first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now When I was a teenager, the last thing in the world I could ever imagine myself doing was wearing a suit and tie. I thought suits and ties were for what I termed “execudrioids.”I wore blue jeans that were tattered from being worn daily and washed infrequently. I wore muscle shirts under a black cotton button down shirts. I wore big Nike hightop tennis shoes. My hair was long, sometimes permed, sometimes highlighted. Both of my ears were pierced, one twice, one four times. Mostly I wore big hoop earrings.Looking like I did won me the attention of people who wanted to fight me for not conforming to their standards. This animosity started my Freshman year at the Catholic high school when a teacher who was also the wrestling coach told me to cut my shoulder length hair or lose it to his clippers. Left with no real choice, I cut it like Billy Idol’s and pierced both my ears. There were no rules about pierced ears yet, so the establishment wasn’t sure what to do with me.I started a rock-n-roll band my senior year of high school. I borrowed clothes, hairspray, and makeup from my Mom and my two sisters. At night, nothing was off-limits.After high school, I had to make a living. So I did something I never thought I’d do: I put on a suit and tie.I expected suits to be constraining. I equated a neck tie with a noose. But it wasn’t like that. Suits had clean lines and looked nice. Starched shirts felt crisp. The right tie gave a suit some pop.When I started selling, even though I was very young, my clients treated me with respect, like I deserved to be sitting in front of them. This even though I had my long hair tied in a ponytail that reached the middle of my back.It’s popular now for business people to dress like teenagers. But you will never look better or feel more confident than when you are wearing a killer suit, a crisp shirt, a sharp tie, and a nice pair of shoes.Treat yourself and buy a nice suit. Dress up. You’ll look good and you’ll feel better.last_img read more


first_imgGadchiroli encounter toll rises to 39 Gadchiroli encounter: Security forces had ‘precise’ info about Maoist location  A former senior Maoist from the Danda Karanya Special Zonal Committee, which is in-charge of Bastar and Gadchiroli, said, “The information could have come from the Maoists who recently surrendered and their contacts. I have never seen something like this in my 22 years as a Maoist. The cadres will not retaliate immediately,and will investigate and assess their strength before reacting.” A theory has surfaced, of the rebels being drugged through their meal.However, the Boriya villagers who helped the police in recovering the bodies from the river, ruled out this possibility. They said a Maoist camp was set up near the river and there was a long gun battle on April 22.In the second encounter in Jimalgatta on April 23, six Maoists were killed. Local sources said a senior member, Nandu, who was shown to have been killed in an encounter in Rajaram Khandla area on April 23, was seen with leaders Shrinu and Sainath on April 21. A question being raised is that Nandu and five other Maoists may have been caught during the Kasansur encounter and then taken to Rajaram Khandla forest and killed.Gatepalli villagers told Gadchiroli police that eight residents are missing after the encounter. “Eight families from Gatepalli informed that these eight people, including five women, had gone to attend the wedding in Kasansur. But another Gatepalli villager, who attended the wedding, informed us that they did not go there. We have identified 19 bodies and handed over 14 to relatives,” Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police, Abhinav Deshmukh said.  At 6 a.m. on April 22, when the Maoists were unguarded, bullets started raining from all sides and grenades were hurled. Some 64 C-60 commandos had sneaked in hours ago from the Chattisgarh side. Only some Maoists could retaliate, weakly. The police picked them out one by one and shot them dead. A police source said, Sainath used the weapons of other Maoists when he ran out of bullets, three times. But he could not withstand the heavy firing and grenades.Villagers in Boriya could hear the gunshots until 3 p.m. When the guns fell silent, the police saw that it was their biggest success in the five-decade-long history of Left Wing Extremism. A total 34 bodies of Maoists were recovered from the area. Along with a second encounter on April 23 in the same district, the loss to the extremists stands at 40 dead. No chance to surrender?The police claim they gave a chance to the Maoists to surrender and opened fire only in self-defence. This version appears to be at odds with the accounts of villagers. No one was spared, including women Maoists, who were bathing in the river or the injured who wanted to surrender. Those who survived the gun battle and grenade blasts were left with no option but to jump into the Indravati. Their bodies floated for two days before a local reporter spotted them and alerted the police. There were seventeen bodies floating and photos showed burn and bullet marks.Apparently, there was a tip-off from someone inside the dalam. The wedding at the centre of the operation did go ahead on April 22. Also Read It was a perfect ambush. So perfect that even the Maharashtra police special anti-Naxal Unit, the C-60, was surprised. Thirty-four Maoists were confirmed killed. And not a single policeman. Based on many accounts, here is how it apparently happened. On April 22, a wedding was scheduled in Kasansur village in Tadgoan under Bhamragad division of Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. The groom was from Kasansur and the bride from Gatepalli, the native village of Maoist leader Sainath who was in-charge of Perimili Dalam and the Divisional Committee member of the CPI (Maoist). The Maoists were coming to attend the wedding. For two weeks ahead, police had information that the dalams (a dalam has 10 to 15 Maoists) headed by Shrinu alias Srikant and Sainath were moving north from Kalled in Sironcha division of Gadchiroli. A week before the wedding, they were in Perimili area conducting a series of public meetings over the crisis arising from collapse of tendu leaf sale this year.On April 21 evening, the Maoists set up camp three kilometres from Boria village. They chose a difficult terrain near the Indravati river with a steep forested slope between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as a defence.Also Readlast_img read more


