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The Sad Tyranny of an Inbound-Only Approach to Winning Clients


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 Each of us is a prisoner to our beliefs. Our beliefs shape our interpretation of reality, as well as what we believe is good and right and true. Our interpretation can constrain our thoughts, and those thoughts can restrict our actions, even when other people have different beliefs, ones that increase their choices instead of limiting them. Those constraints can be a form of self-imposed tyranny.For the last decade, since Web 2.0 and the advent of the social channels, there has been a significant push towards Inbound Marketing. The ability to create and share content to share with your prospective clients changed marketing, eliminating the need for a budget, an agency, or most importantly, permission to publish. For the better part of this period, salespeople, sales leaders, and sales organizations have been sold the idea that Inbound is more effective than Outbound, with the loudest voices suggesting that outbound and cold outreach is no longer necessary. They have also suggested that salespeople and sales organizations that employ an outbound approach will soon be out of business, that no one will work with people companies that use cold outreach.Inbound-only is not a strategy that any salesperson or sales organization should consider. The result is an opportunity-starved sales force, and on that is reliant on others. 100 Pieces of ContentRecently, a well-known social media marketer suggested that people create 100 pieces of content, a strategy this individual executes perfectly, with help from a large team and a massive investment of both time and money. The inbound-only proponents applauded the idea as an excellent idea. While it might be helpful for an individual working to develop a well-recognized brand, and a terrible idea for salespeople, and one that would be impossible to execute.Imagine a sales force of 200 salespeople. Each salesperson creates a single blog post each week. First, someone is going to have to approve the content, another person will have to edit the content, marketing will have to vet the content, and in many industries, legal will have to consent to the publication. There is no reason for a sales force to create 10,400 pieces of content a year, and there is no marketing professional who approves a strategy that would create confusion and chaos.Let’s set aside this extreme misinterpretation of a strategy for personal brand building as a sales strategy, and look at the real problem with an inbound-only approach.Passivity and WaitingNothing about selling lends itself to passivity or waiting. The idea that one must sit patiently, waiting for content to bring them leads and opportunities might be one of the most debilitating and destructive beliefs to take hold in some organizations. The idea that content will cause people to beat a path to your door is every salesperson’s dream; what could be easier than merely taking orders? What could be better?There is a reason we use the word “hunter” to describe salespeople. It signifies one that has to go out work to be able to feed themselves. We ‘don’t describe salespeople as fishermen or fisherwomen; the idea that someone would put a line in the water and wait for a bite, no matter how long it takes, and no matter how hungry they might be is a non-starter. For many reasons, there is no waiting in sales. Unlike most other areas of business, salespeople have a quota, a time-bound goal. With each day that slips by without the salesperson creating new opportunities, the deadline gets closer. Waiting is a dangerous strategy and a choice that isn’t available to salespeople or companies that intend to grow. A Detrimental Reliance on OthersSome people with sales titles believe that inbound should replace outbound, that it is marketing’s responsibility to bring them leads. When salespeople complain about leads not being qualified, what they are suggesting is that marketing should bring them “opportunities,” a prospect that is “ready-to-buy.” Marketing has its metrics and goals, and “new opportunities” ‘isn’t likely to be found among them. The idea that a salesperson should rely on marketing is to misunderstand the difference in the roles and goals.Not only does an inbound-only approach cause one to rely on marketing, but it also requires them to rely heavily on luck (even though Luck loves a hustler and ignores non-hustlers). Inbound requires your dream client to open their browser, navigate to a search engine, and type it some keyword that an algorithm directs to your website. You have to rely on your client searching, the algorithm to deliver them to you, and the content to cause them to reach out to you proactively.A Sad Form of TyrannyThe idea that your results are not within your control or influence is an unhealthy belief, and especially harmful for salespeople. Having to wait for someone else to proactively reach out to them before being able to engage with a person or company who would benefit from their help is to accept that you have no agency, that you are nothing more than a victim of circumstances beyond your control.There is no question that inbound marketing is important, that it should be done and done well, and that it is a powerful form of marketing that can and does help sales organizations. But inbound is ancillary to an effective outbound approach, one that includes cold outreach. Outbound is greater than Inbound. last_img read more


