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Why Will They Say No?

first_imgOne of the most important areas for you to explore with your prospective client is what will cause them to say “no” to working with you.You may not want to explore these areas. It’s uncomfortable for you, and it can make your prospect uncomfortable. You don’t want to explore the areas where you, your company, or your solution have some challenges as far as your prospect is concerned. Your prospective client may not want to tell you outright that they can’t, don’t want to, or won’t be able to say “yes.” They might not want to embarrass you.They have something they “must have.” You can’t meet that need. They mention it but don’t make a big deal out of it. You both move on and talk about the areas where you do fit.The problem for you as a salesperson is that those things that prevent your dream client from saying “yes” didn’t go away. They are going to carry those concerns into their internal meetings, where they discuss you and your solution. Your prospects are also likely to talk about the things they need that you can’t provide when they speak with your competitors.Problems don’t age well, and neither do unresolved concerns.The best thing you can do is uncover the areas that are going to cause your dream client to give you a “no,” and see what you can do to mitigate those issues. Mitigation isn’t easy. If you had what they wanted, you’d be winning the deal. But you sell prospective clients, and you sell your company, as long as what your prospect wants isn’t something that should have disqualified them in the first place.You may need your manager’s help. You may need your operations team’s help. You may even need your leadership’s help. If you are going to win, you are going to have to find a way to flip what gets you a “no” to something that gets you a “yes.” It may not be a perfect solution. It just needs to be a solution your dream client can agree to. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Patna University must compete among 10 best public varsities to get ₹ 10,000 cr. central grant, says Modi

first_imgShatrughan, Yashwant, Lalu absentProminent alumni of the university, local BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha; former Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad were conspicuously absent from the function.However, while welcoming Mr. Modi to the university, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha tweeted on Saturday “…even I got an invitation, alas very late and with a very short notice…delayed by the more loyal than the King’s people involved in the affair”. So, though “Muhabbat Karne waale kam na honge…Teri mehfil mein lekin hum na honge’… my best wishes”, he tweeted again.However, other prominent alumni of the varsity, Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashwani Choubey and Upendra Kushwaha, were present on the dais with the Prime Minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Mr. Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.In bad shapeEstablished on October 1, 1917, Patna University, was once known as the “Oxford of The East”. But with the passage of time, al its past glory diminished and today it suffers from lack of teachers, staff, infrastructure and fund. “Its in pathetic situation today”, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha had said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Patna University (PU) should compete among the 10 best public universities of the country to get a grant of ₹ 10,000 crore from the central government and become a fully autonomous institution.The Prime Minister was speaking at the university’s centenary celebration function in Patna.Earlier, amid a thunderous applause of the students, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged Mr. Modi to grant central university status to the university .Mr. Modi said, “India is nowhere among top 500 universities of the world…my government has put up a challenge to 10 private and 10 public universities to fulfil some criterions fixed by the government to get ₹ 10,000 crore grant in five years and become a fully autonomous institution…Patna University too should take up the challenge and compete for it…it will go beyond its demand for a status of a central university. Patna University should also connect with its glorious list of alumna to regain its past glory…it happens everywhere.”Calls for innovationAddressing the gathering of students, former students, staff and teachers, the Prime Minister also laid emphasis on prioritising “innovation” in universities for the country’s development.“I appeal to the Patna University to be innovative for the problems of your surrounding and compete for start-ups…India has no dearth of talent as it has vast lot of young people”, he said.After the function, the Prime Minister left for Mokama, 100 km from Patna to launch several development projects worth of over ₹ 3,700 crore.PM @narendramodi visiting the Bihar Museum in Patna pic.twitter.com/QfvEKiPlWY— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 14, 2017last_img read more

Wedding bells finally ring in newly-electrified Rajasthan village

first_imgWedding bells rang for 19-year-old Urmila in the nondescript Rajghat village of Rajasthan’s Dholpur district earlier this month, on the day the villagers cast their votes for Lok Sabha election, shortly after electricity reached the village. The small village with a population of 350 had been living in darkness since Independence.The village, which shares its name with Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat in Delhi, falls in the Chambal river basin region on the Rajashan-Madhya Pradesh border, which is a forest area. Because of the technical glitch of its location within the Municipal Council’s jurisdiction, the rural settlement was deprived of the benefits of schemes designed for panchayats.Electricity has arrived in Rajghat through a transformer installed by the State government after sustained efforts of a medical student and his friends, who have launched a campaign for improving the living conditions of villagers for the last four years with the help of donors and crowdfunding. The group also undertook a social media drive with hashtag #SaveRajghat.Urmila’s wedding took place after sunset on May 6 and a feast was given to the villagers and the baraat (marriage party), belonging to Agra district, for the first time in the midst of lights all around them. The poor villagers rejoiced at the ceremony, as the power discom officials promised to lay the lines to connect all the 39 households in the village with electricity supply.Crusader’s effortsSituated on the banks of Chambal river, barely five km away from Dholpur town, the small and dusty Rajghat village has no roads, water pipelines or basic medical facilities. The lone government primary school has only a few students. Ashwani Parashar, an MBBS student in Sawai Man Singh Government Medical College in Jaipur and a native of Dholpur, took up the task in 2015 along with his fellow students to provide basic amenities to the villagers.During the last four years, a kuchcha access road and community toilets were constructed, solar lamps supplied and reverse osmosis water filters installed with the help of donors. The power connection is the latest achievement of the group of students, who have also distributed utility items and clothes among the poor in the village.The villagers living in the vicinity of the river still have no access to clean drinking water. Urmila’s father Deendayal Nishad told The Hindu on Monday that the villagers bring polluted water directly from Chambal, where animal carcasses can be seen floating, and clean it with the help of filters. Though girls from Rajghat are married off to other places, the boys face difficulty in getting married, as no parents are willing to marry their daughters in the village because of its pathetic state. In May last year, when Pawan Kumar, 23, got married in Rajghat, the villagers were witnessing such a wedding after a gap of 22 years.last_img read more

