The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Persevere

first_imgHustlers persevere. The hustler is determined to achieve their goals. It doesn’t matter how difficult the goal is to obtain. It doesn’t matter how many obstacles they need to overcome to reach their goals. The hustler keeps at it, chipping away, relentlessly taking action until they succeed.The non-hustler most of all seeks comfort. If something makes them uncomfortable, they’ll do everything in their power to avoid it. If the primary tasks that would allow them to reach their goal is difficult, they’ll change their goal. Determination means you continue to try even when you make little progress. The non-hustler doesn’t like obstacles. Two or three significant obstacles breaks their will.The hustler has intestinal fortitude. Intestinal fortitude is a combination of courage and endurance. Hustlers face their fears. They deal with pain (even though most of what we consider pain is only discomfort). They are willing to endure difficulties, setbacks, do-overs, rejection, being mocked by their peers, and even failure. But none of these seemingly negative occurrences ever dissuades them from continuing to pursue their dreams.Non-hustlers lack intestinal fortitude. They aren’t willing to do what is necessary if it means facing their fears or dealing with pain. Where the hustler attached no negative meaning to the events they experience on their way to reaching their goals and finding success, the non-hustler attached only negative meaning. Difficult means impossible. Setbacks mean failure. Rejection is personal. Being mocked is being judged.The hustler is resolute and committed to what’s important. The non-hustler is uncommitted and half-hearted in the few things they are willing to try.Other hustlers recognize a brother or sister of the path when they see their determination, their willingness to persevere. The non-hustler sees someone who doesn’t know better, who should have long ago given up, and someone they can never understand.If you really want what you profess to want, then you have to be willing to persevere, come what may. That’s what hustlers do. Nothing less is acceptable. 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 Nowlast_img read more

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City slice

first_imgFrom dining to trends, a lowdown on everything new in the city.Restaurant review Colombian carnivalBrick stone floors, butternut squash ravioli, latte macchiato, the sun caressing your back and the wind in your hair-Cocoa at C’est La Vie is the perfect picture of a day in Europe. Tucked in the bylanes,From dining to trends, a lowdown on everything new in the city.Restaurant reviewColombian carnivalBrick stone floors, butternut squash ravioli, latte macchiato, the sun caressing your back and the wind in your hair-Cocoa at C’est La Vie is the perfect picture of a day in Europe. Tucked in the bylanes of hill road in Bandra, the ambience of Cocoa comprises happy summer yellow interiors merged with antique wooden backdrops and small bits and pieces from the good old days. A wonderful marriage of old and new. Prepare to enter and drool. The buffalo mozzarella and tomato panini, braised lamb in red wine butter fettuccini and fig compote are a must try at the joint. The place is a treat for those with a sweet tooth. Cocoa has a live waffle and crepes station which serves you piping hot and fresh desserts straight from the pan. With friendly staff, happy faces, world music, great food and fabulous coffee, Cocoa is a must visit. They are a part of the C’est La Vie family and are waiting to serve. So when you are here to enjoy your cuppa, don’t be surprised if you land up making a new friend before you leave. There is something in the air, which makes you relax your shoulders and smile. Meal for two: Rs 1,000.What’s upNight owlThe city’s hottest new trend is the owl neckpiece. College students to weekend party goers all seem to be wearing an owl around their neck this season. Easily available at Colaba.Carefully undoneNatural messy hair is the in thing this season. Try it only if you have hair like Serena Vanderwoodsen. If not then the trick is to use your straightner in a way that you can curl your hair. The point is not to let your hair look neat.What’s downadvertisementNo clowning aroundJumpsuits are a complete fashion disaster. Easily available at all flea markets, they are a no-no to wear outside your home if you don’t wish to look like a clown.Osho no-showOsho chappals are completely out-dated and out of fashion this summer. Instead put your foot forward in tall wedges or comfy-sports wear and avoid your feet from tanning.Products basketStrap’em upEtro’s Spring Summer collection for men titled Tree of Life includes colourful leather belts. Available at Palladium.Price on request.BejewelledForevermark launched the world’s largest pair of identically cut flawless twin diamonds-The Yin Yang diamonds in Mumbai and Delhi.Price on request.Bag-it Satya Paul’s exciting new range of bags includes wallets, sling bags, clutches and others. Price: Wallets and clutches from Rs. 2,000, Handbags: Rs. 3,995 onwards.Pick your colour The new swiss collection by OPI offers a wide range of nail colours to make your tips look chic. Price: Rs 520 onwards.Keep cool Indulge and pamper yourself with Myrah spa’s new super cooling royal hydra fresh facial. It helps replenish your dehydrated skin. Price: Rs. 3,000 above.Cast awayWest Coast Marine presents new products to help when you set off on sail. These include shorts, rash vests, gloves,marine tools, watches.Price: Rs 2,000 onwards.Look who’s coming for dinnerArushi Mudgal, the foremost disciple of her renowned dancer-aunt Madhavi Mudgal will be visiting Mumbai later this month. The choreographies of Kelucharan Mohapatra, Madhavi Mudgal, along with one of her own, will be showcased in Mudgal’s Odissi recital, Sutra – Creativity in Tradition at the NCPA on 26th May. The show aims to highlight the beauty of various approaches to creativity in the same tradition over successive generations.With inputs from Ekta Marwaha.last_img read more

