first_img REVEALED Origi in action for Liverpool in a pre-season clash against Tranmere moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Watford are considering a move for out of favour Liverpool striker Divock Origi.The Reds are keen to sell Origi, 23, as part of a desired summer clearout at Anfield. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND However, the Hornets only want to take Origi on a season-long loan rather than pay Liverpool’s £26million asking price for a permanent deal, despite being boosted by the £50million sale of Richarlison.Fellow Belgian Michy Batshuayi is also in the running to move to Vicarage Road but Spanish side Valencia appear to be the favourites to sign the Chelsea man.Origi spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg and returned to Liverpool for the start of their pre-season campaign.But it seems Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke are higher in the pecking order up front, suggesting Origi will look for a move elsewhere. targets LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED 1 LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

first_imgIn addition to the blood and bone, thearrow heads also held traces of glue in theform of a plant-based resin that thescientists think was used to fasten themonto wooden or reed shafts. Marlize Lombard, a researcher andlecturer in Anthropology at the Universityof Johannesburg, at the Sibundu Cave sitein the north of KwaZulu-Natal province.(Images: University of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lyn WadleyHonorary Professor, School of Geography,Archaeology and Environmental StudiesUniversity of the Witwatersrand+27 11 717 [email protected] African archaeologists have found what is believed to be the earliest evidence of human-made stone-tipped arrows, 64 000-year-old stone tools – still with traces of blood and bone – that push the development of bow-and-arrow technology back 20 000 years and throw light on humanity’s cognitive development.The finds, unearthed from layers of very old sediment in Sibundu Cave in the north of KwaZulu-Natal province, were made by Marlize Lombard of the University of Johannesburg and a team of researchers and scientists under the leadership of Lyn Wadley of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), also in Johannesburg.A bone point that could have been an arrow tip was also excavated from the site in 2008 by Lucinda Backwell and colleagues from Wits.The shape of the geometric stone pieces indicated where they had been impacted and damaged, and how they were hafted, Lombard said. “This showed that the pieces were very likely to have been the tips of projectiles – rather than sharp points on the end of hand-held spears.”In addition to the blood and bone, the arrow heads also held traces of glue in the form of a plant-based resin that the scientists think was used to fasten them onto wooden or reed shafts.“The presence of glue implies that people were able to produce composite tools – tools where different elements produced from different materials are glued together to make a single artefact,” said Lombard.The sophistication of the arrows sheds light on the development of human intelligence, scientists believe. According to Larry Barham from the University of Liverpool, “This is an indicator of a cognitively demanding behaviour.”The discovery, together with other evidence, pushes back the development of bow-and-arrow technology by at least 20 000 years. The team’s findings were published in the latest issue journal Antiquity.Ancient engineering Scientists’ interest in early bows and arrows stems from the light the weapons shine on the technological and cognitive abilities of early Homo sapiens.“Hunting with a bow and arrow requires intricate multi-staged planning, material collection and tool preparation and implies a range of innovative social and communication skills,” the researchers wrote in their article.Lombard said that her ultimate aim was to explore the big question: “When did we start to think in the same way that we do now?”“Together with additional evidence from Sibudu produced by Prof Wadley and her team, and other South African sites such as Blombos, under the direction of Prof Chris Henshilwood, we are becoming more and more confident that 60 000 to 70 000 years ago, in Southern Africa, people were behaving, on a cognitive level, very similarly to us.”Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum in London said the work added to the view that modern humans in Africa 60 000 years ago had begun to hunt in a “new way”.Neanderthals and early humans, he explained, were likely to have been “ambush predators”, who needed to get close to their prey in order to dispatch them.“This work further extends the advanced behaviours inferred for early modern people in Africa,” Stringer said. “But the long gaps in the subsequent record of bows and arrows may mean that regular use of these weapons did not come until much later.