Asia Cup T20: India ready for unpredictable Bangladesh in summit clash


first_imgIndia, unstoppable so far with clinical performances, will square off against a passionate and sprightly Bangladesh in their quest for continental supremacy in the final of the Asia Cup tomorrow. Also read: India can take on any team in T20 format, says Dhoni On paper, India are overwhelming favourites as the ICC rankings (India’s 1st vs Bangladesh’s 10th) suggests. But it counts for little in the shortest format, wherein the complexion of the game can change in a matter of one over.A master plot always has sub-plots and this final will be no different. There will be little testing battles, which promise to make it an intriguing summit clash.Whether it is Tamim Iqbal’s flamboyance against Jasprit Bumrah’s surprise element or young Soumya Sarkar’s cavalier approach against Ashish Nehra’s years of experience, there are enough ingredients for a heady battle.Ravichandran Ashwin’s guile against Sabbir Rahaman’s conventional yet dangerously attacking batsmanship or Rohit Sharma’s artistry against Taskin Ahmed’s youthful exuberance can also be a spectator’s delight.The only missing link will be Mustafizur Rahman, out with a Grade I side strain. Also read: Image of Taskin Ahmed carrying Dhoni’s severed head goes viral However, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be looking at a bigger picture as the Asian title will mark the perfect preparation before the ICC World Twenty20 at home.His opposite number Mashrafe Mortaza is not at all looking that far ahead as an Asian title will mean a watershed moment for T20 cricket in the country and a solid boost before they face the Netherlands and Ireland in the qualifying round of the marquee event in picturesque Dharamsala.advertisementIt will be a battle between a team full of T20 specialists against a team which has learnt to consistently punch above its weight. And with the partisan supporters creating an awful din, it will not be an easy job for Dhoni and his men when Mortaza’s boys try to put them under the pump in a floodlit Sher-e-Bangla stadium.For Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli – playing a big final is not new. They have been there and done that before.For Mashrafe, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, the taste of a title win is something alien. They came very near to it in 2012 when Pakistan crossed the final hurdle as Mahmudullah Riyadh choked in the final overs. Also read: Mashrafe Mortaza hints retirement after World Twenty20 The same Mahmudullah is a ‘man of big occasions’ for Bangladesh as he has more than redeemed himself with that boundary off Anwar Ali to take his team to the final. But then, no one remembers the second best and Dhoni knows that too well. He will leave no stone unturned to emerge victorious before embarking on his journey to reclaim the World T20 trophy.Both teams have done well in the tournament but India have looked the most complete side and in skipper’s words, “a balanced side with all bases covered.”With nine wins out of 10, the Indian juggernaut has been rolling since the start of the T20 series against Australia, that begun in Adelaide. But the 11th match will be a tricky test more so because it is being played on Bangladesh’s home turf.The hostile crowd can create pressure on youngsters like Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, playing their first final for India. But both boys have had the experience of playing under pressure in the Indian Premier League which will come in handy. After giving the reserve bench an opportunity, India are expected to be bring back their usual playing XI. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are expected to open the innings.While Rohit has been the top-scorer among the Indians with 137 runs, Dhawan so far has looked shaky despite full backing from his captain. Kohli, with two man of the match performances under his belt, will look to end the tournament on a high with another significant contribution.Suresh Raina is expected to fare better if the pitch does not have a lot of bounce and carry while Yuvraj has got back into the groove with couple of good knocks against Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.In case Bangladesh opts for a slower wicket, his left-arm spin will also come in handy.Skipper Dhoni has given a good account of himself so far despite not being hundred per cent fit in first few matches but he will be tested if the top-order collapses and he is compelled to come by the 10th over. Pandya has shown his big hitting prowess in the match against Bangladesh. Although he has got some success with ball having bagged seven wickets so far, he has not done well with willow after the game against hosts.advertisementThat will certainly spur him to do well against the Bangladeshis, against whom he scored 31 off 18 balls in the opening game of the tournament. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Nehra will come back and take their places in the playing XI.Bangladesh are also expected to retain the XI that played against Pakistan, the other night. In absence of Mustafizur, it is expected that the home team will go with two spinners. Arafat Sunny, who took two crucial wickets against Pakistan, is expected to keep his place in the side.last_img read more


32,077 rapes reported in 2015: Govt


first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) A total of 32,077 rape cases were reported in 2015 across the country, Rajya Sabha was told today.”As per information provided by National Crime Records Bureau, a total of 32,077 cases of rape reported, out of which 1,706 were gang rapes during 2015,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said.The Minister said the central government has set up a central victim compensation fund under the Ministry of Home Affairs for assisting and supporting victim compensation schemes of states and union territories with an initial corpus of Rs 200 crore. PTI ACB RCJ RT RCJlast_img


Paes, Bopanna went in cold into the Olympics: Bhupathi


first_imgMumbai, Aug 29 (PTI) Ace doubles player Leander Paes and his big-serving partner Rohan Bopanna did not practise or play enough together to give themselves a decent chance to win a medal in the mens doubles event at the Rio Olympic Games, said the formers ex-partner Mahesh Bhupathi today. “The (mens) doubles team was definitely under-prepared, in fact there no preparation – thats the right word. They did not practise, did not play any matches together. Even when Leander and me were not playing on tour in 2004 and 2008 (Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing), we always came together, played a couple of tournaments together. Thats what the Olympics demands,” said Bhupathi here at the Khar Gymkhana here. Paes, who played in his seventh Olympics, and Bopanna crashed out after losing their first round match in straight sets against the Polish pair of Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski.”We (he and Paes) won three hundred matches on (ATP) tour, (but) we (still) made an effort to do it. This time they went in cold. Obviously one (doubles) match against a dilapidated Korean Davis Cup team is not the way to prepare for the Olympics,” said Bhupathi on the sidelines of the 11Even Sports Inter Schools Maharashtra table tennis tournament where he was the chief guest at the inauguration.”That (medal) was never going to happen in the doubles. Our best bet was mixed (doubles), but unfortunately we (India) came close, but it did not happen,” said the 42-year-old Bhupathi who has won three mens doubles and four mixed doubles titles in Grand Slam tournaments.advertisementHe was referring to Bopanna and Sania Mirzas loss in the semi-finals against the scratch US combine of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram.They then lost in the bronze medal play-off too to finish outside the medal bracket.Asked whether he was disappointed at the controversial build-up around Indias mens doubles team in the run-up to the Games and just before the duo stepped on court, Mahesh said he was happy things did not escalate.”Everybody expected it. Everyone was keeping quiet till it actually surfaced. I am happy it did not get out of hand,” he said. PTI SSR NRB AH AHlast_img read more