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Mavericks’ Luka Doncic fined $10,000 for kicking ball into stands

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic leaves the game after being called for his second technical foul, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. The Pacers won 111-99. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has been fined $10,000 for kicking the ball into the stands, which led to his ejection from a game against Indiana.Doncic kicked the ball after a basket by the Pacers late in the third quarter of their 111-99 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night. The NBA announced the fine Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The 19-year-old rookie sensation from Slovenia said he didn’t intentionally kick the ball into the stands. The ball ricocheted off the back of the backboard into the first couple of rows of seats. Because Doncic had received a technical earlier in the game, his second technical resulted in the first ejection of his career.In the next game, Doncic became the second-youngest player to record a triple-double, notching 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116-106 loss to the Bucks. He leads the Mavericks in scoring at 20 points per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ South Korea will face Qatar in Asian Cup quarterfinals View commentslast_img read more

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Muguruza, Stephens post straight-set wins at French Open

first_imgSpain’s Garbine Muguruza plays a shot against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS — Former champion Garbine Muguruza and last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens both posted straight-set wins Wednesday to reach the third round of the French Open.On a sunny morning in the French capital, Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.ADVERTISEMENT Seeded 19th this year, Muguruza won the title at Roland Garros in 2016 when she upset Serena Williams in the final. The Spanish player is expected to face tougher opposition in her next match against ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who progressed to the third round without hitting a shot.Svitolina was set to play 67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova but organizers said the Ukrainian player withdrew with “intercostal pain.” She twice reached the quarterfinals in Paris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsStephens, who lost to Simona Halep in last year’s final, needed a bit more time to prevail 6-1, 7-6 (3) against the gritty but error-prone Sara Sorribes Tormo.In a match that featured 11 breaks of serve, Stephens could not hold on to a 3-0 lead in the second set and Sorribes Tormo twice had the opportunity to level at 1-set apiece on her serve. A turning point came in the 11th game when the 22-year-old Spaniard hit two consecutive double-faults to drop serve. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The seventh-seeded Stephens hit a series of winners in the tiebreaker and sealed the match with a backhand down the line.“Just decided to keep it exciting, to play a bit longer on that court,” Stephens joked. “I missed it from last year.”Later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were to play German qualifiers in second-round matches. Federer faces 144th-ranked Oscar Otte while Nadal meets 114th-ranked Yannick Maden.Federer is playing at Roland Garros after a four-year absence. Nadal is aiming for a record-extending 12th title at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Column: Metta World Peace finally finds his peace PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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Wife of Canadian man confined in Cuba considering legal action against Ottawa

first_imgMONTREAL – The wife of a Quebec man who has been stuck in Cuba for 14 months after being involved in a boating accident that killed a fellow tourist says she’s considering taking legal action against the Canadian government in a bid to help bring him home.Kahina Bensaadi said Cuban authorities have refused to allow her husband to return to his home near Montreal even though a conviction and four-year sentence stemming from the accident were overturned and he is no longer in custody.Her husband, Toufik Benhamiche, was driving a small boat as part of a tourist excursion in July 2017 in Cayo Coco when it veered out of control and fatally struck a woman from Ontario.A Cuban court found the Mascouche resident guilty of criminal negligence causing death and sentenced him to four years in prison.But in June, Cuba’s highest court found flaws in the lower court’s handling of the case and reversed all its decisions including the conviction, Bensaadi said.But the decision means the case needs to be reinvestigated from the beginning, which could take months or even years in the Cuban justice system.Bensaadi, who is struggling to care for the couple’s two young daughters, says she’s angry and disappointed that the Canadian government hasn’t done more to help despite her constant pleas.“They have never deigned to lift a finger, not even to help us in the choice of a competent lawyer to represent us,” she wrote in an email.“We had no choice but to fend for ourselves, because in any case all our attempts to solicit their help proved futile, and all ended with emails (or) letters stripped of compassion to tell us that they can do absolutely nothing and that Cuban justice must follow its course.”Human rights lawyer Julius Grey, who is representing the family, said they will decide in the next week whether to seek a declaratory action “similar to Khadr,” referring to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr.In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled the Canadian-born Khadr’s human rights were being violated at Guantanamo Bay.Bensaadi said the possible legal action would be aimed at compelling the Canadian government to meet what she sees as their obligations to help her husband.“I find it deplorable to have to think about starting a legal proceeding against one’s own government to oblige them to give assistance when that would normally be their primary mandate,” she said.Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that it is providing assistance to Benhamiche, “a Canadian facing travel restrictions in Cuba.”“Consular officials in Havana, Cuba, are in contact with local authorities to gather further information on the status of his case,” reads an emailed statement.The family has also filed a lawsuit in Canada against travel company Sunwing, alleging Benhamiche was given little instruction on how to operate the craft and was allegedly assured it was easy to use and by no means dangerous.last_img read more