Indian troops return after peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

first_imgAround 200 soldiers from the Army’s 62 Indian Horizontal Military Engineering Company (HMEC) have returned to India after successfully completing their peacekeeping mission in war-torn South Sudan. “These soldiers were deployed in South Sudan, which gained independence from neighbouring Sudan in 2011, but slid into a brutal civil conflict and a broken economy,” an Army officer, who was part of the peacekeeping missionRead it at Times of india Related Itemslast_img

ICC World Cup: Hosts ready to roll out their act

first_imgRatnakar Shetty, the 2011 World Cup tournament director, is confident the five venues that are yet to receive a final okay from the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be ready soon to host the matches. Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, which will host the final on April 2, is among the venues that are in the last stretch of being completed. But Shetty, who’s also the chief administrative officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), says the showpiece venue is just a few days from being ready.”It should be ready in the next 10 days. It’s only some finishing work in the corporate boxes and some other areas that has delayed the work a bit,” Shetty said in an interview with Mail Today. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is the other venue that is behind the schedule. “It should be match-ready soon,” Shetty assured us. A joint team of the ICC and the BCCI inspected all the 13 venues in November. “One more inspection of three venues in Sri Lanka and of the Wankhede Stadium and Eden Gardens will take place some time in the third week of this month,” Shetty said. The Sri Lankan venues that are up for inspection are the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa (Hambantota), and the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.Shetty exuded confidence.”The preparations are on track. I am not concerned about anything, except that many of the matches being played in the Indian sector don’t feature India,” he said.advertisementAnother issue the tournament director raised was that of ticket prices. “We have urged out state units to keep the ticket prices low,” Shetty said. “They should look at bringing in school and college students so that stadiums are not empty for matches where India is not playing. The tickets for these matches will be priced in such a way that more people can buy them. The ticket rates will be different at different venues,” he added.Continuing on the subject of crowd management, Shetty said, “Crowds come on their own for matches where India is playing because of their passion for the game. When two foreign teams play, the interest level is not the same. We noticed the difference during the Champions League T20 matches. The associations must think of ways in which they can bring the people to the stadiums.” The message that should go around is that there’s a lot to learn from World Cup matches even if India is not playing.last_img read more