India vs Australia: Glenn Maxwell focussed on consistency as World Cup approaches


first_imgGlenn Maxwell is still not sure if he would be in Australia’s World Cup-bound squad but a few more innings like the half-century in a winning cause against India in the first T20 international will certainly bolster his case.Maxwell scored 56 off 43 balls in Australia’s three-wicket win off the last ball but is far from being guaranteed a place in the 15-member squad.”I have no idea if I am going to be in that World Cup squad or what number I’m going to bat, so I suppose it just comes down to opportunity — if I can keep making most of the opportunities like tonight,” Maxwell said at the post-match press conference.However, he agreed that he would have to not just contribute but also close in a few more matches.”If I can turn those sort of innings into not-out, 75-ish, and be consistent that way, I think I can probably go a long way in pencilling my name for the World Cup and hopefully continue that job for the rest of this year,” Maxwell said.The touring Australian teams over the years have struggled when it came to tight finishes and that’s precisely the reason why the last-ball victory in the first T20 International will help them build momentum, feels Glenn Maxwell.Maxwell was a key contributor in Australia’s last-ball win with a 43-ball-56 but it was the pace bowling pair of Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins, who won the match for Australia taking 14 off Umesh Yadav’s final over.advertisement”A lot of times when you come over here and you get into these close games and you lose them so often. The home crowd can get behind the team and you can lose. It can just put your momentum back,” Maxwell said at the post-match news conference.”Probably, we got ourselves into trouble by the last over. Probably, we should have lost if it wasn’t for Cummins and Richardson. It was outstanding. It can just bring the whole group together,” Maxwell said.The win will be a great confidence booster for the unit ahead of the World Cup as they try to build the momentum.”To have a result like this on our first game on tour is great for our confidence and something that we can hopefully ride and build the momentum. Hopefully, we can start off our World Cup preparation on a good note.”Maxwell lauds Pat Cummins for holding nerves in final overFrom being 89 for 2 inside 14 overs, Maxwell’s dismissal triggered a collapse and India pacer Jasprit Bumrah almost made it out of their reach in a sizzling penultimate over.Bumrah removed Peter Handscomb and then yorked Nathan Coulter-Nile in the next ball, in an over he conceded just two runs.”I did mention to Finchy (skipper Aaron Finch) that if anyone can, it would Pat Cummins. For him to keep a cool head, hit a gap on the off-side against a guy (Umesh Yadav) who hit three of the six yorkers, it was just good batting,” he said showering praise on Cummins.Maxwell rued that he could have finished the game and said he still have a lot of work to do to secure a ticket to the World Cup-bound squad, the deadline for which is two months’ away.”It would have been nice to finish it off, but I chose that Chahal (over) as my time to go tonight and I still back that as the right decision.”Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli creates history with 500 T20I runs vs AustraliaAlso Read | MS Dhoni picks up Mayank Markande wrong-un while batsman could notAlso See:last_img read more


Tugboat to Tow HapagLloyds Disabled Boxship to Halifax


first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Tugboat Maersk Mobilizer will help tow Yantian Express, Hapag Lloyd’s disabled containership, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the US Coast Guard said.On January 7, 2019, the 95-meter-long tugboat was en route to the 7,506 TEU boxship which was some 1,015 miles northeast of Bermuda, according to the USCG.The German-flagged container vessel caught fire on January 3 while it was sailing from Colombo to Halifax. The fire started in one container aboard the ship and spread to additional containers.Efforts to extinguish the fire were launched on the same day but they were hampered by bad weather conditions.During the weekend, the ship’s crew members were evacuated to the tugboat Smit Nicobar after the fire increased in intensity.The USCG said the tugboat remained on scene, providing firefighting assistance.“We’ve been monitoring the situation to provide as much assistance as possible and keeping in open communication,” Chief Petty Officer Ryan Langley, operations unit watchstander at the Fifth District command center, said.last_img read more


Businesses Find Allies In The South During ExpoAcadie


first_imgMembers of Nova Scotia’s business community have just returned from an international trade mission in Louisiana with promising leads for new business. The mission was organized by Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) with support from the provincial government’s Office of Acadian Affairs. CDÉNÉ is an organization focused on economic development within the Acadian and francophone community of Nova Scotia. “We’ve made a number of excellent contacts that we’ll be following in the coming weeks and months,” said trade show participant Edgar Samson of Premium Seafoods Limited. “We can see potential for generating new business in the southern U.S. states and beyond as a result of this trip.” The trade mission, Expo-Acadie, brought together more than 80 participants. Twenty-three of those participants were from the Atlantic provinces, about one-third of whom were from Nova Scotia. The businesses represented the construction and environment, agri-foods, arts and crafts, and information technology industries. “The province of Nova Scotia has been hosting cultural exchanges and trade missions with Louisiana for the past 20 years because of their deep cultural and historic ties,” said Acadian Affairs CEO Vaughne Madden, who was in Louisiana for the show. While in Louisiana, Ms. Madden met with officials to offer Nova Scotia’s continued support in the state’s post-hurricane rebuilding efforts. This year’s expo was held at the same time as the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, where an Acadian pavilion helped bring extra exposure to some of the Nova Scotia companies that chose to exhibit. About 300,000 people participated in the annual festival. “We are looking forward to continuing to help foster the relations between the Acadie of the north and the Cajuns of the south,” said CDÉNÉ’s executive director, Julie Oliver. Plans are already underway for the 3rd Expo Acadie, which will be held in Nova Scotia in 2008.last_img read more


Canadian star Tatiana Maslany gets second career Emmy Award nomination


first_imgAdvertisement Canadian Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany has earned her second career Emmy Award nomination.The Regina native got a best actress nod for playing multiple clones in the sci-fi thriller, which airs on Space and BBC America.Maslany was nominated for an Emmy last year and a Golden Globe in 2014. Breakthrough nominations include a best comedy series nod for sophomore black-ish, which brought the African-American family comedy back to network TV, with bids as well for its stars, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Power-and-blood fantasy saga Game of Thrones ruled the Emmy nominations Thursday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, The People v. O.J. Simpson, was close behind with 22 nods.Game of Thrones gets the chance to win its second top Emmy, while Veep, last year’s top comedy winner, also will get another shot at holding office. Twitterlast_img read more