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COUNTRYSINGING NOVA SCOTIA TWEEN HEADED TO DOLLYWOOD FOR AWARDS SHOW

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Xuan Trzebiatowski, 11, loves to sing country music and Dolly Parton is her idol. (Photo by Maria Weigl) Now, just a year after taking the stage at the Fox Mountain Country Music Festival in Aylesford, N.S., for the first time, she’s headed a little farther afield.Trzebiatowski is nominated for three awards at the Josie Music Awards, which are to be held in Tennessee in September: world artist, junior artist of the year and junior vocalist.The nods at the awards show for independent artists of all genres come after a whirlwind year for the young artist. She’s spent that time teaching herself guitar and performing at 20 local country jams. And in March, the tween won her first award for female vocalist of the year from the North America Country Music Associations International.But the Josies have a special significance for Trzebiatowski: they’re taking place at Dollywood, the theme park owned by one of her music idols.In this Aug. 21, 2013 file photo, Dolly Parton speaks during a news conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)In fact, she noted, the first time she took the stage, she sang one of Dolly Parton’s songs: “Silver and Gold” off of the 1991 album “Eagle When She Flies.”“I feel like Dolly has a different style from the other artists when she sings,” Trzebiatowski said. “But I do enjoy all kinds of country music, I just really like Dolly’s way of country music.”Trzebiatowski first started listening to country music with her parents, who say they’re happy to see their daughter chasing her passion.And as she racks up experience singing on stage, Trzebiatowski is also starting to learn how to write her own songs.“I’m just sticking to doing covers but sometimes I just jot down a little sentence,” she said. “I met some song writers and I’ve asked them, ‘how do you write a good song?’ and they say just jot little sentences down and in the future you’ll think ‘Oh I can write something out of this’ so I listened to that.”Trzebiatowski and her parents are hosting a fundraiser on July 28 at the Nine Mile River Community Centre in East Hants, N.S., to raise money for her trip to the awards ceremony in September.And when she gets to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., she’s holding out hope that she’ll run into Parton.“I would be, like, really excited and I’d be jumping around and squealing,” Trzebiatowski said. “I would also ask her if she would like to write a song with me.”By Olivia Blackmore ~ The Canadian Press Facebook Twittercenter_img HANTS COUNTY, N.S. — After watching others sing at a Nova Scotia country music festival nearly every year of her life, 11-year-old Xuan Trzebiatowski decided in 2018 that she was no longer satisfied just watching.“I think a lot of the time people would see me and my brother playing around in the campground and I just thought people (would think) it was very sweet,” the Elmsdale, N.S., native said. “I was actually good at that kind of music so I decided to get up on stage.” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Fewer Canadians taking vacations this summer

We’re now into the peak summer travel season and a new survey shows nearly half of Canadians say they won’t be travelling very far.Niagara Falls’ Clifton Hill has been jammed with visitors, many of them from the GTA who say high gas prices, high room rates and a shaky economy are keeping them closer to home this summer.“I’ve been unemployed for the last 19 months and I’ve been applying for positions, unable to get any kind of position.”Shellene Ramkhelawan’s family from Mississauga stayed overnight in Niagara Falls. Last summer, they did a long road trip to Disney World.A survey done by the website RetailMeNot.ca shows 42% of Canadians are staying home this summer. Niagara Falls is seeing a drop in tourists from Ontario.“I’ve talked to mainly the attractions. Some of them are down as much as 20%, which would indicate people are not travelling,” says Wayne Thomson of Niagara Falls Tourism.If you live in the Niagara Peninsula you don’t have to spend a lot of money entertaining the family if you don’t want to. It’s sandwiched in between two Great Lakes. In Port Colborne, Nickel Beach is one of the best sandy beaches in the country.Meanwhile, if there’s some good economic news it’s that Niagara Falls is seeing more Americans this summer. Many people are visiting from states that are quite a distance away. They attribute that to Nik Wallenda and his walk over the Horseshoe Falls.Editor’s note: This article was updated July 23, 2014 to correct an error in the RetailMeNot website. read more