Rio Olympians Will Swim in Sewage

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — The head of Rio de Janeiro’s water utility has acknowledged “problems” with the city’s sewage-filled Guanabara Bay but insisted the Olympic city will eventually reach its goal of collecting and treating all the waste currently dumped into the waterway.Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Jorge Briard, President of Rio’s Cedae utility, added his voice to the chorus of officials saying it will be impossible to make good on the Olympic pledge of collecting 80 percent of sewage in communities that ring the bay before Olympic sailing events are held there next year.However he insisted that Rio has been making progress in solving its sewerage woes and pledged that sewage collection and treatment around the bay would be “much better” by the games, less than one year away.“Obviously, I’m not crazy enough to say that there aren’t problems in the Guanabara Bay,” he said. “There are many problems.”He added that the initiatives aimed at meeting Rio’s Olympic targets had not taken place with the “speed we imagined six years ago,” when Rio won its bid for the 2016 games.A major cleanup of the city’s blighted waterways was meant to be one of the games’ most enduring legacies and was a key selling for the city’s winning bid, and the failure to come anywhere near those promises has become a major headache for authorities here before the start of the Aug. 5-21, 2016, event.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach responded to a question at a news conference in Beijing on Aug. 21 about Rio’s chances of fixing the problem by saying: “In principal, the IOC will follow the guidelines of the WHO.”“This has been done in the past and will be done in the future, in order to have safe conditions for athletes at the games,” Bach said.Briard downplayed a July 30 report by the AP showing alarmingly high levels of viruses and, in some cases, bacteria from human sewage in all of Rio’s Olympic and Paralympic water venues, including the bay, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, where rowing and canoeing competitions are to take place, and Copacabana Beach, where the triathlon and marathon swimming events are to be staged.Based on five months of testing by a top Brazilian virologist, the report included an expert’s risk assessment saying that with such high viral levels, it was an almost certain athletes who come into contact with even small amounts of the sewage-blighted waters would be infected by viruses.That doesn’t automatically mean an athlete would fall ill — that depends on numerous factors, including their immune system.Briard insisted the waterways were safe for athletes and said that the Olympic sailing lanes in the bay are “completely protected from any problem” related to the flow of raw sewage into the many parts of the bay.Although the AP investigation found the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites, Briard said he was “surprised” to hear of high levels of pollutants there.Braird, a 51-year-old engineer who hails from the Paqueta Island deep within the Guanabara Bay and has worked at Cedae for more than 15 years, also expressed surprise when asked about illnesses resulting from the pathogens lurking in Rio’s polluted waterways.“We were never notified by the state health secretariat of any spike in public clinics of any water-borne illness,” he said.But the head of an association representing Rio’s gastroenterologists, Dr. Luiz Abrahao, told the AP that the city recently experienced “several spikes in cases of severe diarrhea, particularly of viral origin.”The latest spikes here date to early this year and late last year, during the southern hemisphere summer, Abrahao said, adding that such cases are vastly underreported.“The patients who end up seeking us out are those who have very persistent or extreme cases,” he said. “Acute diarrhea is a common thing (in Rio), something that we experience in our day-to-day lives.”Briard said Cedae was working swiftly to universalize sewage collection and treatment here, insisting that the percentage of sewage treatment in the communities ringing the bay had risen from 11 percent in 2007 — when only three treatment plants were operational — to around 51 percent today, with six plants now working at various capacities.He said the doubling of capacity at the Alegria plant, which currently only operates at 50 percent capacity, and the entering into service of a so-called River Treatment Unit over the heavily contaminated Iraja River in the coming months would help boost treatment even higher.“It’s a non-stop effort to raise the percentage of sewage treatment,” he said. “Our objective is, following the Olympics, to continue with these programs until we have collection and treatment in 100 percent of the area around the Guanabara Bay.”(JENNY BARCHFIELD)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Apacer upgrades to new-generation DDR4-2666 memory modules

first_imgThe rapid confluence of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have not only fueled an increasing demand for various smart application and smart devices and servers, but also increased performance demand in computing power and transfer speed. In response to the successive upgrade in Intel’s and AMD’s servers, desktop processors, and mobile processors platforms, as well as the increased support of adaptation of the DDR4-2666 specification, Apacer has outpaced its competitors in the mass production of DDR4-2666 memory modules for server and industry applications. Apacer’s DDR4-2666 memory is compatible with the latest Intel Purley and AMD EPYC processor platforms, fully highlighting the company’s ambition to the top supplier for the long-awaited overhaul in the global server market and officially propelling industrial memory into the high-performance, high-bandwidth realm of DDR4-2666.Apacer anticipates fully demonstrating the high-performance, high-speed, and high-stability features of its products, thereby satisfying customer requirements. DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, predicts that the global shipping volume of servers could reach 5.53% in 2018 amidst industrial transformation and the rising popularity of smart applications, which would drive growth in server memory of up to 28.6%. That growth would top all memory products. The strong demand for server memory is not only fueled by the server demands of data centers but also associated with the upgrade of Intel and AMD server platforms. Apacer’s comprehensive upgrade of server and industrial memory modules to the DDR4-2666 specification not only caters to the next generation of server platforms, specifically, Intel Purley and AMD EYPC, but also increases transfer rates to 2666 M/s, which is 11% higher than the previous-generation DDR4-2400 specification. The new-generation memory modules outperform the older generation in speed, efficiency, and power conservation.Apacer’s modules are compatible with a variety of products and meet JEDEC memory specifications. They support UDIMM, SODIMM, RDIMM, LRDIMM, ECC UDIMM, and ECC SODIMM specifications and range from 2 GB to 64 GB capacity choices. These products are targeted to satisfy the replacement demands of servers, industrial computers, and smart devices. By taking advantage of its dominance in vertical application markets, such as IoT, healthcare, transportation, national defense, and gaming, and drawing on its superior customization capabilities and immense industrial experiences, Apacer aims to preemptively gain a leading position in this wave of smart innovative development and be fully prepared for era of DDR4-2666.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Module solution for Industrial EthernetNext IAR Systems acquires Secure Thingzlast_img read more