Senegalese Official African Union Will Be Stronger With Moroccos Membership


Casablanca — Fodé Sylla, Ambassador to the Office of the President of Senegal, has said that Morocco’s reintegration into the African Union would make the organization “stronger.”Fodé Sylla, Ambassador to the Office of the President of SenegalIn an interview with the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP) during the COP22 climate change conference, Fodé Sylla, Ambassador to the Office of President Macky Sall of Senegal, expressed his support of Morocco’s efforts to re-enter the African Union after it left it 32 years ago following the organization’s recognition of a “Western Sahara.”“Morocco’s approach to joining the AU is more than legitimate. The Kingdom of Morocco has its place of choice in the African family,” said Sylla, adding that Morocco is one of the founders of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and plays an important role in the continent. Sylla also did not fail to mention that Morocco has shown its commitment time and time again to the African continent, a commitment which was confirmed at the Marrakech COP22 conference, which was held from November 7 to November 18 and attended by more than 40,000 visitors from all over the world.Africa’s role in the battle against climate change was highlighted at the Africa Summit of Action, which was presided by King Mohamed VI and that welcomed more than 50 heads of state. At the summit, the Moroccan monarch declared the need for a more “unified, solid, solidarity and strong Africa.”The fight against climate change is a tough one, and a unified Africa has been a top priority at this COP22. Sylla reiterated the success of COP22 and the conclusions of its final declaration. read more


Second Miner Dies in Jerada Mining Accident in 4 Days


Rabat – The 54-year old miner died only four days after a young miner died in Hassi Belal, near Jerada on Wednesday.Videos of Moroccans condemning the young man’s death went viral last week. The 54-year-old who died Sunday was a former employee and miner at Moroccan Coal Mining (CDM). According to Moroccan television channel 2M, the miner died while he was attempting to extract coal waste in Hassi Belal.Home to protests in 2017 and 2018, Jerada has witnessed the death of several miners.  On December 23, 2017, two informal miners were crushed while mining underground at an abandoned coal mine in Jerada.Another informal miner died while extracting coal from an illegal mine near Jerada when the walls of the mine collapsed and killed him on February 1, 2018.The death of miners caused a wave of protests as relatives, friends, and sympathizers took to Jerada’s streets to protest social disparities, lack of infrastructure, and unemployment.The protests resulted in a tension between protesters and law enforcement. The police arrested many throughout the days of the protest. On November 8, a Moroccan court sentenced nine people with three-five years for their involvement in the unauthorized protests.The court charged the nine with “destruction of public property, incitement to commit crimes and offenses or participation in a non-violent demonstration,” their lawyer said in a statement to AFP.Five of the protesters received five-year sentences, and four received three-year sentences.Last year, the Moroccan government pledged new economic opportunities for the region including the opening of new mines and a pledge to turn the region into an industrial zone, “which will provide young entrepreneurs in several business sectors with the opportunity to carry out their projects.”The government closed Jerada’s coal mines in 1998. Due to a lack of economic opportunity, many workers in the town take risks to continue extracting resources from the mines. In two separate mine accidents, four informal miners died in December 2017 alone. read more


No room to destroy national unity says President


“The Muslim representatives stressed that they are prepared to perform their duties by the motherland, and expressed happiness for the opportunity they have received to work for our motherland under the leadership of the President. They said that the Muslim community has enormous faith in the President who treats all communities equally, and vowed their unreserved support to carry forward the government’s development drive and to strengthen the SLFP, which is a party of all communities,” the government information department statement said.Deputy Minister of Economic Promotion Faizer Mustapha, Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Deputy Minister Abdul Cader, Eastern Province Chief Minister Najeed Abdul Majeed, Parliamentarian and Presidential Advisor A.H.M. Azwer and the Mayor of Matale Haleem Kareem attended the meeting. The government information department said that Muslim representatives of local government institutions had met the President last Friday and discussed issues in their areas. The President also pointed out that an environment has dawned in the country for all communities to live in peace and harmony without any fear and suspicion. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will not allow anyone to destroy the national unity of the country, the government information department said today.The President said that the government is bound to ensure the security of all citizens in the country devoid of their ethnicity, and the government is performing its duties and responsibilities it owes to the people who were born and bred in the country, irrespective of their ethnicity. read more


UN logistics base in Lebanon to serve as coordinating hub for demining


All principal parties involved in the physical demining of southern Lebanon will be located together at the new Coordination Centre so as to ensure good cooperation and the efficient exchange of information among them as they carry out their work, known collectively as Operation Emirates Solidarity.The handover, set to take place on Wednesday, will be conducted by the Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Lalit Mohan Tewari, who will transfer the Coordination Centre to Lebanon’s Defence Minister, Khalil Haraoui.The United Arab Emirates has donated $50 million for the campaign to destroy landmines in Southern Lebanon.


UN labour agency hails report calling for fairer globalization


During a two-week session in Geneva that ended yesterday, employer, worker and government representatives at the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) hailed the report, A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All, as a balanced and coherent analysis of the social impact of globalization. The study, presented to the ILO by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, calls for increased development assistance and proposes a series of coordinated measures to improve governance and accountability, including fairer rules for international trade, investment, finance and migration. In addition, it calls for policies to make decent work a global goal, measures to promote core labour standards, and a minimum level of social protection in the global economy. “We deliberately brought together a non-like-minded group of eminent people and their report shows that dialogue can be a creative force for urgently needed change,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said of the Commission co-chaired by President Tarja Halonen of Finland and President Benjamin William Mkapa of Tanzania. Presenting the report to the ILO’s Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization, Mr. Mkapa declared: “The potential of globalization for good or bad is immense. It is a force with many positive aspects that can be harnessed for humanity’s collective well-being, but some of its elements have to be tamed for the sake of our common civility and existence.” All speakers endorsed the recommendation that decent work be a global goal. The Employers’ spokesperson highlighted the elements recognizing that globalization’s benefits depend on respect for universally shared values and principles within market economies and democracy. The Workers’ spokesperson noted that practically all participants endorsed the Commission’s strong emphasis on the importance of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work to the building of a fair globalization. Proposals for increasing development aid received widespread support and many speakers underscored the significance of debt relief and increased aid to overcome inequality both within and among countries. The Governing Body, which meets three times a year to set ILO policy, is comprised of representatives of governments, employers and workers. read more