first_imgIndia’s top men’s doubles stars Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna won their respective second-round matches in the French Open on Friday.Sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea won their second-round men’s doubles French Open match, beating French pair Gregoire Barrere and Quentin Halys 6-3, 6-4.Sixteenth seeds Leander Paes and Marcin Matkowski later produced another dominating performance to earn a 6-4, 6-3 win in their second-round match against Julian Knowle and Florian Mayer.BOPANNA-MERGEA SAIL THROUGHBopanna-Mergea took a big headstart in the first set, jumping to a 4-1 lead. They maintained their dominance to reach 5-2 and were in total control as they claimed the first set 6-3 on Court 6.The Indo-Romanian pair maintained ascendancy, breaking their opponents’ first service game to quickly jump 2-0 up. But they were pegged back with the French pair breaking back immediately to 2-2.Bopanna-Mergea converted three of the eight break points received in the second set to ultimately claim the second set 6-4.They won 67 of the total 121 points played, committing seven unforced errors as compared to 2 by their opponents. But conversion of break points turned crucial as Bopanna-Mergea won four of nine break points opposed to just two of four by Barrere-Halys.Bopanna-Mergea outclassed Frenchmen Stephane Robert and Alexandre Sidorenko 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.PAES-MATKOWSKI DOMOINATELater, Paes-Matkowski produced another dominating performance to earn a comfortable victory. Paes-Matkowski face a break point in their second service game and were promptly broken to trail 1-3 in the first set at Court 14.advertisementThe Indo-Polish duo were unable to break back immediately and trailed 2-4 against the Austria-German duo.But they broke the Austrian-Germans pair’s fourth service game to restore parity 4-4. Paes-Matkowski utilised their experience and remained composed to win the key points to snatch a 6-4 win in the first set.And they repeated that act in the second set, breaking ahead at a crucial stage of the game to serve out the second set 6-3. Paes-Matkowski won 63 of the 105 total points played, hit 2 winners to none from their opponents and converted three of the four break points received.last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DES 65)(REOPENS DES 65)Birender who is a Rajya Sabha MP also demanded from BJP Chief Amit Shah to ensure development of 25 constituencies which had lagged behind because of political apathy over the past several years.”I want there are 25 Vidhan Sabha seats which are called middle Haryana. Among them are Hisar, Rohtak, Kalanaur, Meham, Narnaund, Tohana, Ratia, Uchana, Jind, Kalayat and these should be developed on par with other areas of the state,” he said.”I want that in 25 halkas, you give notice to Haryana government to develop on par with other areas,” he demanded.Birender further that the state was infamous for its politics, despite the fact that the state had contributed a lot in food grain production, sending people to the army and bringing laurels in sports arena.”I recently went to England where one person asked me which state do you belong. I said I am from Haryana. He said the state where is Aya Ram Gya Ram,” he said.”Our daughter (in Haryana) who won medal in Rio Olympic games when the whole country was eagerly waiting for winning a medal for 11 days,” he said.Union Minister of Steel thanked the Prime Minister and Shah for reposing faith and inducting him as Cabinet Minister in the Central Government.He said he was the first person from Haryana to have been inducted as Minister in the Union Cabinet despite not having had the status of Chief Minster. The people of Jind would repay with interest what the BJP has given to Jind, he said.advertisementWith a view to translating into reality the vision of the Prime Minister to double the farmers income in the coming five years, he had ensured release of Rs 40 lakh crore to the villages. This would help in opening avenues and opportunities of development in the rural sector.Haryanas farmers had contributed 21 per cent food grains to the central kitty and every 10th soldier and every 5th martyr hails from Haryana. The state has a big name in industry. When the country was waiting for medal in Rio, it was Haryanas girl who brought laurels for the nation at international level, he added. PTI CHS AKA RGlast_img read more


first_imgTwice champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open after failing to recover fully from shoulder surgery, the former world number one said on Wednesday.”Withdrawing from the French Open today. Sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones,” the Russian wrote on Instagram.The 32-year-old, who has won five Grand Slam titles, has not played since the end of January and underwent shoulder surgery at the end of February. The French Open starts in Paris on May 26.”In better news, I have returned to the practice court, and slowly building the strength back in my shoulder,” she added.Also Read | Italian Open: Alexander Zverev crashes out, Kyrgios downs MedvedevAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City man is being sought by South Dakota authorities on a felony warrant issued out of Bon Homme County.35 year old Travis Ray McPeek is wanted for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer from an incident that occurred on August 6th.McPeek is described as a 5’6″ white male who weighs 144 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and numerous tattoos.Anyone with information about McPeek’s whereabouts should contact South Dakota authorities at 605-589-3942 or contact your local law enforcement agency.last_img read more