FIFA 19 TOTW: Ronaldo, Aguero & Higuain included

first_imgGoalscorers lead the way in this week’s FUT Team of the Week.Argentines Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain and Portuguse Cristiano Ronaldo hit seven between them for their clubs.Aguero bagged a hat trick in Manchester City’s Premier League win over Arsenal and Higuain scored twice for Chelsea in the 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ronaldo did not finish on the winning side, but his double for Juventus helped them secure a 3-3 Serie A draw with Parma.Also from Serie A, AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly feature, while Willi Orban (RB Leipzig) and Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen) represent the Bundesliga.There are two players from Turkey’s Super Lig – Edin Visca of İstanbul Basaksehir and Shinji Kagawa, on loan at Besiktas from Borussia Dortmund.Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is another Premier League representative, while Cesc Fabregas makes a quick impact at Ligue 1 Monaco after his move from Arsenal.See the full squad and below…FIFA TOTWSTARTING XIGK – Gianluigi Donnaruma – AC MilanCB – Willi Orban – RB LeipzigCB – Kalidou Koulibaly – NapoliLM – Ben Chilwell – LeicesterCM – Cesc Fabregas – MonacoCM – Julian Brandt – Bayer LeverkusenRM – Edin Visca – İstanbul BasaksehirCAM – Shinji Kagawa – BesiktasST – Sergio Aguero – Manchester CityST- Gonzalo Higuain – ChelseaST – Cristiano Ronaldo – JuventusBENCHGK – Martin Campana – IndependienteRB – Ruben Pena – EibarCAM – Kostas Fourtounis – OlympiacosLW – Gervinho – ParmaST – Josh King – BournemouthST – Alfreo Finnbogason – FC AugsburgST – Luuk De Jong – PSV EindhovenRESERVESLM – Mislav Orsic – Dinamo ZagrebCAM – Bobby Reid – Cardiff CityST – Ricky van Wolfswinkel – BaselST – Oliver McBurnie – Swansea CityST – Mousa Dembele – Lyonlast_img read more

Delhi Police probes fraudulent racket

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has registered a case on the complaint of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India asking them to probe fraudulent racket.According to police, the case was registered on June 11 on the complaint from MHA. The complaint had come to police with the subject regarding cyber fraud received from Finance Secretary. “Sir I am directed to enclose a copy of note dated 31.10.2018 along with enclosures received from Finance Secretary addressed to Home Secretary relating to fraud racket operated by the culprits to dupe innocent people,” the complainant told the police. Also Read – Minor boy found hanging from tree in Jasola areaAn email received to the ministry there was an enquiry regarding a letter in which Revenue Secretary has been shown as the signatory of this letter. “It seems that fraudulent racket run by somebody to dupe people of their hard earned money,” the complainant wrote. A case under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating),471 (Using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record]), 120 B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code has been registered and further investigation is going on to get clues in the case. In another case, the EOW has booked three-person including director of a company for cheating. The complainant in the case has also alleged that bank officials help the suspects in the case.last_img read more

YouTube testing new interface with larger buttons

first_imgSan Francisco: With larger and easier-to-interact buttons, Google-owned content sharing platform YouTube is testing a revamped user interface (UI) for the “Up Next” videos on Android. This new interface is more straightforward with larger touch targets. In the top-left corner is a numeric countdown that specifies how many seconds are remaining before the next video begins. The biggest enhancement are two large, side-by-side buttons to “Cancel” or “Play Now.” The latter is lighter in colour, while the former action can also be accomplished by an “X” in the top-right corner of the screen, 9To5Google reported on Sunday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year A larger preview thumbnail is included as part of the test interface, with title and uploader details next to it. Besides, the new cancel button is much easier to tap. So far, the test interface has only been spotted on YouTube app version 14.31.50. In a bid to curb the spread of hateful and racist comments on its platform, earlier in June, YouTube began experimenting with hiding video comments by default in India.last_img read more

Time is tight Indigenous child welfare legislation stalled due to complaints from

