The First Immutable Truth of Business

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Your business is about serving your clients. It is about making a difference for those clients. That is what a business does, and everything else needs to be aligned around this one idea. Things like “shareholder value” are a distraction.This is an immutable truth of business:The people who know the most about clients are the people who actually serve those clients. They know the most about clients because they spend time with them, they deal with them directly, and they are on the front lines when it comes to the challenges presented by serving those clients. No one knows more.Unless a leader is in front of clients often enough to have that same experience, they think of clients in the abstract.Unless marketing spends time with clients, clients are a collection of demographic and psychographic surveys and research.Your clients aren’t names on a billing or profit report.It doesn’t matter what your title is, and it doesn’t matter how much research you perform, unless you spend time with your clients, you don’t know anything about them, collectively or individually.No one ever says, “We have a major problem with a client. Let’s see if we can get help from the shareholders. They have a lot riding on this.”If you want to know how to produce better results for your clients, go and spend time with them. If you want to understand how you can create greater value for the people and companies you serve, go and listen to them. If you want to know how challenging it is to serve those client, go and spend time with the people who are actually doing the work and trying to live your value proposition.Clients aren’t an abstraction. If you want to improve your performance, go and feel what it is like to deal with the concrete reality of serving your clients.last_img read more

Podcast: The Current State of Sales – Episode #117

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:46 — 9.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSMy observations of the current landscape in sales as it exists right now, and it isn’t pretty. Selling is difficult-and growing more so over time. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

37 J&K policemen killed in 2018

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir police witnessed the highest number of casualties among its men in two decades, with 37 policemen killed in 2018 in heightened militant attacks on them, according to police data. Of the 37 policemen, eight were special police officers (SPOs) and 29 were ‘regular’ policemen. The data also shows that J&K Police lost 31 men to militant attacks in 2017, with increased militancy in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing in 2016. “However, this year [2018] J&K police saw even more casualties than the last year [2017],” said a police officer.The highest number of 23 policemen were killed in the first half of the year. Even during the Ramzan ceasefire, when security forces followed a cessation of operations from May 16 up to June 17, militant attacks continued and left five policemen dead.The abduction and killing of three policemen by over two dozen militants on September 21 in Shopian triggered a wave of panic in the police ranks, especially among lower-rung SPOs in south Kashmir. According to police figures, 47 policemen, mainly lower-rung SPOs, uploaded videos online and made public announcements of their resignations. SPOs withdrawnA police advisory has asked all policemen to “avoid visiting their homes in south Kashmir without informing the respective police stations.” In a fresh order, under-trained SPOs, who have of late become the targets of militants in south Kashmir, have been withdrawn from serving as personal security officers to senior police officers and protected persons.“SPOs performing duties of personal security officers is not as per the norms and [they are] not trained to do so,” said an order issued by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Law and Order, Muneer Khan. The order also seeks a list of SPOs withdrawn by October 5. “In case any SPO does not report back, the honorarium may not be released and their disengagement orders will be issued,” reads the order. The fresh order comes in the wake of resignations made by the SPOs, and the latest case of a SPO stealing eight service rifles from a legislator in Srinagar.Rifles lootedIn another disturbing trend, militants made 25 attempts to snatch weapons this year, and succeeded in decamping with 24 service rifles from the policemen, mainly in the volatile districts of south Kashmir. There is a spike in such incidents, too, with only 15 cases of rifle snatching reported in central and south Kashmir in 2016. The gun snatching forced the police to set a new standard operating procedure, which included banning the use of mobile phones while on duty.last_img read more

Standhardinger beats PBA draft deadline

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippine Basketball Association Draft pool just got its first legitimate talent who can turn a franchise around.Christian Standhardinger declared for the Draft on Monday as applications for overseas-born aspirants closed, immediately becoming the hands-down top overall prospect because of his size and exemplary attitude.ADVERTISEMENT Travel-weary Yemenis dream big The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger, whose mother hails from Angono, Rizal, easily stands out from a bumper crop of aspirants who beat the deadline, counting former La Salle ace Jason Perkins and San Beda College’s Davon Potts.Standhardinger, 27, stood out in the Jones Cup in Taiwan, Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, where the Philippines took the gold medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHe is seen as someone who can dominate the middle in the PBA much like June Mar Fajardo has done for San Miguel Beer.The Draft is set on Oct. 29 with KIA Picanto likely to have the top overall pick. From among the homegrown talents, the applications of Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks are also being keenly awaited by fans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Saina Nehwal crashes out of India Open Super Series