first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Have you ever been told your closet is packed with too many shoes? We say there’s no such thing, especially not when it comes to moc-toe boots. Pioneered for rough-and-tumble work and being worn into the ground, moc-toe boots have historically been used everywhere from the great outdoors to the local job site.Aptly named for the moccasin-style stitching at the toe, these boots are now a serious fashion statement. And not in an overly trend way, mind you. No sir, we think the best men’s moc-toe boots shown here are equal parts stylish and rugged — exactly what we’re all looking for in the perfect fall footwear.Red Wing x Todd Snyder 877 Moc-Toe Boots – $380Our top pick when it comes to stylish, durable and versatile moc-toe boots? That’s easy. These exceptionally well-crafted boots from Red Wing and Todd Snyder are the way to go. We love the striking copper color and the use of both full-grain and rough-out leather. The result? A pair of boots to wear with everything from indigo denim and a shawl collar cardigan to a charcoal herringbone suit. Shop NowSutro Footwear Ellington Boots – $248It’s entirely possible for a pair of moc-toe boots to be as refined as they are functional. Sutro Footwear proves that with the brand’s handsome Ellington Boots, which should absolutely be worn with a blazer, a white Oxford and slim tan chinos.Shop NowCAT Footwear Glenrock Mid  Boots – $57Simply put, you know you can count on CAT Footwear to deliver the goods in terms of remarkably hard-wearing boots that put in work on the job site. Now, you can count on them in matters of style too. We’d pair these with black denim and a faded blue denim jacket for edgy, concert-friendly style.Shop NowWolverine Moc-Toe 6-Inch Work Boots – $125While we love Wolverine for the brand’s 1000 Mile collection, rest assured that they also craft rugged, durable boots that are more inclined to take on heavy yard work than they are a day at your favorite brewery.Shop NowYuketen Maine Guide Boots – $627There are certain shoes that make you do a double take. Such is the case with this handsome, rugged and investment-level pair from Yuketen. No need to worry about wearing them too much — they’re crafted to take it.Shop NowOlukai Nalukai Boots – $140With the lightweight feel of a sneaker and the styling potential of your favorite pair of boots, the Nalukai Boots from Olukai are truly one-of-a-kind when it comes to the moc-toe boot category. Wear ‘em with a grey crewneck sweater and beat-up blue jeans.Shop NowLooking for actual moccasins instead of just moc-toe boots? Look no further than Minnetonka, a brand that has perfected the moccasin during  its 70 years in the business. Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 last_img read more