“Indeed, the concept of bows and arrows may even have had to be reinvented many millennia later.”last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We’re left wondering how Foursquare’s current user base will react to this move. Do they really want “Bravolebreties”, as Foursquare has dubbed them, suggesting drinks? Or was it the homegrown, user-created flavor that they liked about the service?In the end, it may not really matter. The move may serve to distinguish the service from the increasing number of competitors while attracting a whole new user base and solidify Foursquare’s presence in the location-based check-in sphere. While the service may have become popular among the techie crowd, a partnership with a major cable network may vault Foursquare into a whole new level – the in-crowd. mike melanson Related Posts Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Foursquare and Bravo announced a partnership today that will attempt to link Foursquare’s users with viewers of Bravo. New features will offer badges and special prizes when Foursquare users check in at locations featured in Bravo TV shows. The partnership is likely an attempt by Foursquare to fend off competitors in a space it once held as its own but that has become increasingly crowded as of late. The location-based social networking service is barely a year old, but has already become one of the most popular in a booming sphere. Just last week, we heard rumors that Facebook was the latest in a line of big-time players getting on the location-based check-in wagon. Just last month, Yelp announced it was adding location-based check-ins to its service, causing many to wonder how the move would affect Foursquare.Starting today, Foursquare has begun offering new badges when its users visit one of more than 500 locations featured in Bravo shows, including “The Real Housewives,” “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Top Chef,” “Kell on Earth,” “Top Chef Masters” and “Shear Genius.” In addition to these badges, Foursquare is now offering tips on restaurants, salons and other businesses from the stars of Bravo’s TV shows. The partnership puts Foursquare, which many had seen previously as a just-for-geeks type of app, directly in the sights of prime time viewers.As the Bits Blog points out, this partnership will put Bravo and Foursquare on the forefront of attempts to merge mobile with TV, a direction that has proven difficult so far. The service does, however, seem custom tailored to Bravo’s programming, which focuses on fashion, food, and the out-on-the-town section of society. “With Foursquare people leave content behind for others to find, like tips of the best drink at a bar,” said Dennis Crowley, Foursquare’s chief executive, in Bits. “With shows that are tied to real locations in real cities enhancing this with content from contestants and judges on Top Chef or another Bravo show is going to make it even more interesting.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgForecasting isn’t easy. Even if you try all the common tactics, like having three times more opportunities in the pipeline than you need to reach your goal in a quarter, it still isn’t easy to get forecasting right. And like everything else in sales, shortcuts only tend to make things worse. Some sales organizations try discounting to move deals forward, not recognizing that a lower price isn’t what is motivating change. Nor is it addressing the internal conversations they must have to agree to move forward at all.Even if you inquire about every opportunity every day, it has no impact on the forecast itself. There are, however, conversations you can have that will improve your forecast.Asking the Client Their Desired Go Live DateMuch of the time, the date the client would like to go live is a date that drives all the milestones between the time you ask and the time they go live. If you need 60 days from the day the client signs the contract in order to implement and begin executing their solution, you now have the information you need to ask the client whether they can work on that timeline.The client’s timeline is a more accurate guess, even though it still contains an opportunity to push. That said, it’s much better than an uneducated guess as a placeholder in your CRM.Asking the Client to Commit to Providing ResourcesIn some cases, when what you sell is complex and requires information and analysis, being able to move forward in the process requires the client provide you with information. Someone has to acquire that information and provide it to you. Asking the client to commit the resources to provide you what you need to create and present a solution gives you an indication as to whether or not you’re going to be able to keep a deal on track.Missed commitments on the client side, especially when it’s something as easy as providing information, may be an indication as to how well they’re going to keep greater commitments in the future. If you are unwilling to ask the client to commit to providing those resources by a specific date, trying to close their business by an artificial date that a salesperson put in the CRM isn’t going to be any easier.Asking the Client About Their ProcessWe spend a lot of time talking about our sales process and the importance of doing all the things we need to do to create and win an opportunity. I am sales process agnostic, believing they all have value while recognizing they are mostly an orienting generalization; they are a map and not the terrain. A large part of how well things go as you work through your process depends on how much you know about what the client has to do on their side. More often than not, you’ll be surprised to find out that the client hasn’t really thought through all of the things they need to do on their side. In The Lost Art of Closing, I wrote about commitments like collaboration, where you tailor your solution for the client, and consensus, and you bring in the stakeholders who are going to be impacted by a decision to change to get their buy-in.Asking the client about what needs to be accomplished on their side massively increases the odds of building a plan they can agree to and one that you can help them manage. This will improve your forecasting.There are also conversations you need to have with your salespeople.Asking the Salesperson Whose DateIf the date a deal is projected