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Trump says hell move quickly on Keystone XL

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump suggests he’ll move quickly on resurrecting the proposed Keystone X-L pipeline after taking office.Trump is expected to reverse his predecessor’s ban on the proposed eight-billion-dollar-U-S cross-border project.He told ”Fox News Sunday” he expects a decision to come ”fairly quickly.”After years of political wrangling, President Barack Obama rejected the 19-hundred-kilometre pipeline.Trump’s support for it was part of his election campaign platform. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 7:54 am MDT Trump says he’ll ‘move quickly’ on Keystone XL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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Where Did Jason Kidd Go Wrong

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 25, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down a week of drama in the NBA. First, we investigate ESPN’s reports of tension between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs as his recuperation from a quad injury takes longer than anticipated. We also take a look at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ tough season and assess what it might mean for their playoff chances. Next, Milwaukee has fired head coach Jason Kidd amid a disappointing slide for the Bucks. What went wrong for the once-promising team? Plus, a small-sample-size segment on LeBron James. Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright report on how Kawhi Leonard’s rehab created a chilling effect with the San Antonio Spurs.Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s support and offer to intervene, the Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd on Monday. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner read more

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BATTLE FOR QATAR 2015 BiH in knockout stage – Four others are…

Qatar 2015Qatar handball Very exciting pre-qualification for the World Championship in Qatar 2015 coming to the end, but there is still no answer in four groups, where winner will be decided in the last Round! Only Bosnia and Herzegovina secured their place in “knock-out” stage next June.Group 1Georgia : Lithuania 26:23 ( 15:12 )Turkey : Finland 25:19 ( 11:9 )Standing :1 Lithuania  5 – 7 points2 Georgia 5-63 Turkey 5-44 Finland 5-3Group 2Wednesday, 8 January:Romania : Italy 34:29 ( 20:13 )Cyprus : Slovakia 18:20 ( 9:11 )Standing:1 Romania 5 – 10 points2 Slovakia 5-83 Italy 5-24 Cyprus 5-0Group 3Switzerland : Slovenia 23:31 ( 12:19 )Ukraine : Luxembourg 34:22 ( 15:12 )Standing:1 Ukraine  5 – 92 Slovenia 5-83 Switzerland 5-34 Luxembourg 5-0Group 4Wednesday, 8 January:Greece : The Netherlands 24:19 ( 11:7 )Israel : Belgium 27:25 ( 12:11 )Standing:1 Israel 5-62 Greece 5-63 Netherlands 5-44 Belgium 5-4Group 5Wednesday, 8 January:Bosnia : Estonia 28:26 ( 15:9 )Latvia : Portugal 24:26 ( 13:8 )Standing:1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 – 10 points2 Portugal 5-63 Latvia 5-44 Estonia 5-0 ← Previous Story “Green light” for Omeyer! Next Story → EHF EURO 2014: TOP 10 STARS read more

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Minister welcomes expansion plans at Capita

first_imgBUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT firm Capita has just opened a new office in Dublin, citing plans to recruit 800 people over the next three years.The move has been welcomed by a number of politicians, including Finance Minister Michael Noonan who attended the launch.Although Capita confirmed its “aspirations” to double its workforce to 1,600 by mid-2016, it could not clarify to TheJournal.ie how many people are currently being recruited.The hiring process has started in a number of areas, including loan administration and asset management, it said.The new offices are located at Grand Canal Square in Dublin.“The scale and ambition of the company’s investment in Ireland, and the announcement of their plans to employ 800 more people over the next three years, is a major vote of confidence in Ireland,” said Noonan.“The new office allows us to consolidate a number of business units in one location, as well as providing room for future growth,” added country manager Robbie Hughes.50 jobs lost as Citi Bank announce Waterford office closureFears for 136 jobs as Pfizer seeks buyer for Cork siteYoung people ‘bear burden of financial crisis’last_img read more

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Remembering Bernie Taft

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bernie Taft (1918-2013), a leading figure of the Australian left and former joint national secretary of the Communist Party of Australia, who passed away a few weeks ago, will be honoured on Sunday at a memorial service, at 11:00 am, at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Center, on the Corner of St Georges Rd & Bell St. in Preston.Bernie Taft was a friend of the Greek community and a close ally of the local Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Greece, during the period of the military junta (1967-1974).last_img