first_imgThe stunned silence at the Siri Fort Sports Complex said it all. For about five minutes after the match, people were rooted to their seats. For they had just witnessed the unthinkable.Top seed Saina Nehwal had crashed out after losing 17-21, 19-21 to Japan’s Ai Goto in mere 34 minutes and that too in the opening round of the India Open Super Series Badminton Championships on Wednesday.It was not the defeat but the manner of it which shocked her fans. Incidentally, this was the first time in five years that Saina failed to clear the opening round in any tournament.Right from the beginning of the match, it was clear that Saina was not able to move even half of what she is capable of. The ankle injury definitely is more serious than what the Indian think-tank made it out to be, for the Hyderabadi seemed hesitant to stretch fully for a shot.Speaking to media, a clearly crestfallen Saina did not have much of an explanation.”Even before I realised, the match was over. She (Goto) was simply too good for me today. Whatever, I did was just not enough to beat her,” said Saina.Saina denied that she had still not fully recovered from her injury. “Look, this defeat has got nothing to do with the ankle injury. It is just that I could not move the way I would have liked to,” she said.Right from the moment she stepped into court, it was clear that Saina was far from her best.advertisementHer normally reliable cross court smashes lacked the bite and her net play was well below par.On the other hand, Gato, who had lost to Saina in the straight games of the Thomas and Uber Cup last year, showed that she had improved a lot. Her smashes had the sting and some of her retrievals were too good. To top it all, it was her net play which stood her apart and she looked a lot better than her world rankings of 24.In both the games, she made Saina run all over the court, fully realizing that the Indian was not moving at her best. And instead of smashing, which she normally does, she was content to rally with Saina.There was more disappointment for the Indian players in the men’s singles category as Arvind Bhat, Anup Sridhar, Anand Pawar, Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy all lost their matches.Meanwhile, third seeded Peter Gade of Denmark had to fight off four match points before overcoming Japanese Yamada 13-21, 22-20, 21-8.last_img read more

Late Night? Bookman Lights Will Guide You Home

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt When the phrase “bike accessories” is spoken, it’s easy to associate it with your childhood wheels. Baskets, bells and spoke knick knacks certainly pop into our minds. And though each can serve it’s own special purpose, making your bicycle safer and more useful, these accessories can also clutter your bike and even weigh it down. And because you have such sleek taste, you wouldn’t want those things to cramp your style. That’s where BOOKMAN Lights come in.But wait, what is BOOKMAN? A group of Swedish industrial engineering students, with half a semester of school left to go, decided in 2009 they wanted to be their own bosses. And so, as dedicated cyclists themselves, they set out to invent a bike accessory that would complement rather than detract from their beloved mode of transportation. And so BOOKMAN was born with the USB Light as its front-running product.What makes the BOOKMAN USB Light different from other bike lights? Glad you asked. Not only is it compact and lightweight, this tiny device is majorly bright: it boasts a visibility of more than 500 meters. It fits all bicycles and is easy to attach with its elastic rubber band fastener. The BOOKMAN USB Light is weather resistant, so it won’t get cranky in the rain, sleet or snow. It can run steadily for five hours or flashing for 25. Need to use it tonight? It fully charges in two hours, just enough time for you to sneak in a shower and disco nap before heading out.Ready to go shopping? Of course you are. The BOOKMAN Light is available online at and retail stores across the United States. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United Stateslast_img read more