UN agency seeks further funding for Madagascar locust control plan


The three-year programme jointly prepared by FAO and the Government has already produced results against the invasion of the Malagasy Migratory Locust that began in April 2012 and which has damaged crops and discouraged farmers in affected areas from planting.On 30 November, after less than one month of control operations, hopper bands and groups of locust adults have been killed on almost 50,000 hectares, FAO stated in a news release.“We are using helicopters and vehicles to carry out survey and control operations,” Said Lagnaoui, FAO’s locust campaign coordinator, stated. “We are using different pesticides chosen to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible.” An FAO-World Food Programme (WFP) mission conducted in June/July 2013 found that as many as 4 million people in rural areas of Madagascar were food insecure following the 2012/2013 reduced harvest and another 9.6 million people were at risk of food insecurity. The locust invasion was one of the factors for the poor agricultural season, according to the mission, which also blamed erratic weather conditions last year and cyclones early this year followed by a period of poor rains.A total of $26.3 million in support of the locust programme have been provided so far by the Government of Madagascar through a World Bank loan, Austria, Belgium, the United States, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), France, Italy, Norway and the European Union. Mr. Lagnaoui said the first year of the locust campaign was fully funded, but that there was a funding gap of about $17.7 million to cover the second and third years. Funds pay for, among other things, aerial survey and control operations; improving the monitoring and analysis of the locust situations; and monitoring and mitigating the impact of control operations on human health and the environment. read more


Social Sciences celebrates outstanding faculty and staff


How people engage with their families, communities, governments and environments, as well as each other, helped inspire the exciting and diverse research recognized at the annual Celebration of Excellence in the Social Sciences. Held at Pond Inlet on Jan. 29, the event was an opportunity to recognize achievements on both sides of the education spectrum, celebrating both teachers and learners.“Although the Celebration of Excellence is focused on individual accomplishments, I want to acknowledge the collective effort that goes into supporting each of those individuals,” Ingrid Makus, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (FOSS), told the crowd of students, staff, faculty members and supporters who gathered for the event.Master’s student in Psychology Elvira Prusaczyk (left) won a Graduate Student Writing Award for best MA thesis titled “Women’s Internalization and Rejection of Sexist Humour.” She is pictured with supervisor Psychology Professor Gordon Hodson.She thanked the many staff and faculty within FOSS, members of Brock’s service departments and the University’s senior administration for their support.Makus was delighted to recognize the outstanding student research and writing happening within the Faculty and to formally announce two faculty honours.Professor Rebecca Raby from the Department of Child and Youth Studies was presented with the Distinguished Researcher award. Raby serves as the Director of Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) and is affiliated with master’s programs in Social Justice and Equity Studies and Sociology.“It is an honour to receive this award,” Raby said. “It reflects the shared creativity, commitment and hard work of incredible faculty and student collaborators that I have been able to work with, as well as excellent mentorship, most notably from Jane Helleiner in Sociology and from all of the past and present members of the SJRI’s Faculty Steering Committee.”Nicole Goodman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, received the Untenured Researcher of the Year award.Goodman was humbled by the honour.“I’m very grateful for the opportunities and support provided to me by the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock, which has allowed my research to have a bigger impact in the communities it serves.”The two faculty awards were created to recognize FOSS members with consistent records of outstanding research achievements as reflected in the quality and quantity of refereed publications, grants awards and other research activities.The Distinguished Researcher award for tenured faculty considers accomplishments from the last five academic years. The Untenured Researcher of the Year award considers accomplishments within the previous academic year.Associate Dean Graduate and Research Dawn Zinga presented certificates to graduate students in the Faculty who exhibited exceptional research or writing skills in the past year.Alexandra Perna, a master’s student in Geography, was among the recipients of a Graduate Student Research Excellence award.Perna said the faculty and staff in Geography and Tourism were a big factor in her success.“As much as it’s my award, this is really a reflection of my whole department,” she said. She credited her “amazing” supervisor, Associate Professor Ebru Ustundag, with “making me feel that I can accomplish anything.”Perna is now thinking of pursuing a PhD, something she said she wouldn’t have considered without Ustundag’s encouragement.According to Perna, the most significant benefit of the award may be the feedback from the adjudication committee.“Getting feedback was so awesome,” she said. “It shows their dedication in reading all these proposals. They aren’t just skimming through them. They’re actually helping the students learn in a different way and become better.”Lisa Michelle Whittingham, who calls herself a community-based researcher, also received a Research Excellence award. The master’s student in Child and Youth Studies was grateful to have her work validated by the Faculty.“I feel this shows they have faith that my research can make positive impact on the community,” she said.During the event’s closing remarks, Tim Kenyon, Vice-President Research, marvelled at the breadth and depth of the research represented in FOSS.“What particularly impresses me is that your research and scholarship address a range of challenges we face as individuals, a society and a global community,” he said.“I would like to congratulate those who were recognized today and extend my appreciation to all faculty, students and staff for creating such a dynamic community that makes a difference.”The Celebration of Excellence program listing all award recipients is posted on the Faculty of Social Sciences website along with a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation that accompanied the event. Photos of the event are available on the BrockUFOSS Facebook page. read more