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National Selfdetermination in Greece and Balkans

first_imgThe lecture National Self-determination in the 21st Century: Implications for Greece and the Balkans will be given by Dr Aris Gounaris as part of season three (August – October 2013) of Greek History and Culture Seminars.Aris Gounaris holds a PhD from La Trobe University, Melbourne. His doctoral dissertation in philosophy and history examines theories of secession and self-determination. Case studies include Kosovo, Chechnya and Aceh.The seminars are held by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria.When: Thursday 19 September at 7:00 pmWhere: Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, opposite the Russell St Greater Union CinemasFor more information, contact GOCMV, at (03) 9662 2722 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Tesla takes interest in Greek islands

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Minister of Environment and Energy Giorgios Stathakis, has had a very productive meeting with executives of the gigantic American motor and energy company, Tesla.According to an Athens News Agency report, Tesla’s representatives expressed their interest in launching “smart islands” and “energy islands” initiatives across Greece.The main topics of the discussion were the reduction of dependency on fossil fuel, especially for islands not scheduled to join the mainland power grid in the coming years; and the gradual switch to Renewable Energy Sources (RES).By making use of solar, water and wind power, Greece is considering switching to RES not only for environmentally ethical purposes but also to sustain and boost the economy of the islands, as such a move will signal a significant reduction in the cost of storing and producing energy.This new approach has also been highlighted in the goals envisaged by the country’s National Energy and Climate Plan.last_img read more

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Alien origin gave Jesus the power of resurrection claims Ufologist

first_imgPixabaySeveral conspiracy theorists have long been alleging that aliens have visited earth regularly during the ancient days, and even now, they used to pay us a visit to monitor human activities. Adding heat to this theory, Dr Barry Downing, a popular Ufologist has now claimed that Jesus Christ is actually an alien from deep space.As per Downing, several incidents depicted in the Bible indicates that aliens used to visit the earth in the ancient days. Downing argues that the world’s purportedly oldest UFO sighting is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel. He also revealed to Express.co.uk reports that evidence of extraterrestrial activity can be seen in the Gospel of St Matthew in the New Testament.Downing also believes that the embryo of Jesus Christ was planted in the womb of Mary by aliens using advanced technologies. Certain other people argue that Mary was inseminated with an alien sperm, and Jesus is actually an alien-human hybrid who possessed magical capabilities.The Ufologist claims that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is an irrefutable proof that substantiates the alien origin. Downing believes that Jesus Christ’s ascension from the earth is actually the return to his distant alien home planet.A few months ago, Giorgio Tsoukalos, the television host known for presenting ‘Ancient Aliens’ in History Channel had claimed that humans have misunderstood alien visitors as Gods. Tsoukalos made these remarks while talking about the origin of religion in the earth at the annual ‘Contact in the Desert’ UFO conference in Indiana Wells, California last year.As per Tsoukalos, ancient humans misrepresented alien visitors as deities and their advanced technology was interpreted as divine power. It should also be noted that several conspiracy theorists in the past had claimed that ancient gods, especially in the Hindu and Greek mythology, are interstellar aliens from deep space.last_img read more

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Khaleda undergoes medical tests

first_imgKhaleda ZiaBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday underwent some medical tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), reports UNB.Khaleda, who has been kept in a cabin on the sixth floor of the hospital, was taken to the ground floor for the tests.As part of regular health check-up, physicians conducted chest, lung tests and a City Scan, said brigadier general Abdullah Al Harun, director of BSMMU.Later, she was brought back to her cabin around 2:15pm.On 6 October, Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU after prison authorities shifted her there from the abandoned central jail in old Dhaka, following a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the erstwhile abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February.On 16 September, a medical board formed by the government for jailed Khaleda, suggested admitting her to a hospital like BSMMU though they have found ‘no symptom of any serious disease’ in her.last_img read more

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Mubi Streaming Service Launches in Southeast Asia EXCLUSIVE