City expected to approve Halloween bylaw restricting older teens setting curfew

first_imgBATHURST, N.B. – Changes to a controversial Halloween bylaw banning older teenagers from trick-or-treating and setting an early curfew for anyone in disguise were expected to be approved in a northern New Brunswick city Monday night.Bathurst city council was set to vote on proposed amendments that would slacken the existing Halloween bylaw following a final reading Monday night.The new rules would forbid anyone older than 16 from trick-or-treating and set a curfew at 8 p.m., easing the current rules banning teens over age 14 from collecting candy door-to-door, with a 7 p.m. cut-off.Under the proposed changes, teens over 16 found roaming the streets for treats or anyone dressed in public in a “facial disguise” from a zombie mask to a witch’s veil after curfew can be fined up to $200.Bathurst police say they’ll use common sense enforcing the Halloween bylaw if it passes third reading.“If some child is walking around at 8:05 p.m. and has a mask on, we’re not necessarily going to give them a ticket,” said Const. Jeff Chiasson. “But if we do find people over the age of 16 throwing apples or stealing candies from other kids or things like that, that’s where the imposition of the fines would be put into place.”The bylaw gives police a tool to prevent and stop mischief, he said, adding that fines would be used only as a last resort.“We’re not going to be stopping every single person but if there is activity that is consistent with something illegal, it’s more or less a tool that we can use to stop and question that person and say ‘Hey listen it’s 9 o’clock at night, you’re 19 years old, where are you heading?’” Chiasson said.Although he said Bathurst hasn’t seen any crime directly attributed to trick-or-treaters in recent years, Chiasson said there have been some “scary clown” sightings reported.“I think the spirit of this is to prevent any mischief,” he said, noting that before the first iteration of the bylaw was ushered in police received numerous complaints on Halloween night.Bathurst deputy mayor Kim Chamberlain has said the proposed changes to the bylaw don’t go far enough.She argued that the bylaw should be scrapped altogether, calling it an overreach for city councillors to impose Halloween rules.Chamberlain said homeowners can turn out their porch lights if they don’t want trick-or-treaters past a certain hour.As Bathurst debates who can go trick-or-treating when, some school boards across the country have issued guidelines to parents on what costumes children are allowed to wear.But critics say efforts to sanitize Halloween attire and avoid offending anyone have gone too far.A Winnipeg school’s decision to stop students from wearing costumes to class on Halloween has upset some parents, who argue its not fair to deny their kids the fun.Ecole Sage Creek School has opted to have four different themed dress-up days during the week where Halloween falls, including a “tie and scarf” day on Oct. 31.The principal of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school said some kids wore scary or gory costumes that frightened younger children, or weren’t age-appropriate.Meanwhile, an Ontario school board has warned parents about costumes that represents a stereotype or mocks a culture.— Story by Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Husky Energy gets help from Q2 tax relief but profit down from

first_imgCALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. says its second-quarter financial results were dragged by a heavy maintenance schedule, non-routine write offs and expenses, but those negatives were partly offset by a one-time tax benefit.The integrated oil and gas company had $370 million of net earnings in the quarter, including a negative impact from $77 million in after-tax adjustments that were offset by a $233 million benefit from Alberta corporate tax reductions.The profit amounted to 36 cents per share, down from 44 cents per share, or $448 million overall, in last year’s second quarter. However, net income was above the consensus estimate of 32 cents per share from financial markets data firm Refinitiv. It didn’t provide a revenue estimate for Husky’s second quarter.Husky says its revenue net of royalties was $5.30 billion, down from $5.88 billion in last year’s second quarter. Funds from operations dropped to $802 million or 80 cents per share from $1.21 billion or $1.20 per share.The Calgary-based company says it’s on track with a plan outlined at its recent investor day.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

General Assembly begins debate on UN rights probe into Gaza conflict

4 November 2009The General Assembly today began its debate on the report of the United Nations probe which found that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations during the Gaza conflict earlier this year. The report is the result of a three-month investigation, led by Justice Richard Goldstone, a former prosecutor at the UN war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and mandated by the UN Human Rights Council.The four-member team found evidence that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants committed serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, which may amount to crimes against humanity, during the conflict in December 2008 and January 2009. The report calls for a number of measures, including its referral to the Security Council, since neither the Government of Israel nor the responsible Palestinian authorities have so far carried out any credible investigations into alleged violations.In addition to the debate, the Assembly is considering a draft resolution, tabled by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of Arab States, by which it would endorse the report, and request the Secretary-General to transmit it to the Security Council. The Assembly would also call for independent investigations by both the Israelis and the Palestinians within three months. “What the Goldstone report essentially constitutes is another damning record of the Israeli crimes committed against our people under occupation,” the Palestinian representative, Riyad Mansour, told the Assembly, adding that its recommendations represent a significant contribution to the pursuit of accountability and justice.He called on Member States to support the draft resolution, which was an important step to end impunity and the absence of justice that obstructed peace efforts and prolonged the suffering of civilians.Ambassador Gabriela Shalev of Israel said that the fact-finding mission, with a “one-sided mandate,” was a politicized body set up to reach pre-determined conclusions. “It is the product of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, a body whose obsession with Israel had led it to pass more resolutions against Israel than on all other UN Member States put together.“It makes explosive charges against Israel – yet the evidence provided to support such accusations is at best uncorroborated, and at worst false,” she stated. Opening the meeting, which was slated to hear from more than 40 speakers, Assembly President Ali Treki said that despite the political sensitivities associated with the report, the question before the Assembly was simple.“We have to answer whether the respect of human rights is universal or not? Whether we should be divided on human rights issues or should we remain united behind advocating their respect all over the world?“Let us be clear on what is at stake here: the human rights of nearly 2 million civilians,” said Mr. Treki, adding that “without justice there can be no progress towards peace.” read more

