-Cohen, which helps residents enter careers sooner as well as providing employers with the skilled workers they need in less time.And because connecting residents to efficient career pathways is the basic mission of the Office of Employment Development, Perkins-Cohen also emphasizes the importance of connecting youth to early employment opportunities through the city’s Hire 1 Youth initiative, part of the city’s broader youth employment programming under the banner of Youth Works. Last summer, the city’s efforts led to around 5,000 youths obtaining jobs, an accomplishment Perkins-Cohen wants to see repeated this year.“It is absolutely critical that we create these pathways, and create these opportunities for our youth. . . . [Summer employment] does three things that are incredibly important. One is it provides an income for six weeks in the summer, which is important, but it also teaches the value of work, and it creates an understanding, and an opportunity for a lot of young people to get their foot in the door for a career.”While 5,000 youth jobs is certainly something to be proud of, the city has 14,000 young people in need of employment, and Perkins-Cohen wants to impress upon employers the impact hiring a young person can have by helping to set them on an actual career pathway.“We’ve got 14,000 kids that want to work, which is tremendous, and now we have to come through with the opportunities.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Archaeologist sees Bosnia stone sphere as the most massive in Europe

first_imgCredit: Sam Osmanagich An archaeologist is looking at a rock with great interest, a sphere unearthed in a forest, believed to be part of ancient civilization. Or is it just a very big rock? © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Archaeologist sees Bosnia stone sphere as the most massive in Europe (2016, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-archaeologist-bosnia-stone-sphere-massive.htmlcenter_img Prehistoric rock art engraving discovered in Brecon Beacons A stone ball in Podubravlje village near Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina was seen earlier this month, in the ground, in a forest.What can it tell us? Archaeologist Sam Osmanagich, who called his Bosnian stone ball the most massive in Europe, has some interesting answers.”I’ve been researching prehistoric stone ball phenomenon for 15 years,” he blogged last month.”By the mid of March 2016, it became obvious that the most massive stone ball in Europe has been discovered. Name of the location is village Podubravlje.”He said actually less than half of the ball is uncovered. “Preliminary results show the radius to be between 1.2 – 1.5 meters. Materials have not been analyzed yet. However, brown and red color of the ball point to very high content of the iron. So, the density has to be very high, close to the iron which is 7,8 kg/m3. If we take value of only 5 kg/c.c. we have all the elements for the preliminary calculation of the mass. Mass comes to be over 30 tons!”Why does he view this discovery as significant? “First, it would be another proof that Southern Europe, Balkan and Bosnia in particular, were home for advanced civilizations from distant past and we have no written records about them. Secondly, they had high technology, different than ours. Finally, they knew the power of geometrical shapes, because the sphere is one of the most powerful shapes along with pyramidal and conical shapes. No wonder, that pyramids and tumulus phenomena can also be found in Bosnia.”News.com.au said Osmanagich had examined granite stone balls in southern Costa Rica, volcanic stone spheres in western Mexico and Easter Island, and then turned his attention to Bosnia.If the huge stone in Bosnia is found to be hewn by human hands, it would be the largest man-made stone ball ever found – twice as heavy as the Costa Rican ones, said MailOnline.Do other experts see the rock formation as proof of an ancient civilization which thrived there? Voice of America reported that some scientists said the rock was likely a natural formation and not a human construct.Experts were quoted in MailOnline as saying they believed the boulder was not man made. A lecturer at the University of Manchester School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences told MailOnline that the spherical stone may be an example of concretion. This is when a compact mass of rock is formed by the precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains. The result is often spherical in shape, with the process forming the famed Koutu boulders in New Zealand. Experts at the Geological Society, according to MailOnline, said the round shape of the rock could come from spheroidal weathering. This is a type of weathering affecting jointed bedrock. The result is formation of concentric or spherical layers of highly decayed rock. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Large age gap may erode marital satisfaction

first_imgMen and women who have younger spouses are happier with their marriage, but this marital satisfaction fades over time in couples who have a significant age gap, a study has found. The findings, which examined 13 years of data from thousands of households, also suggest that marriages with large age gaps are less resilient in the face of economic downturns relative to their similarly-aged counterparts.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the findings show that men reported greater marital satisfaction when paired with a younger spouse, especially in the early years of marriage.However, the reverse appears to be true as well.”We find that men who are married to younger wives are the most satisfied, and men who are married to older wives are the least satisfied,” said Terra McKinnish, a professor at University of Colorado Boulder in the US.”Women are also particularly dissatisfied when they’re married to older husbands and particularly satisfied if they’re married to younger husbands,” said McKinnish.That initial satisfaction erodes rapidly, however, after 6-10 years of marriage for the couples with a big age gap between the partners.”Over time, the people who are married to a much older or younger spouse tend to have larger declines in marital satisfaction over time compared to those who are married to spouses who are similar in age,” said McKinnish.One mechanism for this decline could be how the age difference between spouses affects the couple’s ability to respond to negative economic shocks, such as a job loss, McKinnish said.”We looked at how couples respond to negative shocks and in particular, if they have a major bad economic shock or worsening of their household finances,” she said.”We find that when couples have a large age difference, that they tend to have a much larger decline in marital satisfaction when faced with an economic shock than couples that have a very small age difference,” she added.A possible explanation for this is that similarly-aged couples are more in sync on life decisions that affect both partners (having children; general spending habits) and thus may be better equipped to adjust to a negative financial shock, McKinnish said.By contrast, an unexpected financial shakeup could expose underlying tensions and mismatches in couples with a larger age gap. The study was published in the Journal of Population Economics.last_img read more

River overflowing with sewage

first_imgAn estimated 100,000 litres of sewage per day is running into the Klip River at the corner of Carbineer Road and Soldiers Way.This you will see if you drive down the dirt road. Standing on top of the hill next to the broken pump house, you can smell the terrible stench being carried by the wind. Imagine the residents of the area having to tolerate this foul odour on a daily basis? They probably don’t even open their windows unless they absolutely have to. Broken Pump houseBroken Pump houseWhere the sewer meet the riverWere the sewer flows. In the morning, from about 5am to 7am, and yet again from 6pm onwards at night, the situation gets worse due to the volume of people at their houses. In about 10 years, the pump house has only been fixed once and has broken yet again, leaving residents in a state of desperation. Complaints have been made to uThukela and yet the situation has not yet been rectified.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Sunwing Vacations extends Zero Deposit promotion

first_imgSunwing Vacations extends Zero Deposit promotion << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sunwing Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations has extended its popular Zero Deposit promotion until Aug. 31 for now bookings with departures between Dec. 21, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2017.With the promo, travellers can now choose from a variety f vacations and book with no money down all summer long. In addition, they’ll benefit from Sunwing’s Price Drop Guarantee and early bird pricing. With Price Drop Guarantee, if the client’s vacation price drops outside of 21 days prior to the intended departure date, they will be entitled to claim up to $400 per person back. A $50 per person administration fee will be applied to all claims submitted.Included within the promotion are a host of Sunwing Selection resorts that are perfect for families and couples alike. A popular choice among families are Sunwing’s Smile Resorts, featuring Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals all year round, plus no single supplement for one-parent families.For more information go to sunwing.ca. Friday, July 22, 2016 last_img read more