first_imgChinese OTT giants including Tencent Video and iQiyi have also targeted Southeast Asia as their first region for overseas expansion. But Mubi argues that, like the global streamers, these too are generalists seeking large volume, rather than targeted specialists. Film specialist streaming platform Mubi is to launch in Southeast Asia. The service kicks off with operation in Malaysia, and has plans to quickly launch in another half-dozen territories in the fast-developing region.Mubi will retain its highly curated approach of offering one new film title per day and retaining each for just 30 days. But to cope with the social, ethnic and cultural diversity in the region, the Southeast Asia launch requires a significant modification of the business model.“In Southeast Asia you cannot scale up a business that focuses on the Coen Brothers and the like,” Mubi founder Efe Cakarel told Variety. “It is a market that engages with local content and cinema from the region. One-size-fits-all does not work in Southeast Asia.”In addition to its, familiar offering of mostly Western festival films, Mubi will debut in Malaysia with two more VOD clusters that it describes as channels. South Asian movies, mostly in Hindi and Bengali, will be available on the Mubi Dekho! channel; films from the Nusantara region (Malaysia and Indonesia) will play on Mubi Sinema. Related In the near future, Mubi plans to add at least two further channels in Malaysia, one concentrating on Chinese-language and Korean films, and another with a tight focus on South Indian films in the Tamil and Telugu languages.Mubi quietly opened a regional office in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur in 2018. It begins operations having hooked up with two of the local telecommunications giants, Maxis and Digi. These will provide bandwidth and the billing relationship with end users, many of whom do not use credit cards for recurring payments. The service is priced at RM15 ($3.63) per month.It is in negotiations with telecoms providers in Indonesia, ahead of a launch aimed at early 2020. Expansion in other ASEAN countries is expected to follow.Mubi does not disclose its global or per-market subscriber numbers. Though the total is understood to be less than a million, the company says it is growing fast and has a positive cash flow. “It is incredibly hard to double revenue in a year and still be profitable,” said Cakarel. “This shows the business model is working well.”The company is privately held and owned by a mix of financial and strategic investors. These include Hong Kong-listed Huanxi Media, with which it previously sought to launch a Mubi-like service in mainland China. It has supply relationships with Hollywood studios including Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal and Paramount, as well as international indie groups Studiocanal, Pathe and eOne.“The Southeast Asia market is very fragmented with a lot of noise from a lot of players, but almost everyone is trying to do the same thing,” Cakarel said. “They are skewing heavily towards TV series, trying to find blockbuster content, and trying to reach as many households as possible in one go. The problem is that none have enough capital to amass enough content to provide a compelling offering. Netflix and Amazon are offering content that is focused on the Western market. In the mind of the consumer there is no clear winner.” Popular on Variety center_img MUBI Takes Worldwide Rights on Luca Guadagnino Short Drama ‘The Staggering Girl’ China’s iQIYI in Talks for Indonesia Expansion ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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NASA Telescope Oscar Trophy Tech Attracts Stars