Head of UN probe into Hariri murder has first meeting with Syrian

The head of the United Nations panel looking into last year’s assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri today held his first meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Serge Brammertz, chief of the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) which has already reported finding evidence pointing to both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the bomb attack that killed the ex-premier and 22 others in Beirut, also met with Vice-President Farouk al-Shar’a in Damascus, the Syrian capital. In a report to the Security Council in March, Mr. Brammertz said he had been promised a meeting with Mr. Assad during the upcoming month. In contrast to earlier problems with Syrian cooperation, he reported progress in this “critical area,” with a common understanding reached regarding access to individuals, sites and information. The Security Council set up UNIIIC after an earlier UN mission found Lebanon’s own investigation seriously flawed and Syria primarily responsible for the political tension preceding Mr. Hariri’s murder. In the latest report, Mr. Brammertz wrote that UNIIIC intended to request “full, unhindered and direct access” to documents, facilities and sites, as well as interviews with Syrian citizens. Despite the cited progress, “it is important to note that the Commission will ultimately judge cooperation of the Syrian authorities on the merits of the information provided and promptness with which its requests are being accommodated,” he added. read more

Mali UN European Union team up to restore Timbuktus cultural heritage

With 500,000 euros provided by the European Union, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will coordinate the reconstruction of destroyed mausoleums, the rehabilitation of mosques and private libraries, as well as ancient manuscript conservation projects. Local personnel will also be trained to ensure lasting preservation.Timbuktu was an economic, intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa during the city’s golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova welcomed the support extended to Mali and the heritage reconstruction project by the European Union and other donors.“The agreement signed today shows that we are on track,” she stated in a news release. “Two mausoleums have now been rebuilt and this new agreement comes at an opportune moment to speed up work underway and ensure that the people of Mali can reclaim heritage that is essential to their identity and that can contribute to reconciliation. “This is vital for Mali and is important for the rest of the world because World Heritage is common to us all,” she said.Fourteen of the 16 mausoleums of Timbuktu inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List were destroyed by armed groups during the conflict. The manuscripts of Mali constitute a unique documentary collection that bears testimony to the history of Africa and of humanity as a whole. During the conflict, more than 4,000 of the 40,000 manuscripts kept at the Ahmed Baba Institute were lost. Some were burned or stolen, while more than 10,000 remain in a critical condition. Local communities secretly transferred more than 300,000 manuscripts to the capital, Bamako. They are now conserved in conditions that are not optimal for their safeguarding, according to UNESCO.The heritage project will be led in cooperation with the Malian Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Scientific Research, with logistical support from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). read more

Aalborg sign exmember Mikkel Ibsen

Mikkel Ibsen The fourth team of the Danish handball in season behind us, Aalborg, announced signing of one ex-member, left back Mikkel Ibsen (28). Ibsen was a member of AaB until 2008, when he left Aalborg to gain experience in other Danish teams, but also Swedish LeagueStoholm IF, SønderjyskE and Ystads IF)– We are pleased to welcome Mikkel Ibsen welcome back to the club. He is a technically very skilled, quick and crafty player, and he has in recent years gained extensive experience in both the Danish and Swedish league, says Aalborg Handball director Jan Larsen in a press release from the club.source: ← Previous Story Sporting Lisboa sign Slovenian goalie Aljoša Čudić Next Story → Alexandros Alvanos remains in PAOK! read more