first_imgFormer Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announces Canada’s plan to co-develop new child welfare legislation, as national Indigenous leaders look on. APTN file photo.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government is facing opposition from First Nations across the country on a draft of its child welfare legislation according to the grand chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians.Joel Abram said a draft of the proposed legislation was shared with a working group of First Nations about a week and a half ago.The next day the Trudeau government was told it wasn’t good enough and Abram said it looks to be more of a “feel good” bill.“We are all pretty clear on two parts,” said Abram Wednesday morning. “One is the jurisdiction and the other is having the funding fully legislated in there.”He couldn’t discuss details of the draft bill, however its intent is to hand over jurisdiction to First Nations and Abram said it falls short of that.“We are encouraging the government to let go of the wheel,” said Abram. “There’s nothing in there that is going to compel the government to fund (First Nations).”But since offering its complaints, Abram said they haven’t seen another draft and don’t expect to until it’s tabled in the House of Commons.They’ve been given a drop dead date of Feb. 18 for the bill to be tabled and still have time to reach royal assent. News of the complaints from First Nations was first reported by CBC Wednesday morning.“I hope it is not dead,” said Cindy Blackstock, who also got to see a draft of the bill based on her Canadian Human Rights Tribunal action that continues to fight for equal rights for First Nations children.“I hope it has the affirmation of self-determination and statutory base for substantively equitable funding included when it is released. We will have to see but I agree time is tight.”Talks between the government and leadership continues said Abram.Abram was trying to reach the Prime Minister’s Office Wednesday and Minister Seamus O’Regan was supposed to be talking to Ontario regional chief RoseAnne Archibald.He also said they thought the bill was going to be announced yesterday with the Indigenous Languages Act.A spokesperson with Indigenous Services Canada says the bill will be tabled shortly.“We are working diligently so that we can introduce Indigenous child and family services legislation shortly. However, we must also ensure that critical feedback from partners is incorporated.“This is important, and we want to make sure we get it right.”The legislation was first announced at a media conference in late November. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then said in December to expect it in late January.It’s not known when the bill will be tabled.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Minnesota approves Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota regulators on Thursday approved Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, angering opponents who say the project threatens pristine areas and have vowed Standing Rock-style protests if needed to block it.All five members of the Public Utilities Commission backed the project, though some cited heavy trepidation, and a narrow majority later approved the company’s preferred route despite opposition from American Indian tribes and climate change activists.Several commissioners cited the deteriorating condition of the existing line , which was built in the 1960s, as a major factor in their decision.“It’s irrefutable that that pipeline is an accident waiting to happen,” Commissioner Dan Lipschultz said ahead of the vote. “It feels like a gun to our head … All I can say is the gun is real and it’s loaded.”Pipeline opponents reacted angrily when it became clear commissioners would approve the project. Tania Aubid, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, stood and shouted, “You have just declared war on the Ojibwe!” Brent Murcia, of the group Youth Climate Intervenors, added: “We will not let this stand.”Opponents argue that the pipeline risks spills in fragile areas in northern Minnesota, including where American Indians harvest wild rice. Ojibwe Indians, or Anishinaabe, consider wild rice sacred and central to their culture.Winona LaDuke, founder of Honor the Earth, said opponents would use every regulatory means possible to stop the project — and threatened mass protests if necessary.“They have gotten their Standing Rock,” she said, referring to protests that drew thousands of people to neighbouring North Dakota to rally against the Dakota Access pipeline.Others welcomed Thursday’s vote, including Bob Schoneberger, founder of Minnesotans for Line 3. He said Minnesota needs the line now “and will need it even more into the future.”In a statement Thursday night, Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco said the company is “pleased” with the commission’s decision.“Replacing Line 3 is first and foremost about the safety and integrity of this critical energy infrastructure,” Monaco said.After commissioners agreed the pipeline upgrade was needed, the commission voted 3-2 in favour of a slightly modified version of Enbridge’s preferred route. The company wanted to depart from the existing pipeline to largely avoid two American Indian reservations currently crossed.The PUC’s modification does clip a portion of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa’s land in order to avoid going close to a culturally sensitive lake. Commissioners said they would adjust the route if the band doesn’t agree.Tribal lawyers had reluctantly backed an alternative route that went much farther south as the least bad option.After the commission’s work is formalized in the next few weeks, opponents may file motions asking it to reconsider. After that, they can appeal the decision to the state Court of Appeals.Several commissioners said the issue was difficult. Chairwoman Nancy Lange choked up and took off her glasses to wipe her eyes as she described her reasoning for approving the project. Another commissioner, Katie Sieben, said it was “so tough because there is no good outcome.”The pipeline currently runs from Alberta, Canada, across North Dakota and Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge has said it needs to replace the pipeline because it’s increasingly subject to corrosion and cracking, and that it would continue to run Line 3 if regulators rejected its proposal.Much of the debate has focused on whether Minnesota and Midwest refineries need the extra oil. Enbridge currently runs Line 3 at about half its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day for safety reasons, and currently uses it only to carry light crude.The project’s opponents, including the Minnesota Department of Commerce, have argued that the refineries don’t need it because demand for oil and petroleum products will fall in the coming years as people switch to electric cars and renewable energy sources. Opposition groups also argue that much of the additional oil would eventually flow to overseas buyers.Enbridge and its customers strongly dispute the lack of need in the region . They said Line 3’s reduced capacity is already forcing the company to severely ration space on its pipeline network, and that failure to restore its capacity would force oil shippers to rely more on trains and trucks, which are more expensive and less safe. Business and labour groups support the proposal for the jobs and economic stimulus.The Public Utilities Commission’s decision likely won’t be the final word in a long, contentious process that has included numerous public hearings and the filings of thousands of pages of documents since 2015. Lange said earlier this year that the dispute was likely to end up in court, regardless of what the commission decides.Opponents have threatened a repeat of the protests on the Standing Rock Reservation against the Dakota Access pipeline, in which Enbridge owns a stake. Those protests in 2016 and 2017 resulted in sometimes violent skirmishes with law enforcement and more than 700 arrests.Enbridge has already replaced the short segment of Line 3 in Wisconsin and put it into service. Construction is underway on the short segment that crosses northeastern North Dakota and on the longer section from Alberta to the U.S. border, and Enbridge plans to continue that work. Enbridge has estimated the overall cost of the project at $7.5 billion, including $2.6 billion for the U.S. segment.___For the latest developments on this story: https://bit.ly/2yReJI7last_img read more

Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new Japan bitcoin tech business

TOKYO — Mark Karpeles, arrested in Japan after his bitcoin exchange collapsed from massive hacking, has started a business around the same computer technology that led to his legal troubles.Karpeles told reporters Wednesday he wants to help make Japan a global leader in blockchain, the technology behind virtual money like bitcoin. His new company, registered in Japan, aims to create a new, secure operating system that is much faster than those currently in use, he said.The 34-year-old Frenchman said his goal was to help Japan to regain its lead in technology, which it has lost to American companies like Apple, Amazon and Facebook over the past several decades.“My love for Japan has not changed,” Karpeles said at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.“Japan used to be engineering superpower in terms of its PCs but right now, taking the cloud for example, it’s the U.S. that dominates. But I still believe in the potential Japan has and I would like to develop that,” he said.Karpeles, a computer prodigy with an interest in Japanese animation and games, moved to Japan in 2009. He was arrested in 2015 after Mt. Gox collapsed, and spent 11 months in detention. He was cleared of embezzlement and fraud allegations in March, but is appealing a conviction on charges of manipulating electronic data.Since Karpeles received a suspended sentence he is not serving jail time. Prosecutors had demanded 10 years in prison. Karpeles said all along that he was innocent.Bitcoin has been a legal form of payment in Japan since April 2017, and a handful of major retailers already accept bitcoin payments.Karpeles shook his head “No” when asked if he has any cryptocurrencies. They carry high risks, he said. He has likened them in the past to musical chairs for 10,000 people.“I wouldn’t say I’m rich today,” he said.But Karpeles said he believes blockchain is still useful for cashless payments, cloud solutions and new areas called “smart contracts,” or digital transactions.It’s unclear where the millions lost in the Mt. Gox hacking and collapse have gone. Mt. Gox still had about 200,000 bitcoins left in a separate storage location after 850,000, worth several hundred million dollars at the time, disappeared in 2014. Those are under the control of trustees managing its bankruptcy proceedings.A main suspect is Alexander Vinnik, a Russian who has been indicted by a California grand jury on suspicion he used funds from the Mt. Gox hack for money laundering. The U.S., France and Russia have sought Vinnik’s extradition.Karpeles’ lawyer, Nobuyasu Ogata, said the verdict in his case highlights legal gray areas for cryptocurrency crimes. He expects a verdict later this year.While he continues to hope to find the missing bitcoins, Karpeles is putting his formidable technical skills to use as chief technology officer of his new company, Tokyo-based Tristan Technologies Co.And in a society that tends to ostracize people who have had run-ins with the law, he said he was starting over “from zero.”___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Opinion Ohio States JT Barrett could spark memories of Craig Krenzel

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLooking back at the past 15 years, the Ohio State football program fielded a string of incredibly athletic and highly talented quarterbacks — and then there is Craig Krenzel.Krenzel was certainly a very good quarterback for the Buckeyes, but it’s easy to call him the fourth-best quarterback to play for OSU since the turn of the century. While he is one of the smartest players ever to don the Scarlet and Gray, Krenzel will never be grouped together with Troy Smith as an all-time great, or Terrelle Pryor as an otherworldly athlete.Even as a decorated player at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, Mich., it’s unlikely anyone expected Krenzel to step on the field at OSU and leave with the massive success he had.In his best season, Krenzel never threw more than 15 touchdowns or more than 2,110 yards, and he never rushed for more than 368 yards=. He didn’t win a Heisman Trophy like Smith and he didn’t win back-to-back Chicago Tribune Big Ten MVP awards like current senior Braxton Miller.But he did something else none of them did: win a National Championship.After completing just five passes on nine attempts as a freshman in 2000, Krenzel found himself thrust into a starting role as a sophomore when starter Steve Bellisari was suspended after being arrested for drunk driving. Krenzel’s first start came against then-No. 11 Michigan, when the Buckeyes were unranked, and he led the team to a 26-20 victory on Nov. 24, 2001.It wasn’t pretty — Krenzel threw for just 118 yards and no touchdowns with one interception — but he got the job done. He then went on to lead the Buckeyes to an undefeated 14-0 record in 2002, capped off with a 31-24 double-overtime win against Miami in the BCS National Championship Game.Former OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel speaks to students in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Oct. 17, 2013. Credit: Katie Riccardella / Ohio UnionKrenzel went on to play six games for the Chicago Bears, including five starts, during the 2004 NFL season. He is now a motivational speaker and part-time commentator on WBNS 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.While it’s unknown where his career will go, a certain redshirt-freshman quarterback for the 2014 Buckeyes is seeing his time as a starter begin similarly to how Krenzel’s did.J.T. Barrett will certainly have bigger shoes to fill than Krenzel did after Miller went down with a torn labrum in fall camp, but he’s still an untested player filling in for a team that had championship aspirations.Just like Krenzel, Barrett won’t overwhelm you with his athleticism, but he has the ability to take off and run if that’s what the play needs. He’s even been dubbed “the distributor” by teammates, which is more or less the only thing Krenzel was really asked to do. Both have been praised for their leadership ability, and both were thrust into the starting lineup before their time had truly come.Barrett even wears Krenzel’s old No. 16.While there’s no telling where Barrett’s career will end up — and it could very well never live up to the success Krenzel had — the parallels are undeniable as he starts to build his legacy.While Krenzel’s first true test came against archrival Michigan, Barrett’s first start is set to come against Navy Saturday in Baltimore. But he’ll certainly be hoping for the same result the former Buckeye signal caller had back in November 2001. read more