to close is the end of the month at the end of a quarter, those are salespeople dates, not client dates. Clients don’t tend to think they need to sign a contract the last day of the month or the last day of the quarter, and when they do it’s because they know you are likely to cave-in on your pricing. Salespeople use dates as placeholders, believing they can close the deal by that date. Mostly, they are wrong. This is why dates shift around quite a bit, and it takes us back to the first conversation, the one in which we ask the client what date they would like to go live.Your client has no idea what your timeline is, and so there is no way they can be committed to the dates that you are looking at, as they lack any awareness of that date.Asking the Salesperson What Still Needs to HappenHaving a conversation about what needs to be accomplished between the date you’re having a conversation and the date you are forecasting the client’s deal to close will give you some idea as to how close you are to being on course, or more likely, how far off you are. When there has been no collaboration, no consensus, no review of the solution, and no conversations about what execution might look like, you are right to be skeptical about the date being forecast.If you want to improve your ability to forecast, these five conversations will help you tremendously. More still, they will help you understand where you are when it comes to reaching your goals, and what you need to do about it.last_img read more

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government has told the Centre that it was Delhi-based news television channels which were portraying the State in a negative light and the situation was not that bad in the Valley.The concerns were shared by the J&K officials during a meeting with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who was in Srinagar to oversee security arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.‘Negative coverage’Officials posted in south Kashmir told the Home Secretary that schoolchildren from only 4-5 institutions were involved in throwing stones at security forces and the national media portrayed it as if all the 50,000 school and college students took part in violent acts.The Home Secretary was told that such negative coverage was a “low-cost” measure for Pakistan to stoke further violence in the Valley.Mr. Mehrishi visited Srinagar a day after Lt. Umeer Fayaz was abducted and killed by militants.J&K police officials also said the number of young men joining militancy had remained at 89-90, contrary to perceptions that a large number had joined the terrorist outfits. In 2015, around 60-62 youths were said to be with the Hizbul Mujahideen.Among the locals who took up arms, 38 are under matriculate, 42 matriculate, six graduates, two postgraduates and two with technical education, Mr. Mehrishi was informed.When Mr. Mehrishi visited a CRPF camp in Avantipura, a few jawans expressed unhappiness over the government’s ‘soft approach’ towards protesters, who threw stones at them.last_img read more

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “Everything happens for a reason, and this stop happened for me,” says the 20-year-old Pennisi. “I will be diving for my family and my biggest supporter, my mum.”Pennisi, raised in Brisbane, Queensland, made her official Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series debut last year as a Wild card entry at the sixth stop in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and she is looking build on the success of her rookie year.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, logistics“For me, this year is still about learning the sport of cliff diving,” says Pennisi. “I have only been cliff diving for less than a year, so I am focusing on doing consistent dives and getting high scores. I don’t have the biggest dives yet, but I am working on them. My goal is to place in the top 5 at all the competitions.”She is training six times a week to strengthen her core and leg for the season kick-off while mastering the execution of dives and somersaults. View comments Xantheia Pennisi performs at the Red Bull Cliff Diving Workshop in Manila last April 4. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Filipino-Australian cliff diver, Xantheia Pennisi is making her long-awaited homecoming for the upcoming Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series this April in El Nido, Palawan.Pennisi, whose mother is from Tarlac, is honored to be the first diver of Filipino descent to compete in the Cliff Diving World Series, which is making its only stop in Asia in the country.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘Refocused, more confident’ Joshua Pacio to show up in ONE strawweight title rematch “Once you have your fundamental diving skills, being consistent and confident with those dives on the lower boards will make a huge difference with the high dives,” said Pennisi.Xantheia Pennisi represents the Philippines and Australia in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIn her first trip to the Philippines in seven years, Pennisi is also excited to immerse in the Filipino culture and food and reunite with family.“I love the exotic fruit, especially green mango – they are my favorite!” said Pennisi. “I love the local markets and street food. The warm weather and all the incredible beaches are a great bonus, but seeing my family is my favorite part of the Philippines.”“I feel very special to be representing Australia and the Philippines. I know my family is supporting me, and I want to make them proud.” Celest Flores-ColinaADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more