first_img Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear Editors’ Recommendations When It’s Time to Move, Here’s How to Sell Your House 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Grow and Maintain Stubble There’s only one reason you ever have to clean your apartment in 30 minutes or less… you just found out a girl is coming over. You’ve been putting off cleaning for weeks and now your filth is about to bite you on the ass. She’s going to find out the truth about your dirty ways and your hopes of ever having sex again (or for the first time) with her are being crushed by the second. But wait! Is there a chance you could actually clean your place enough to avoid total embarrassment and a sexless life? Maybe. But you have to act fast.Maskot / GettyRemember, this isn’t a deep clean. It’s an “Oh shit, I really should have done something earlier and now it’s gonna take a miracle to do this” clean. Smoke and mirrors are your friends. Anything that helps mask what all your friends already know about you — that you are a lovable slob — is a positive step. No offense. You’re a good person and you pay your taxes. But your apartment is a pigpen. And now you have 30 minutes to become a new man.Here’s how to clean your house or apartment in 30 minutes or less. Start with the …Living RoomIan Dooley / UnsplashYou have to start with the living room. If there is one room the lady in question will enter, it’s this room.First the floor. Pick everything up off the floor and stash it in a closet. Remember, you’re not organizing; you’re speed cleaning. (Yes, you’ll have to clean the closet at some point, but not now.)Next, clear off the coffee table and wipe it down with a rag. Bonus points will be awarded if you’re able to find and light a candle to display on said table (we recommend these). If your couch is not exactly a furniture showpiece (i.e., if there are rips, stains or other unflattering marks on it), drape your nicest, cleanest blanket over it. Dispose of all your empties and make sure there is no visible trash, waste, or embarrassing signs of your less mature habits.If you have five extra minutes: dust-bust the couch. Nothing kills the mood like having to brush potato chip crumbs before your company can sit down. Now it’s on to the …BathroomFilios Sazeides / UnsplashBelieve it or not, girls use the bathroom, and God forbid she goes in there without your having sufficiently improved its cleanliness level from Trainspotting to at least Dormitory Chic. Again, if this happens, go ahead and say bye-bye to anything friendlier than a gingerly peck on the cheek.When it comes to the bathroom, most obvious mark for outside criticism is the one that most guys overlook: the mirror. People can forgive a dirty sink (that’s where hands get washed, after all), but the mirror reveals everything about your bathroom cleanliness habits. For efficiency, spray it down with your favorite cleaner and use a sheet of newspaper to rub out all the specks and streaks. (For some reason, the oils in newsprint work way better than paper towels or cloths and don’t leave any lint behind). When you’re done, use the wet ball of newspaper to mop up any stray stains, hairs, or other detritus from inside the sink.For the toilet, toss in a self-cleaning toilet bowl tablet into the commode, and while it works its magic, wipe down the seat with your antibacterial wipes. Light a big candle and turn off the lights — a dimly lit bathroom looks cleaner than a regular one. Make sure to close the shower curtain before you leave the room.If you have five extra minutes: The toilet is the one place where your guest will not be distracted by your charming company. It’s also where grime reads as extra gross. So put in the extra elbow grease to eliminate any telltale stains or detritus. After you’ve had your bathroom cleaning binge, head on over to the …Kitchenrawpixel / UnsplashYou might be able to keep her out of the kitchen, depending on urgency and your ability to lie, but if you finish the bathroom and there is any time to spare, hit the kitchen.If you have a dishwasher, start stuffing it with dishes. Forget pre-washing; you don’t have time. Get all the dishes and glasses in there and shut the door. If you don’t have a dishwasher, leave via the fire escape. (Kidding. We’re not to that stage just yet.) Just get everything off the counter and below eye-level. Fill up the sink, put things under the sink or in cupboards, whatever it takes. The less she sees, the better. The one exception would be quality wine glasses; if you have such a thing, leave those out. You can even wash and dry them in front of her to show off the domestic skills you don’t actually have. Finally, sweep any stray crumbs or bits of food from the floor and then quickly whip over the floors with a spray mop. This type of mop’s microfiber cloth and spray solution allows for the fastest floor cleaning you’ve ever experienced.If you have five extra minutes: if by some miracle your sink is empty, sprinkle a dusting of Bon Ami or another abrasive cleaner into it, scrub in swift, lateral strokes, then rinse. Nothing makes a kitchen sparkle like a spotless white or stainless-steel sink. (Just ask your mom.) And finally, prepare the…BedroomMark Solarski / UnsplashHere you’ll take the same approach as the living room. Get the clothes, shoes, and all other odds and ends off the floor, toss them all in the closet and shut the door. No need to fully make your bed, just flip your duvet or comforter in the air and lay it down like a picnic blanket. Want a low-effort, big-impact touch? Fluff your pillows. It makes the room look “done” in a way nothing else does.If you have five extra minutes: wipe down your desk, headboard, bedside table, etc. with a microfiber cloth or furniture polish.Cleaning EssentialsNothing expedites your last-minute cleaning efforts like the right arsenal of tools. Below is our curated list of essentials for getting the job done in a hurry.Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes – $5For fast cleaning, these disinfecting wipes are your best friend. They’re natural, they smell nice (but not too strong), and they restore good hygiene to your place.Shop NowWindex Glass Cleaner – $3There’s a good chance you already own a bottle of Windex (or an off-brand alternative) and if so, congratulations, you’re already ahead of the game. If not, get yourself a bottle of the blue stuff and say goodbye to dirty, streaky windows and mirrors.Shop NowHom Toilet Bowl Cleaner – $31Any cleaning product that reduces actual physical cleaning time gets high marks in our book. Hom’s mint-fragrance effervescent toilet tabsremoves stains, limescale, hard-water build-up, and freshens while doing it. Shop NowE-Cloth Window Cleaning Pack – $15The E-Cloth makes cleaning a breeze—you literally just add water, the activated microfiber picks up the smallest specks of dirt, dust, and grime.Shop NowOxo Good Grips Spray Mop – $35With a reusable and washable microfiber cloth pad, a spray bottle for holding your favorite floor cleaning solution (or your own home-made concoction), the Oxo Good Grips spray mop is without a doubt, the easiest, handiest, and best spray mop we have ever tried. More environmentally friendly than a Swiffer and easier to use than a regular wet mop, this cleaning product will take your floor-mopping time from more than 10 minutes to less than five.Shop NowDyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum – $170The cordless handheld vacuum is an underrated advancement of the modern age. Where our ancestors used to sweep, shake and even comb, the hand vac does it all with a satisfying blast of suction.Shop Nowlast_img read more


first_img The Government now has the authority to spend funds allocated in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, following the passage of the Appropriation Act 2019 in the Upper House on March 22.This annual Bill provides authority for expenditure (other than statutory expenditure) for the financial year 2019/20 and specifies the manner in which the money is to be allocated to the various services and purposes of the Government.The Bill was approved following a five-hour long debate in the Senate, with Senators from both sides making contributions.Piloting the legislation, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jnr, noted that this is “a budget for every single Jamaican regardless of their status or income bracket.”“This budget is a reflection of the positive strides that we have made and though we still have much to do as a nation, we are certainly taking control of our future,” he said.He pointed out that the budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year, will involve and engage all Jamaicans.“It is clear that this administration, led by Prime Minister the Most Hon Andrew Holness, is capable and willing to take the bold [and] creative actions required for this country to take control of its future and maximise its potential,” Senator Charles Jr. added.The Foreign Affairs State Minister noted that the budget illustrates the Government’s commitment to good fiscal management.“We have had low stable inflation for four years, and the lowest inflation rates as an independent country. This is the emergence of a new Jamaica. Domestic interest rates are at levels never seen before,” Senator Charles Jr. said.“The central bank has lowered the policy rate four times this fiscal year, to a record low of 1.5 per cent in February 2019. Interest rates for individuals and businesses have been lower, which means that many… are now able to access single digit interest rates from Jamaican dollar loans,” he added.He noted that the low interest rates are allowing individuals and Jamaican businesses to borrow and invest. This annual Bill provides authority for expenditure (other than statutory expenditure) for the financial year 2019/20 and specifies the manner in which the money is to be allocated to the various services and purposes of the Government. The Government now has the authority to spend funds allocated in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, following the passage of the Appropriation Act 2019 in the Upper House on March 22. The Bill was approved following a five-hour long debate in the Senate, with Senators from both sides making contributions. Story Highlightslast_img read more