first_img The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are not that different.Both attract hordes of viewers for star-studded events. And both use the same gold to coat telescopes and trophies, respectively.Gold is particularly useful in space, where it reflects infrared wavelengths of light and won’t tarnish—ideal for blocking absorption of radiant heat. (Plus, it’s super shiny!)AdChoices广告Which is why the James Webb Space Telescope team chose the chemical element to coat a 32-foot refrigerant tube that cools the Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI.But such high-tech equipment requires more than the common vapor deposit method—heating metal in a vacuum until it becomes a gas, which condenses in a thin layer across a surface.The process is effective, according to NASA, but has drawbacks: The gold loses some reflectivity, becomes extremely delicate, and can peel off when bent; those flakes can interfere with sensitive instruments.So, the telescope’s designers turned to Brooklyn-based Epner Technology, which alleges its gold would never flake off. Hesitant, the Goddard Space Flight Center made them prove their claim.“And they did,” Goddard engineer John Gygax said in a statement.The company also boasted a significantly more reflective gold plating, created using an electroplating process it calls LaserGold. The result is a harder and more reflective coating than vapor-deposited gold.Gold is highly reflective and doesn’t tarnish—great for the James Webb Space Telescope’s main mirror (via NASA)NASA isn’t their only famous client, though. In 2016, Epner snagged the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, reportedly “awestruck” that Epner Technology could provide a plating technique used in space for 35 years, company president David Epner recalled.For more than three decades, a trophy manufacturer cast Oscars in a tin allow and then plated them with gold. They shone alright, but the coating eventually wore off.“We guaranteed that our gold coating will never come off,” Epner said.The firm has even offered a lifetime guarantee to replate—for free—any Oscar that shows wear.“That’s something I’ll never have to make good on,” Epner added. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Australian Finds ‘Monster’ $69,000 Gold Nugget With Metal DetectorLego Sets Might Be Better Investments Than Gold last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Valerian good?Yes. It’s messy, it’s awkward, it’s bizarrely constructed and at points verges over into weirdly “problematic;” but also ingenious, ambitious and occasionally brilliant. There are more ideas in a single chase sequence in this movie than in the entirety of most other films I’ve seen this Summer.What’s it about?Based on a long-running series of French-language graphic novels, Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevigne are Valerian and Laureline, a sort-of romantically partnered pair of special agents who discover that a magic MacGuffin they were tasked with fetching at the story’s beginning is at the center of shadowy dark-dealings surrounding a supposed “evil force” growing in the depths of the massive space-city Alpha – where hundreds of thousands of diverse species from across the galaxy exist in a chaotic but sustained relative peace that threatens to be ripped apart unless they can uncover exactly what’s going on – up to and including which “side” they’re actually supposed to be on.Is the plot confusing?Not really. The film is practically tripping over its own feet in a rush to reveal what’s actually going on, possibly because someone got worried that too many unanswered questions would distract from the main point. Instead, they opted for showing off all the different aliens, technology, “neighborhoods” and big cosmic ideas the film is clearly more interested in than the fairly standard-issue space-police story.  And even if you do get “lost” just remember that this is 21st Century sci-fi so whoever looks like an analog for a present-day Western military power is probably bad. And whoever looks like a (somewhat condescending) analog for indigenous victims of Colonialism is probably good, and you’ll be right back on track.Who’s behind it?French auteur and producer/mogul Luc Besson, a longtime fan of the original Valerian & Laureline comics for whom the film is a quasi-follow-up to his similar late-90s sci-fi cult-classic The Fifth Element. The film is one of the most expensive features in the history of France’s homegrown film industry, and was independently financed by a global team of investors to grant Besson full creative autonomy.What’s the best reason to see it?Honestly? The opening scene. The first five minutes or so are some of the most beautiful visual storytelling anyone has put to film in decades and one of the most forward-looking and optimistic streams of sound and imagery the medium has been used to depict – ever. Essentially an expository montage demonstrating how, over the course of centuries, the present-day Space Program might (through cooperation and mutual respect) grow beyond the borders of a nation. Species might ultimately form an idealized intergalactic melting-pot megalopolis of the title. It’s an all but wordless vision somewhere in tone between The Martian’s onward-and-upward futurism and Guardians of The Galaxy’s heartfelt humanism that seamlessly bridges the hopes of the Space Age with the dreams of pulp-era science fiction to a degree not even the best of Star Trek ever has ever quite managed. It’s the most visually beautiful and thematically awe-inspiring piece of pure cinema that Luc Besson has produced in the entirety of his career: His masterpiece. The single stretch of film he deserves to be remembered for.Wow! And the rest of it?Not as good. Not even close, really – but then nothing was going to be.What’s the biggest problem?“Valerian” himself, unfortunately: Dehaan doesn’t quite work in the lead. Granted, Besson has never been an actor’s director, and this feels very much like a movie where the instruction was “hit your mark, read your dialogue, affect a persona mostly via attitude” and – surprise! – Delevigne (a professional model) pulls it off where her co-star seems to struggle. Going with ultra young-looking leads for Valerian and Laureline also feels “off” at times. It seems designed to make the outdated pulp-hero tough-guy “aggressive flirting” play less dodgy than it might have with grown-ups in 2017 (Dehaan trying to do “roguish scoundrel” mostly looks like a ten-year-old doing his impression of Star Lord) but once the plot calls for him to play the jaded seen-it-all tough guy it doesn’t quite land. The seeds of a movie star are there with this kid, but he’s not there yet.How is Rihanna?Good, but underutilized. Her character (a shape-shifting jellyfish-like alien working as an exotic dancer) is a scene-stealer, but she’s only around for a few minutes in an unnecessary subplot that mostly feels added to include her character. Her backstory is also weirdly dark, and ends up feeling cruel and off-putting when paired with her role ultimately being a plot-device.But you recommend it?I do, yes. It’s a genuinely visionary work of art that falls short mainly by shooting higher than any one film could reasonably manage. It’s beautiful, imaginative, creative, ingenious and takes aesthetic risks that are worth applauding all on their own. Even when they contribute to some parts of the film being draggy and messy. Valerian is a pure-energy delight that feels like it should have been more but still brings more to the table than most other blockbusters you’re likely to see this year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Its Probably OK to Eat Raw Cookie Dough — As Long