Police investigate theory abducted boy was getting scolded by a parent

first_imgOne, he said, is that the incident is “exactly as portrayed and reported and that a child has been abducted from the roadside”.The second, he added, is that the adult seen bundling the child into a black van was a relative or guardian and that they were involved in some kind of row with the boy.Det Supt Edwards said: “The second theory we are operating, again this a heartfelt plea for anyone who may have information in support of it, if you were at that location and involved in an incident on Thursday with your own child or a child that you are connected to, we would urge you to come forward and make contact immediately so we can scale the investigation back and offer messages of reassurance to the public.” Police investigating the suspected kidnapping of a child are exploring a second theory – that the boy was being told off by a parent.Surrey Police launched a massive investigation after receiving reports that a young boy, aged around six or seven, was forced into a black van against his will.But since the alleged incident, in Redhill on Thursday afternoon, they have not received any reports of missing children.Detective Superintendent Chris Edwards admitted they are working on two theories. Det Supt Chris Edwards has said that police are investigating two theories Det Supt Chris Edwards has said that police are investigating two theoriesCredit:PA 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.center_img Det Supt Edwards insisted that he has complete faith in the witness’s account of what they had seen despite the fact that nobody else has come forward to say they also saw the incident.He said the witness was credible and that he had been spoken to more than once, but they have no idea if the ‘abductor’ was male or female.He said that the child was forced against their will into the van but added that there had not been a struggle.Police have had 130 calls from the public about the incident so far and continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward. The bike was found in Redhill, Surrey, but was later said to have been ‘kicking around for a couple of days’ The bike was found in Redhill, Surrey, but was later said to have been ‘kicking around for a couple of days’Credit: Surrey Policelast_img read more

BlackBerry PlayBook gets 13 million songs with 7digital deal

first_imgIn an attempt to compete with the might of Apple, RIM has managed to secure a deal that will see 7digital’s music store preloaded on to the forthcoming Playbook tablet. In turn this will give users access to about 13 million pay-per-track songs.This should not be too much of a surprise given that 7digital has been popular on RIM’s phones in Europe, and more specifically it was available as part of Vodafone UK’s distribution plans. Back in 2009 it was also released to the US market as a DRM-free music store.The music deal is of course an attempt by RIM to try and compete with the iTunes music store as offered on the iPad, because lets face it, Blackberry has never been a consumer-focused media provider, it’s about business customers first and foremost.Checking out the 7digital store recently I noted that prices in most cases started at $0.99 per single and an average of $9.99 for top selling albums (though some albums like the Lady Gaga Remix were selling at $7.77 and they do have $5 albums as well). Compared to iTunes the single prices certainly come out better, as most of the iTunes singles go for $1.29. Mind you, album prices are more in line.RIM has also been making additional deals to cater for basic content on the platform. For example, they have signed up Kobo as the main driving force behind their bookstore, although the book selection is not as varied as on the iBooks store, but it does have a nice phone and desktop interface. As for games, RIM has turned to EA.The PlayBook is due out late this month if all goes to plan, which is wise given that Apple will be stealing all the limelight when they release the iPad 2 in the next few days.Read more at Electronistalast_img read more