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Kawasaki Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has launched Amis Nature, a Supramax bulk carrier ordered by Taiwanese shipping company Wisdom Marine Lines.The launching ceremony took place at Kawasaki’s Kobe Works on May 22, 2018.As informed, the ship is the sixth energy-saving type bulk carrier with a capacity of 55,000 dwt developed by Kawasaki. Following the outfitting at the Kobe Works quay, the carrier is expected to be delivered to its owner in August 2018.The 31,700-ton newbuild features a length of 189.9 meters and a width of 32.26 meters. Its market value currently stands at USD 22.92 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The vessel has a flush deck with forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coals, ores and steel products. Four 30-ton deck cranes are installed along the center in between hatch covers to enable cargo loading and unloading in ports that lack cargo handling facilities.Amis Nature has an ME-B energy-saving main diesel engine featuring electronic fuel injection, a highly efficient propeller, as well as the Kawasaki semi-duct system with contra fins (SDS-F) and rudder bulb with fins (RBS-F), which all contribute to the vessel’s enhanced propulsion performance, Kawasaki said.Including Amis Nature, Wisdom Marine currently has a total of fourteen vessels on order at Japanese shipyards, scheduled for delivery between June 2018 and September 2020, according to the company’s website.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Originally intended to serve as an advanced operating system for digital cameras, Android OS has come a long way and its next iteration — Android Q is set to be officially introduced in the third quarter (Q3) this year by Google.Google acquired Android Inc. for nearly $50 million in July 2005.Since then, the OS has grown by leaps and bounds as the company continues to license the Android OS to third-party OEMs like Huawei, OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme, to name a few. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearIn a bid to deliver better user experiences, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are now using the same base code and adding their own skin atop the Android user interface (UI) — often using it as a selling point to stand out.Custom Android UIs such as EMUI by Huawei, OxygenOS by OnePlus and One UI by Samsung — which has succeeded Samsung Experience and TouchWiz — offer a better experience to users with less bloatware than ever.We take a look at some of the top Android skins and customisations available today. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaOxygenOS: Developed by Chinese handset maker OnePlus, it is a customised version of Android mobile OS exclusively for their smartphones. The highly-acclaimed skin offers close to vanilla Android sans any bloatware. It also offers a number of useful performance optimisations such as iPhone XS-style gesture interface.EMUI: Chinese tech giant develops this custom UI for its Huawei and Honor line-up of smartphones. Previously known as Emotion UI, this custom skin offers features like navigation gestures, customisable home screen, gestures to launch apps and more. OneUI: Samsung’s One UI is a crisp interface and a massive upgrade from TouchWiz that was full of bloatware. One UI offers a simple user experience while notes, emails and other Samsung apps have been customised to show only essential information.MIUI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi’s skin is known as MIUI, which is a highly-customised version of Android. Its Redmi, Mi and Poco line-up of devices use this skin. The UI has some bloatware and has also faced flak for pushing ads into the MIUI apps, including the music app and even the settings menu.ColorOS: Oppo, another Chinese handset maker calls its custom skin ColorOS. It features gestures that can be used to launch apps, lock screen magazine among others.last_img read more


Highlights at the close Wednesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,171.39, down 30.98 pointsDow — 21,711.01, up 97.58 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,477.83, up 0.70 of a point (record high)Nasdaq — 6,422.75, up 10.58 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 79.97 cents US, up 0.01 of a centPound — C$1.6331, up 0.12 of a centEuro — C$1.4572, down 0.20 of a centEuro — US$1.1653, down 0.14 of a centOil futures:US$48.75, up 86 cents(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,249.40 per oz., down $2.70(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.449 per oz., down 3.2 cents$689.59 per kg., down $1.02 read more


Meanwhile President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Special Envoy on Human Rights, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is hoping to meet the President and propose that he be sent for the session. At the press conference Pillay had said that several people she had met during her visit had been threatened or intimidated.She had said that she will brief the UN Human Rights Council about those threats.Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The government has decided to send a low level delegation for the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which begins this week in Geneva.External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatillake said that a four member delegation from Sri Lanka will be sent for the session.“A high level delegation will not be sent for this session. There is no need for that. In March next year we will send a high level delegation,” Amunugama said. He said that Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinghe will lead the delegation and speak on behalf of Sri Lanka. He is of the opinion that if he is sent he will get more time to speak at the session as opposed to the time given for an Ambassador.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will be making an oral statement on Sri Lanka to the Council on September 25 on the implementation of resolution 22/1 on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. Pillay will submit a full report on Sri Lanka in March next year.Pillay will be commenting on her recent visit to Sri Lanka where at a concluding press conference she had made some critical remarks on what she heard and saw during her visit. read more


Two people were arrested by the customs department at the airport today with foreign currency valued at over Rs. 7 million.The customs department said that the Sri Lankan males, aged 34 and 29, are residents of Watawala and Ragala. They were arrested by the customs department with US$ 22,000, Euro 25,900 and Swiss Franc 4,500.00 equivalent to Rs. 7,185,000.00 which was concealed in their baggage.The two men had attempted to take the money out to Singapore on a SriLankan airlines flight.