first_imgLicking the spoon — harmless or not? (Credit: Diane Diederich/Shutterstock)For many people, the holiday ritual of baking cookies isn’t complete without also eating some of the raw dough. In my family, questions like “Who gets to lick the beaters?” and “Can I grab a piece of dough?” were always part of the cookie-making experience.Yet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly issued warnings about the dangers of consuming raw dough. Specific statements have included: “The bottom line for you and your kids is don’t eat raw dough,” “Don’t give your kids raw dough or baking mixes that contain flour to play with” and “Don’t make homemade cookie dough ice cream.”In fact, the commissioner of the FDA tweeted a rhyme on the topic on Dec. 10, 2018: “You can not eat it in a house. You can not eat it with a mouse. We do not like it here or there. We do not like it anywhere.”While Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s “#FDA we are” rhyme was a fun reference to the “Sam I am!” of the Dr. Seuss’ original “Green Eggs and Ham,” the FDA’s message understandably raised confusion and concern among dough-loving consumers.So, this leads to two questions:1) Are there really risks of eating raw cookie dough?2) Is it appropriate for public health officials to imply that no one should eat cookie dough (something that I, and apparently many others, enjoy) because of this risk?Even cookie dough milkshakes, too? (Credit: Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock)An Important Safety Message — Or a Half-baked Idea?To answer the first question: Yes, there are indeed at least two kinds of potential risks related to consuming raw cookie dough.First, when most people think about health risks and cookie dough, they think about raw egg. Eggs can be contaminated with salmonella bacteria, and food safety recommendations encourage people to cook eggs until the white and yolk are firm in order to kill any bacteria.However, anyone making cookies can do things to reduce this risk by using pasteurized egg products. When my kids and I make cookie dough, we never use regular eggs. Instead, we use shell eggs that have been pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria without actually cooking the egg itself. (A great public health innovation, if you ask me!) As a result, we don’t have to worry about the eggs in the cookie dough.The other, often underappreciated risk of raw cookie dough is the risk of the flour itself. While contamination of raw flour is rare, it can happen. Wheat grows in fields close to animals. When they “heed the call of nature,” as the FDA put it, wheat can become contaminated. In 2016, there was a nationwide recall of flour found to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that led to dozens of people getting sick. Some were even hospitalized, and one went into kidney failure.Such recall notices are extremely important. When we know that a product is contaminated, we can and should make absolutely sure to get rid of it. As soon as I read the recall notice, I checked whether my extra flour was recalled. It wasn’t. If it had been, or even if I hadn’t been sure, I would have thrown it out, no questions.A Right to Choose?But, this takes us to the second of my questions: If we take steps to minimize risk (such as using nonrecalled flour and pasteurized eggs), do consumers really have to stop eating cookie dough because of these risks?I’m the last person to say that communications about public health risks are unimportant. Public health officials have a duty to warn people about the health risks associated with raw egg and even raw flour. When we have evidence that specific people are at risk, public health officials need to actively promote the actions that those people can take to minimize the identified risk. Doing so supports both public health objectives and individual decision-making.By contrast, when a public health agency unequivocally states “Don’t eat raw dough” (regardless of whether flour or other ingredients were affected by a recall or not), it is implying (falsely) that no one could rationally disagree.Well, I’m a public health faculty member, and I disagree.I know that some public health officials will be horrified by my statement. They will believe that I am undermining their message and giving people permission to put themselves at risk unnecessarily.But the key word of the previous sentence is “unnecessarily.” Whether something is necessary or not is not a scientific judgment. It is a value judgment. An FDA official may personally believe that eating raw cookie dough isn’t important and choose to never eat it. That is their choice. At the same time, I can believe that eating cookie dough (made from flour known to be not part of the recall and pasteurized eggs) is something that I enjoy enough that I’m willing to put myself and my children at (a very small) risk to do.A rare burger comes with risk on the side. (Credit: Florence-Joseph McGinn/Shutterstock)Of Life and RiskAs public health experts, we don’t want people to treat food recalls like math problems and estimate their likelihood of getting sick. If you have affected food, you need to act. Period.But if I know that my flour is not recalled, then there is no specific reason to believe that the flour is not OK to eat raw. The only risk is the very small, baseline risk – for example, that the flour has been contaminated by a different and as-of-yet unknown source.We can’t pretend that we live our lives without risk. I put myself and my children at risk every time we get into our car. Every time we eat sushi or rare hamburgers. Every time one of us takes medications. Every time we ride a bike or play soccer.Yet, many of us choose to do those things anyway, while minimizing risk when we can (for example, by wearing seat belts and bike helmets). We choose life and risk over safety and a life a little less enjoyable. It is not irrational to treat cookie dough the same way.So, to my fellow public health practitioners: Let’s keep working on informing the public about health risks that they may not anticipate or appreciate. Motivating people to take immediate action about specific food recalls. Encouraging people to minimize risks.At the same time, let’s all please remind ourselves that our goal is not to minimize all risk, no matter the cost. Our goal is to maximize life. Sometimes maximizing life means warning people that their flour is contaminated and making sure they throw it out. Sometimes maximizing life means letting them enjoy some (carefully prepared) cookie dough without shame.There is risk in eating raw cookie dough. Nonetheless, as I noted in my Twitter reply to Dr. Gottleib’s rhyme: “… if raw dough makes you rejoice, accepting risk might be a choice. … But it’s your choice re what to do. Neither FDA nor I are you.”This is an updated version of an article that was published originally on July 14, 2016.Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of MichiganThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

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