Swinging sounds of the trombone make a revival thanks to a plastic


first_imgWarwick Music Group has also developed a plastic trumpet, the pTrumpet, along with a pBone mini for small children.Experts say that children who have early exposure to musical instruments develop areas of the brain that relate to social, language and reasoning skills, as well as memory. Early exposure to an instrument can also help develop a child’s sensory and fine motor skills, encourage self-expression and stimulate creativity.Gareth Haines, managing director of Normans Musical Instruments, which supplies instruments to schools, said that the revival in the fortunes of the trombone and brass instruments as a whole was “remarkable”.“This is an innovation in technology that has had a huge impact – transforming interest in the playing of brass,” he said.“It is re-invigorating the trombone in what is still generally a declining orchestral instrument market and is a great example of how innovation can create greater interest than any ‘play music’ initiative, no matter how important those are.” Liam Kirkman, president of the British Trombone Society, said: “The trombone is notoriously easy to damage – but you can throw pBone across the floor, pick it up and simply play!“The problem we have had in the past is getting youngsters to take an interest. They want the wow factor. Kids need a quick fix – and that’s where the plastic trombone comes in. It is instantlyappealing with its bright colours – far more attractive than being presented with some barnacle encrusted rusty old brass thing.”The pBOne was developed by the Warwick Music Group, who estimate the instrument’s affordability is the reason for a 15 per cent increase on worldwide sales of trombones in the past three years.Steven Greenall, chief executive of Warwick Music Group – and a trombonist since the age of nine – said:“Music should be fun. Children love the colours, the fact that the instrument is lightweight – and that it is not prone to bumps and scrapes. And music teachers love them too. They’re easy to maintain and store. You can carry 20 instruments into a classroom at a time – try doing that with a brass instrument! 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. However, with sales of more than 150,000 since the plastic trombone – called the pBone – was launched in 2010, musicians are talking of a significant revival of the instrument.So popular is the new plastic version, which starts at £125, that even professional musicians, including pop stars, have taken to using it on stage and in recordings.Mumford & Sons used a pBone on stage at Glastonbury in 2013, during a performance of With A Little Help From My Friends; it was used among the backing instruments for Britain’s Got Talent 2016 finalist Wayne Woodward and is played by the US duo Karmin.Jiggs Whigham, conductor of the BBC Big Band, who also played with the Genn Miller Big Band, has also backed the plastic trombone as ideal for beginners. Plastic trombone  Mumford and Sons center_img It may be one of the most impressive of brass instruments – once guaranteed to get a party swinging –  but just over a decade ago the trombone was on the verge of disappearing from the nation’s musical repertoire.Such was the cost of buying the instrument that all but the most dedicated enthusiast could afford or justify the expense.But thanks to the development of a cheap, plastic version of the instrument it appears the trombone is now back in vogue.In 2002 the National Foundation for Youth Music warned that the had been a “frightening” fall in the number of young people learning to play the trombone, with potential players put off by prices ranging from £250 to £1,000. This is an innovation in technology that has had a huge impact – transforming interest in the playing of brassGareth Haines, managing director of Normans Musical Instruments Mumford and Sons used a plastic trombone in one of their performances Credit:YouTube Plastic trombones have attracted a followinglast_img read more


Kevin Towers Celebration of Life


first_img Posted: February 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, February 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports Tags: San Diego Padres FacebookTwitter Kevin Towers Celebration of Life 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA celebration of life honored former Padres General Manager Kevin Towers.Towers passed away January 30, 2018 after a battle with a rare form of thyroid cancer. Several Major League Baseball stars attended the event including Bruce Bochy, Theo Epstein and Bud Black. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more