A Facebook spokesperson said it was reviewing how Accenture provided resources to deal with stress, and added that drug and alcohol use on the job violates its contracts.The company sees hiring all content reviewers directly as a bad use of resources, said two people familiar with Facebook’s strategy who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. They added that using staffing firms allowed the company to avoid layoffs in the future.One argued that people have an idealized view of the career path once available at companies like Kodak, where janitors rose through the ranks to become vice presidents — while forgetting that, in their view, Kodak’s unsustainable cost structure left it unable to respond to changes in the market. Eventually, this person said, the company’s plan is to offload an increasing proportion of content moderation to automated systems. This echoes comments Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has made when employees have brought up content moderation to him in employee meetings.How much human intervention will be needed in the long run is a matter of debate. One content reviewer who has worked for Facebook through Accenture for several months says even over that span there’s a noticeable difference in how well automated filters catch fake accounts that act in particular ways. But new behaviours have already emerged to fool the computers. “There’s no way you could train a robot to understand those complexities,” he said.On Facebook’s message boards, employees said that the spectre of automating away content review jobs should make the company more sensitive to the lives of the humans doing the job in the meantime. “It seems like the least we could do is treat people well before they get replaced,” one of them wrote.Bloomberg.com In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Facebook Inc. rushed to expand efforts to police its platforms, trying to keep political misinformation, graphic violence, terrorist propaganda, and revenge porn off the products. This has entailed both new technology, and thousands of new workers. Facebook now has about 15,000 content reviewers, almost all of whom work not for Facebook itself but for staffing firms like Accenture and Cognizant.The company’s decision to outsource these operations has been a persistent concern for some full-time employees. After a group of content reviewers working at an Accenture facility in Austin, Texas complained in February about not being allowed to leave the building for breaks or answer personal phone calls at work, a wave of criticism broke out on internal messaging boards. “Why do we contract out work that’s obviously vital to the health of this company and the products we build,” wrote one Facebook employee. (Bloomberg News viewed dozens of messages about the topic, on the condition that it not publish the names of people involved.)A Facebook spokeswoman said there has been no change in policies at the facility in Austin, and that it is has been working with Accenture to ensure practices comply with Facebook policies. Accenture did not respond to a request for comment. Apple revokes Facebook’s app development credentials after latest data tracking revelations Facebook and Google’s multibillion dollar digital ad businesses expected to keep growing, despite privacy concerns Mark Zuckerberg says he’s going outside his comfort zone in 2019 to host regular discussions on tech The pressure on the company doesn’t seem likely to subside. Over the years, a stream of media reports have detailed one of the internet’s most dystopian jobs. The most recent example came on Monday, when the Verge published a lengthy account from several Cognizant employees working in Phoenix. They described the trauma of being presented with an endless procession of graphic violence and disturbing sexual activities, and said the restrictive working conditions further aggravated their stress.Legally, Facebook believes it is insulated from much of what goes on in the outsourcing centres like the ones in Austin and Phoenix. Selena Scola, a content moderator working for a company called Pro Unlimited sued Facebook in September, saying it was responsible for her post-traumatic stress disorder. In a court filing, the company responded by saying that Scola had no right to sue, because she was an independent contractor. It argued that any harm she suffered was either her own fault, or the fault of unnamed third parties. The case is pending.But legal cover isn’t the only consideration. Over the weekend, Facebook circulated an explanation on internal message boards trying to dispel employee concerns, and detailing how it planned to address questions about how staffing companies treat their employees. The message, posted publicly to Facebook’s blog on Monday, was written by Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice president of global operations. It said that outsourcing content review was the only way it could scale quickly enough to meet its needs. “Given the size at which we operate and how quickly we’ve grown over the past couple of years, we will inevitably encounter issues we need to address on an ongoing basis,” he wrote.I don’t have a problem with nudity — that’s what I signed up for — but then there are random beheadingsanonymous Facebook moderator Jussi Nukari/AFP/Getty Images Facebook says it plans to review its contracts with staffing firms, requiring them to have adequate facilities and mental health resources. It also plans to make regular site visits to make sure staffing firms are adhering to the requirements. The company plans to do a wider review of its relationships with contracting firms, starting with a summit with vendors in April. “We will regularly evaluate these roles, our needs going forward, the risks, location, mix of the workforce, and many more areas,” wrote Osofsky.Even in the best of conditions, content review is a brutal job. Bloomberg news spoke with three current content moderators employed by Accenture and all of them requested anonymity because they had signed non-disclosure agreements. “It’s a strain. I don’t know what I’m going to see,” one said. “I don’t have a problem with nudity — that’s what I signed up for — but then there are random beheadings.” Another said that moderators periodically discuss their daily “body counts” — the number of dead bodies they see per shift.Facebook and Accenture both provide access to “wellness” resources to help moderators deal with the stress. Facebook is also running a pilot program at one facility that offers virtual reality-based treatments for stress, a strategy that has proven effective in other contexts.All three content moderators who spoke to Bloomberg News said they were reluctant to come forward for help. “Because of the whole contractor situation, they can fire you for any reason,” says one of them. One said he tried meditation to deal with the stress of the job; another said he regularly visited Reddit pages featuring cute animal photos. Many reviewers attempt to pay as little attention to their work as possible, either by listening to music or streaming movies as they work. Alcohol and marijuana use is common both on and off the premises, they said.An Accenture office in Finland. read more