European Extremely Large Telescope will be worlds biggest eye on the sky

first_imgWould you look at the size of that thing! Pictured above is the European Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT for short. ELT’s are a priority for the world’s astronomers because they are going to be able to reveal things that we have never seen before by giving scientists a mammoth viewing lens into the night sky.When they call this thing large, they mean it. The lens alone is going to be 40 meters wide, which is 131 feet and some change. It will be the largest lens on the planet, and will be capable of giving us a new view of distant space. Apparently it will be able to capture images that are 15x sharper than Hubble.One of the priorities for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is to track down Earth-like planets, as well as planets in habitable zones. In addition, the ESO will be focusing on super-massive black holes, working to uncover more information on dark matter and its dispersal in the universe.The lens itself it an interesting feat of engineering, as it is not going to be one solid piece of glass. It probably is not a good idea to create a piece of that size anyway, as can you imagine trying to fit that in the back of your truck to transport it out to the site?  The ESO can’t either, so in a move that is both saving them money, and making it easier to transport and install, they have split the lens up into 798 hexagonal segments. Thus creating a situation where they are ordering glass in bulk to drop the price, and making it easier on the poor guy/team that has to install it.It is going to be exciting when the ESO finishes the E-ELT, planned to be some time around the end of the decade, as the discoveries that await it are sure to produce some awesome imagery. Check out the video trailer for the project below.More at the European Southern Observatorylast_img read more

Dave Bautista appears on Live with Kelly and Ryan to promote his

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2 killed as gunman takes hostages in France

first_imgPolice are seen at the scene of a hostage situation in a supermarket in Trebes, Aude, France 23 March, 2018 in this picture obtained from a social media video. Photo: ReutersAt least two people were killed after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group opened fire and took hostages at a supermarket in southwest France on Friday.A security source said the two were killed in the attack at a Super U store in the town of Trebes.Armed police were also responding to the earlier shooting of a policeman in the town of Carcassonne, 15 minutes drive away, which took place at around 11 am (1000 GMT).It was unclear if the two incidents were linked.In Trebes, a picturesque medieval town of around 5,000 people, the man “entered the Super U supermarket at around 11.15 am and shots were heard,” a source told AFP on condition of anonymity.A witness reported he shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) before going into the premises, the source added.- Site off-limits -The gunman claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, the local prosecutor’s office said, and the incident was being treated as a terror attack.Local authorities tweeted that the area around the supermarket was off-limits to the public, while Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it was a “serious” incident.The shootings come with France still on high alert after a string of jihadist attacks since 2015, starting in January that year with the assault on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.France also suffered major attacks in Paris in November 2015 when IS jihadists killed 130 people in bombings and shootings at bars, restaurants, the Bataclan concert venue and the national stadium.In July 2016, in another attack claimed by IS, a man drove a truck through revellers celebrating Bastille Day in the Riviera resort of Nice, killing 84 people.A state of emergency put in place just after the Paris attacks was finally lifted in October last year, but soldiers continue to patrol major tourist sites and transport hubs under an anti-terror mission.If the link to Islamic State is confirmed, the hostage-taking would be the first deadly attack in France since October, when two young women were stabbed to death outside Marseille’s main train station.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb was heading to the scene, he wrote on Twitter.The area of southwest France where Friday’s shootings took place has been scarred by Islamic extremism before.In 2012, Mohamed Merah shot dead seven people including three Jewish schoolchildren in the nearby city of Toulouse.last_img read more

Malta rescues 180 migrants

first_imgMalta on Monday pulled 180 migrants to safety from two boats in distress, while 49 more were stuck in limbo at sea as the weather worsened in the Mediterranean.An army patrol boat picked up 28 migrants from a dinghy some 71 nautical miles southwest of Malta before plucking another 152 people from a wooden boat to the south.The rescues followed the recovery by Malta Sunday of 69 migrants on a wooden boat which had run into trouble.Meanwhile, the UN’s refugee agency said time was “running out” for 49 people rescued by NGO boats but denied a safe port in Europe, some of whom have been stranded at sea for over a week.The NGOs — the German Sea-Eye and Dutch Sea-Watch — called for “an immediate solution for those being held hostage by European States, who are denying them a safe port”.”With the weather conditions forecast to worsen this evening, a solution must be found by the end of 2018 in order to prevent placing people’s heath at further risk,” they said in a joint statement.The German-flagged professor Albrecht Penck ship has 17 migrants from West Africa on board who were rescued on Saturday in international waters off Libya.At the same time, the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3 has 32 migrants rescued on December 22 including three young children, three unaccompanied adolescents and four women from Nigeria, Libya and Ivory Coast.While Italy, Malta, Spain and the Netherlands have refused to accept the Sea-Watch 3 migrants, several German cities have offered to take them in.On Saturday a government spokesman said Germany would only accept some of the migrants if other European countries also agreed to do so.Last week, a newborn baby and his mother were helicoptered from a boat to Malta.”The negotiations over which country takes them in must happen only once those rescued are brought safety to land,” UNHCR special envoy Vincent Cochetel said.More than 1,300 migrants have died trying to reach Italy or Malta via the central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The Italian interior ministry said Monday that the number of 2018 arrivals in Italy was down over 80 per cent compared with 2017 at just 23,370.The biggest number came from Tunisia, followed by Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.In mid-2017, departures from Libya dropped after a controversial deal between Italy and the war-torn North African country.A campaign against the NGO rescue organisations peaked in June this year with far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini’s “closed-ports” policy aimed at ending all rescue operations, including military ones.last_img read more