SpiderMan Far From Home postcredits scenes explained


first_imgSpider-Man: Far From Home spoilers sneakin’ up on you like Peter Parker in his Stealth Suit. Jay Maidment/Sony Pictures Spider-Man: Far From Home brings Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close with a joyous teen adventure. It also returns to the grand tradition of postcredits scenes after Avengers: Endgame offered only an audio Easter egg of Tony Stark forging his armor in the first Iron Man.Far From Home’s first postcredits scene is essential viewing, and the second is fun but will make you rethink the entire movie.If you haven’t seen Far From Home yet, be warned that you’re about to get caught in a web of spoilers.spoilers-mcuScene 1: Mysterio’s revenge and a glorious returnSpider-Man (Tom Holland) swings a flustered MJ (Zendaya) through the Manhattan skyline and drops her off at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street, where a massive screen on the side of Madison Square Garden shows a report from TheDailyBugle.net.A doctored video makes it look like Spidey killed Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) during the climactic battle in London — the illusionist’s recorded testimony says Spidey is a villain from another universe who was controlling the drones wreaking havoc on the UK capital. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Spider-Man: Far From Home director talks postcredit scene… As for where he got the video, it was probably from Mysterio’s assistant William Ginter Riva (Peter Billingsley), who escaped with a hard drive after Spidey foiled his boss’ plan in London. We saw earlier in the movie that Riva worked for Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) way back in the first Iron Man, so he’s had two villain employers.It’s also hard to know if Mysterio is really dead — he could’ve used his special-effects wizardry to fake that too.Director Jon Watts told CNET about revealing Peter’s identity and bringing Jameson back.”We knew it had to be on TV for the whole world to see. And we were like what, what news outlet would that be that would publish something like this?” he said.”It felt like it would be the Daily Bugle and if it’s the Daily Bugle, it’s gotta be J Jonah Jameson. And once we got to that point, there’s no question in anyone’s mind, it’s gotta be J.K. Simmons.”Watts noted that the actor’s approach to the character was pretty similar to the one he took for the Raimi movies.”But now he’s more recognizable as a real-world person than he was in those films. So I don’t know; it’s kind of interesting to look at how the world has changed around him,” he said in our interview.There’s no buzz cut, no cigar, no suspenders. But for the most part he’s still the spirit of J Jonah Jameson — I wondered like, was he a newspaper man? What’s happened? There are so many questions. spiderman-far-from-home-nick-fury-maria-hillNothing is as it seems with Nick Fury and Maria Hill. Sony Pictures Scene 2: Nick Fury’s vacationWe discover that this movie’s SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) weren’t the Fury and Hill we know and love.Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and his wife Soren (Sharon Blynn), a pair of shapeshifting Skrulls, pretended to be Fury and Hill. You might remember this couple being reunited during Captain Marvel, which takes place years prior to Far From Home in the MCU timeline.They were working for the real Fury, who ordered them to get the EDITH glasses to Peter. Talos apparently fell for Beck’s ruse too.The real Fury was chilling on a beach … that turns out to be a virtual reality (VR) simulation on a Skrull vessel somewhere in outer space. Perhaps he needed a vacation after being restored to life in Avengers: Endgame. We don’t see the real Hill. Hopefully she’s enjoying a little leisure time too.nullTurns out Talos (seen in Captain Marvel) plays a major role in Far From Home. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios What it meansFury and Hill were actually disguised Skrulls for the whole movie, echoing the Secret Invasion comic storyline where Skrulls secretly replaced humans. This is like a benign version of that sinister takeover, but it could foreshadow a future MCU storyline.There are a few hints about that the SHIELD agents aren’t all they seem during the movie too. Fury has an unusual reaction when Peter mentions Captain Marvel.”Don’t invoke her name,” he says.This reverential tone would be out of character for Fury, but is absolutely in character for Talos — she reunited him with his family back in the ’90s. Performances by Jackson and Smulders are a little flat during the movie too; this revelation makes their acting even more impressive.Maybe Talos was responsible for that Fury poster goof too.It does raise the question of what the Skrulls have been doing since the events of Captain Marvel, when they left Earth to search for a habitable planet where their race could live. Maybe even more people have been replaced by the shapeshifters. Earlier in the movie, Talos-Fury also makes a passing mention of “Kree sleeper cells” — in reference to the race that wiped out the Skrull homeworld. He and Soren could be on Earth to hunt the genocidal aliens.Watts wouldn’t reveal too much about any grander meaning behind this scene.”I don’t want to say anything about where we’re going next but, I mean, having seen Captain Marvel and now that the world knows about Fury and the Skrulls and all of that, it’s just another thing to draw from in this crazy, complicated, rich universe that’s the MCU,” he said in our interview. So Far From Home How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 2:17 Then Daily Bugle host J. Jonah Jameson (J. K. Simmons) appears on screen to hail Mysterio as “the greatest superhero of all time” and prepares us for more.”But that’s not all, folks. Here’s the real blockbuster — brace yourselves, you might wanna sit down,” he says.Mysterio’s final testimony reveals to the world Peter Parker’s secret identity as Spider-Man, leaving Spidey and MJ understandably shocked. null Far From Home review: A perfect Avengers: Endgame epilogue Spider-Man: Far From Home is the future of the MCU Far From Home poster goof unleashes Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury Share your voicecenter_img TV and Movies Comics What it meansSpidey’s been outed to the world and framed for murder, meaning his entire life is turned upside down as we head into Phase 4. It’s a dark, stunning contrast to the end of Iron Man, where Tony Stark revealed his own superhero identity to the press and a nice reference to the comics’ Civil War storyline (which saw Peter outing himself at Tony’s urging).The general public’s also been fed Mysterio’s lies about the multiverse — we’ll see how they react to that.jjj-raimiverseJ. Jonah Jameson, as he was seen in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. His MCU counterpart doesn’t have the buzzcut. Sony Pictures Even more importantly, this scene marks the glorious return of Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. He played the cigar-chomping Daily Bugle boss in all three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, but those aren’t part of the MCU and this isn’t the same character — note the lack of a buzzcut.From this glimpse, the MCU’s Jameson appears quite different to the Raimi-verse’s traditional angry newspaperman. Here, he’s more of an Alex Jones-type conspiracy theorist (mirroring his role as an angry podcaster in last year’s PS4 game) — one who was willing to paint a bullseye on a teenage boy based on a choppy video. 26 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags Originally published July 1.Update, July 8: Adds comments from Jon Watts. Captain Marvel Marvel Spiderman 0 26 Photoslast_img read more