Kerrie Pickering receives the Award for Innovation at the recent International Conference on Innovation and Trends in Wine Management.A Brock University presentation about the Ontario wine industry adapting to climate change has been honoured as one of the three best papers delivered at a major conference in the heart of France’s wine country.Master’s student Kerrie Pickering won the Award for Innovation when her presentation was cited from 60 submissions at the International Conference on Innovation and Trends in Wine Management, held recently in Dijon.Her paper was titled “Innovation and adaptation in the Ontario grape and wine industry: An integrated, transdisciplinary response to climate change.” The full list of authors includes Brock scientists Debbie Inglis, Gary Pickering, Ryan Plummer and Kerrie’s supervisor Tony Shaw.As Ontario grape growers see an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, Kerrie said the Brock team is examining the industry’s ability to implement strategies that reduce the impact of climate change.“We are trying to look at the industry’s capacity to cope with extreme events,” she said. “We are developing some strategies to address this but now we need to know what the industry needs to be able to implement and mobilize them.”The research is a collaboration of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, where Kerrie is a project manager. This unique partnership has researchers from different disciplines working together to examine the challenge of adapting to climate change.“A lot of interest with climatic change has addressed and continues to address mitigation,” said Plummer, director of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. “Increasingly there is a realization that adaptation, how you build the capacity to deal with change and adapt, is critical.”Traditionally, research looking at adaptive capacity has focused on one aspect that affects the ability of an industry to adapt to change. Kerrie’s approach was to look at the full set of determinants to have a complete picture of how to build adaptive capacity.The project identified that the industry’s capacity to mobilize resources to support new products and strategies was largely determined by eight key considerations. They are: financial – is there access to economic resourcesinstitutional- is there effective leadership in the industry access to technology political connections perception of risk diversity in income knowledge transfer and social capital.Although this project focused on Ontario, the framework developed can be applied to any wine region in the world by considering the same determinants.The next step for this project involves gaining valuable feedback from the industry. An online survey has been sent to grape growers and vintners in Ontario. Kerrie hopes the responses will give researchers insight that will help them target the support structure to implement adaptive strategies.This initiative is supported by funding through the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation’s (MEDI) Ontario Research Fund, which supports industry-led research and innovation. This project is a collaboration between MEDI, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Grape Growers of Ontario and Brock’s CCOVI. This is part of CCOVI’s heightened emphasis on outreach to the grape and wine industry. read more


first_imgBut in women there was no significant variation.Researchers called on doctors to advice male patients at risk of heart disease to have more sex.In a report on their findings they said: “This is the first study of its kind to evaluate the correlation between sexual frequency and homocysteine levels.”A good quality sex life, frequent sex and libido are all related to health in the middle-aged and elderly.”Increased sexual frequency could have a protective effect on general health and quality of life – especially in men – so doctors should support patients’ sexual activity.’Dr Mike Knapton from the British Heart Foundation said the study produced an “interesting result” but did not prove regular sex reduced homocysteine levels.He said: “A relationship does exist between sex and heart disease risk.”Checking your blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as keeping active and not smoking, remain the best ways to ensure a healthy future.”A major review of scientific data in 2015 found raised homocysteine levels increased the risk of death from heart disease by 66 per cent. Doctors have long suspected  that frequent sex can reduce the risks, but the latest findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, are the first to show it works by driving down homocysteine levels.The chemical is a vital building block of proteins and occurs naturally in the body.But excess levels, which can be caused by poor diet, are thought to damage blood vessels supplying the heart – raising the risk of a deadly clot forming.Researchers from the National Defence Medical Centre in Taiwan tracked more than 2,000 men and women, aged from 20 to 59.They analysed blood samples to measure levels of homocysteine and matched the results up with volunteers’ sexual activity. And last year experts at Boston University discovered the chances of a stroke jumped by almost a third in those with high readings.It has also been linked with Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. 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. The results showed the lowest traces of the chemical were found in men claiming to have sex at least twice a week, while the highest readings were found in those restricted to less than once a month.center_img Show more Sex is good for the heart because it reduces the levels of a harmful chemical in the blood, scientists believe – but the effect is only seen in men.Having sex several times a week can cut lead to better circulation and healthier blood vessels in men, which researchers say is crucial for preventing a build-up of the chemical homocysteine.But scientists say women benefit much less because sexual arousal is less dependent on having a healthy blood flow, which is a key factor in keeping homocysteine under control.Heart disease is the biggest killer in Britain.  Increased sexual frequency could have a protective effect on general health and quality of life – especially in men – so doctors should support patients’ sexual activitylast_img read more


first_imgBritish success at Wimbledon has made it a record year for bookies, with bets on the tournament up by 50 per cent on 2016.With Johanna Konta becoming the first British woman to make it through to the semi finals since Virginia Wade in 1978 and Andy Murray looking to defend his title, the total number of wagers on the tournament is expected to reach £1.4bn, according to analysis.British interest has massively increased in the last few days as British number one Konta defied expectations.This year, 25 per cent more bets were placed on Konta to win compared to last year, when there was less than five per cent, making a record the sum for this tournament.Alex Kostin, a betting expert at bet-bonuscode.co.uk, said: “We expect to see £1.4billion of bets placed which is a record amount.”While one reason is the absence of a football tournament this summer, the other, he said, is the “Konta effect”.  Despite being the bookies’ second favourite to win after Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, Konta has attracted the largest number of bets, with 52 per cent of bets on the three favourites placed on her to win.  The figures – which analysed betting trends across Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill and Bet 365 – found the number of bets on Konta has increased by 25 per cent on 2016, when she was knocked out in the second round.Bookmakers have ranked Konta as second most likely to win, with Muguruza first and Venus Williams third.Meanwhile in the men’s final, Federer is the bookies favourite, followed by Djokovic and Murray in third place.”Bookies lost last year on Wimbledon because no one predicted Murray winning,” said Kostin.But bets have increased this year with pundits split on who is likely to win.“Wimbledon is wide open tournament this year – normally there’s one sure favourite,” according to Kostin. “This year Federer, Murray and Djokovic all have a chance.”  “The trend is clear and it has been like this for the three previous days – Konta is winning in bets placed, primarily from the London area,” said analyst Kostin. However, for the first time since 2011, neither Murray nor Djokovic are the favourites among pundits to win, with 38 per cent of bets placed on Federer winning in the men’s final. Kostin said: “We think a really important factor in [the increase in bets] is because there’s no football tournament is.”He added: “Konta generates a lot of attention. The main factor is Konta – she’s a new star. “She’s doing great but we know that it’s difficult to predict. As we see neither book makers nor punters bet on Williams to win it and psychologically knowing she’s the favourite can play a role. center_img “But I hope her coaches and trainers protect her from the information so she doesn’t feel the pressure – I hope bookmakers and punters don’t spoil it for Konta.”   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


The head of the charity warned of “extremely worrying” trends, now threatening to set back decades of progress made tackling the major killer. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) said the number of strokes, cases of heart failure and angina is also set to soar unless radical action is taken to address unhealthy lifestyles. The forecasts are linked to Britain’s diabetes timebomb, which is fuelled by rising rates of obesity.  One in three children are obese or overweight by the time they leave primary school, along with two in three adults. Britain’s obesity epidemic will cause heart attacks to rise by almost 30 per cent within two decades, new forecasts suggest. Within two decades, the number… read more


first_imgThe World Gold Council’s latest Gold Investment Digest publication says ongoing risk aversion, growing uncertainty over where consumer prices are headed and a renewed vigour in the search for effective portfolio diversifiers all supported gold investment demand throughout the first quarter of 2009. For the first quarter 2009, the gold price ended at $916.50/oz, on the London PM fix, representing a moderate increase of 4%, contrasted against a 12% decline in US stock prices during the period. Inflows into gold ETFs continued to grow throughout the quarter, with investors buying a record 469 t of gold, dwarfing the previous quarterly record of 145 t, set in the third quarter of last year. This took the total amount of gold in ETFs to 1,658 t, worth $48.6 billion.  “One reason the financial crisis has been so devastating for investors is that many alternative assets did not deliver on the promise that they would provide portfolio diversification,” said Natalie Dempster, Head of Investment, North America for, marketing organisation, World Gold Council and author of the publication. “The same cannot be said for gold. Gold has been one of the few assets that has genuinely provided investors with diversification throughout the financial crisis.”Reports from coin and bar dealers acknowledge another very strong quarter in retail demand for coins and bars in Q1 09, after a 396% year-on-year increase in Q4 08. Dealers have continued to report shortages in the availability of official coins and small bars.During the quarter average gold price volatility softened to 29.2%, on a 22-day rolling basis, in Q1 09, from 44.8% in the final quarter of last year. Having eased slightly over the quarter, the volatility still remained well above gold’s long-run price volatility of around 13%. Continued uncertainty over the health of the world’s financial sector and broader economy, alongside aggressive monetary and fiscal policy moves from the world’s leading central banks and major governments kept market volatility high across the board. For example, the volatility of the S&P500, also measured on a 22-day rolling basis, ended Q1 09 at 49%.Looking at the broader economic backdrop, the publication said: “Commentators expressed two distinct views with respect to where consumer prices are headed. One sees inflation coming, as a consequence of the staggering increase in public spending and the quantitative easing measures being put in place by central banks around the globe. The other view argues that deflation is the more likely prospect, pointing to recent inflation figures – US consumer prices were unchanged on an annual basis in January for the first time since 1954 – and the continued deterioration in consumer confidence and spending. Both scenarios have possible positive implications for gold.”“Gold is not just effective during a financial crisis. The unique and diverse drivers of gold demand and supply mean that changes in the gold price do not correlate with changes in the prices of other financial assets, regardless of the health of the financial sector or broader economy,” Dempster said. “Gold is an effective portfolio diversifier regardless of the stage of the economic cycle.”Gold Investment Digest can be downloaded at http://www.gold.org/last_img read more