Overwatchs convoluted hidden story explained


first_imgOverwatch is more than a pretty good team-based first-person shooter (not a MOBA). It’s a Blizzard game with some fairly deep lore. The problem is, that lore is completely absent from the game itself. You might be curious about what Overwatch is, who these heroes are, and what exactly is going on in the game after seeing the Pixar-like cinematic trailer. You can piece some of the story together from the shorts and comics Blizzard has released, but we have a quicker way to understand the world of Overwatch. Welcome to our one-shot lore guide to the game.It doesn’t explore every corner of the game’s world, but it will give you enough context to understand who’s doing what to who and why.Overwatch is Blizzard’s version of the Marvel’s SHIELDThe shorts, comics, trailer, and other supporting material talk a lot about Overwatch as an organization, but they don’t really explain specifically what it is or what happened to it. It’s a fairly simple story that might sound familiar.Overwatch was a global peacekeeping task force. It helped save the world during the Omnic Crisis, and was the big name in worldwide heroism and unity. It formed a covert ops division called Blackwatch. Eventually, accusations that Overwatch made things worse somehow resulted in it being made illegal. Winston, one of the original members, brought Overwatch back together — off the books — when another Omnic Crisis presented itself. Now, the world doesn’t trust Overwatch anymore. Its function is illegal, but it still needs to do what it was formed to do in order to protect the world — and lots of people, including some former members, want to stop it.Basically, Overwatch is SHIELD, specifically the Marvel Cinematic Universe version: Was good, might have been evil, now hated regardless.What is the Omnic Crisis?Omnics are sentient robots originally built by the Omnica Corporation and manufactured in factories called Omniums (the Russia map hints at what Omniums look like). Again, it’s a pretty simple concept, and again, it’s really familiar if you know your video games.Omnics were built to help mankind. They eventually rebelled, and that became the first Omnic Crisis, pitting militarized Omnics against humans. Overwatch fought the Omnics, and eventually a form of peace was found and Omnics began to live alongside humans. Now, another Omnic Crisis has begun, and it’s spurred Overwatch back into action. This doesn’t mean all (or even most) Omnics have gone renegade, though. They’re basically a separate species now, just under intense scrutiny from the rest of the world in case any go rogue.Unlike Overwatch membership, being an Omnic is not a very common trait among the Overwatch heroes. In a roster of 21, only two are Omnics: Bastion and Zenyatta. (Genji is not an Omnic; he’s a cyborg ninja who was originally human.)In other words, the Omnic-human relationship in Overwatch is purely Mega Man X. Robots served man, then they fought man, now everyone’s afraid of robots going Maverick, and it’s causing tension between the groups.Who are the warring factions in Overwatch?There aren’t any. There are good guys and bad guys, sure, but this isn’t a Radiant/Dire thing like in DOTA, or even a RED/BLU thing like in Team Fortress 2. The majority of heroes in Overwatch are members of Overwatch or otherwise Overwatch-affiliated, and villains are scattered across a few different factions that only come up in the game’s lore.Reaper is a mercenary-assassin-terrorist and, based on the Origins Edition skin, a former head of Blackwatch named Reyes. Widowmaker is an assassin for the terrorist group Talon. Junkrat and Roadhog are Australian junk criminals. Genji and Hanzo used to be members of a ninja clan and crime family, but left. McCree used to be a member of an Arizona gang of that can only be described as banditos, but left to join Overwatch and then became a bounty hunter. Basically, there are maybe four actual villains in Overwatch (and one of them is brainwashed), and everyone else is either on the same side or wandering the world like they’re in Street Fighter.But then why is everyone fighting in the game?This is where it gets tricky. As a team-based multiplayer game, Overwatch needs to have all characters available to all players at all times for balance purposes. Putting aside the fact that you can have multiple identical heroes on both sides, this means that there’s no real reason for any of the characters to be fighting each other on any of the maps, specifically. However, we can glean a few things from Overwatch and figure out some semi-canon reasons for different fights on different maps. Think of them like canon matches in Street Fighter lore, only possibilities in the game among many other combinations.Unlike Payload missions in TF2, where the attacking team must escort a bomb to the enemy base, Escort missions in Overwatch seem to be more genuine escort missions. The payload in these cases are vehicles the “attacking” team is trying to get to its destination while the “defending” team tries to stop them from succeeding (the vehicle is indestructible, because otherwise the game mode would be completely impossible). For King’s Row, Hollywood, Dorado, and Numbani, the payloads are likely VIPs trying to get safely to their destination. For Watchpoint Gibraltar, it seems to be a shipment of satellite technology that needs to get into the base. That puts Overwatch primarily on the attack, and the various bad guys (Talon, for-hire thugs, rogue Omnics if there are any) on defense in a fairly big but necessary example of rhetorical dissonance. Thought I was going to say “ludonarrative dissonance?” Nope! The conflict here is how the teams are framed in the context of the game and the lore, not how the gameplay itself is separate from the lore. The “attackers” and “payloads” are good guys and VIPs, while the “defenders” are assassins.Volskaya Industries, Temple of Anubis, and Nepal are the maps most important in regards to the Omnic Crisis. Volskaya Industries isn’t itself an Omnium, but it is a factory building war mechs, and with the Second Omnic Crisis in full swing, factions are fighting over control for it. The Temple of Anubis, while it seems to just be an Egyptian-themed map, is actually the entrance to a research center that holds Anubis, one of the rogue AI programs responsible for the Omnic Crisis. Nepal is the temple where the peaceful Omnic leader Mondatta (who Widowmaker killed and possibly sparked the Second Omnic Crisis) set up a home to train peaceful Omnic monks. All three maps seem to be struggles to secure the important locations, rather than destroy them.Finally, some of the maps serve the purpose of strange, internal fan service, focused on locations highlighted in the Overwatch shorts that were generally much smaller character-against-character events. Hanamura is the biggest example of this; it’s the location where Genji and Hanzo fight in the “Dragons” short, and the location where Hanzo seemingly killed Genji (turning him into Blizzard’s Raiden) years ago. There isn’t really any reason for big fights to happen here.As for Route 66, it’s basically a Wild West map for McCree to go against his old gang (none of the members of which are playable heroes) in universe, further sealing how the gunslinging cowboy is the most bizarrely out-of-place character in a game with cyborg ninjas, robot monks, and scientist gorillas.Is any of this actually explained in the game itself, or just in the supplemental material?These details are from the Overwatch website, plus the animated shorts and comics Blizzard released. In the game itself, there really isn’t much there.Is there any actual connection between Overwatch’s story and its gameplay?Newp! But that’s basically any multiplayer-only game that focuses on characters and teams symmetrically fighting each other. Anyone can fight anyone. The option has to be there, otherwise the game feels limited.Will Overwatch’s lore ever affect the game itself?I don’t know. Maybe? Events and additional heroes and game modes could bring the game in line with the lore, but don’t hold your breath. Don’t sweat it either way. Blizzard is as good at world-building as it is at turning the worlds it built into a convoluted mess. Just enjoy the action. It’s very well-made. It scratches that Team Fortress 2 itch.Okay, but why do all the heroes look so weird?Let’s do short answers:Bastion and Zenyatta: Actual robotsD.Va: E-sports celebrityTracer and Winston: Time or space travelGenji and Hanzo: Ninja clanJunkrat and Roadhog: AustralianMcCree: Apparently there are still cattle rustlers in the world of OverwatchLucio: DJReaper: World’s bleakest Juggalo? 21st-century plague doctor? It isn’t clearPhara, Mercy, Symmetra, Thorbjorn, Reinhardt, Mei: Science! From various countriesSo, anyway, were you really expecting phenomenally integrated lore from the company that wrote scripts for games like Diablo, which is also the same company that wrote the ending to Legacy of the Void? Game’s fun, though.last_img read more