Dell users complain that some laptops smell of cat wee

first_imgAt first, Dell representatives advised users to clean their keyboards and use compressed air. But it soon emerged that this didn’t help.A senior technician named Steve began responding to queries, saying that the company was investigating and adding: “I’ll go out on a limb here and say that the smell is not related to cat urine or any other type of biological contaminate nor is it a health hazard.”Luckily, some people brought a sense of humour to the discussion.One also suggested:I think the fine Dell engineers have struck on a fantastic idea that could revolutionize the industry … scented computers. The current model would be the “Catitude,” which doubles as a computer and kitty scratching post.(Steve, who evidently has the patience of a saint, said he would forward this suggestion to the engineering team.)The problem was eventually located in the palm rest assembly, Dell said. Its statement read:When the Latitude 6430u was launched we received feedback from some customers commenting on an odour around the laptop. Dell immediately addressed the customer comments in order to resolve the situation […] The manufacturing process has subsequently been amended and newly purchased Latitude 6430us are not affected by the issue.Hurray for non-cat-wee-smelling computers!Which foods can you eat straight from the jar?>Gaming granny goes on a rant about British Gas while playing GTA V> A NUMBER OF people who bought Dell Latitude 6430u laptops over the past year noticed a problem with their new toys: they smelled strongly of cat wee.It caused bafflement among users. “This is beyond weird,” one wrote online. Another said their laptop smelt “like a pack of well hydrated feral cats have used it for target practice”.The mystery aroma was caused by a “specific manufacturing process” and was not a hazard or any kind of biological contamination, the company said in a statement.The manufacturing process responsible has now been changed, the statement added, meaning new Latitude 6430u units no longer smell of cat wee.The issue first arose when a user posted on the Dell laptop support forums: So a few weeks ago I got a new Lattitude 6430u for work. The machine is great, but it smells as if it was assembled near a tomcats litter box.  It is truly awful! It  seems to be coming from the keyboard.Several others chimed in:I thought for sure one of my cats sprayed it […] It’s embarrassing taking it to clients because it smells so bad.andI almost started the week with my cat at the vet…getting the needle…but after checking my bag […] I can’t blame the cat.  Now I read this…good gosh it stinks. […] it’s almost burning my eyes.last_img read more

Torays touchscreen film promises to cut down on fingerprints

first_imgOne of the problems with using touchscreen devices is the amount of fingerprint oil that builds up on the display. While it doesn’t inhibit the actual use of the touchscreen, it very quickly starts to look messy and regularly needs cleaning. The same is true regardless of whether you use a screen film on top of your display or not.Japanese company Toray have been trying to solve the fingerprint problem in their labs. Although they haven’t managed to fix it completely, they are showing off a new film at the Nano tech 2012 conference in Tokyo that certainly seems to minimize the amount of oil settling on your smartphone or tablet devices.Toray’s film works due to the use of a wrinkled nanometer surface, known as a wet coating, that makes it difficult for fingerprints to stick to. That is further enhanced by coating the surface with an oil-repelling material. The end result is a film that picks up far fewer fingerprint marks, or at the very least presents them as less visible as the image below demonstrates:The film has yet to leave Toray’s research labs, but it already looks very promising. As it’s a film rather than part of a display, it shouldn’t take long when it does appear to be available for most devices. However, if it works this well I’m sure a few smartphone and tablet manufacturers will be interested in finding out if they can include it directly on their touchscreen displays.Read more at DigInfolast_img read more

Garda ombudsman notified after man dies following incident at Midlands Regional Hospital

first_img Image: 26,834 Views Short URL Garda ombudsman notified after man dies following incident at Midlands Regional Hospital Gardaí are understood to have had an interaction with the man before he died. Share24 Tweet Email Mar 25th 2019, 7:56 AM THE GARDA SÍOCHÁNA Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) is examining the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Mullingar, Co Westmeath on Saturday.It’s understood that gardaí were called to Midlands Regional Hospital on Saturday evening, where they had an interaction with the 40 year-old man.The man returned home, but later returned to the hospital by ambulance and was pronounced dead on Saturday night.Gardaí in Mullingar subsequently referred the death of the man to Gsoc under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.A spokeswoman for Gsoc said that the ombudsman’s investigators have travelled to Mullingar, and that the matter remains under examination.A post-mortem on the man’s body is due to be carried out later this morning.A garda spokesman said that as the matter had been referred to Gsoc, the force would not comment on the investigation. Image: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 3 Comments By Stephen McDermott Monday 25 Mar 2019, 7:56 AMlast_img read more

Danse des scientifiques découvrent les pas qui plaisent le plus aux femmes

first_imgDanse : des scientifiques découvrent les pas qui plaisent le plus aux femmesRoyaume-Uni – Une équipe de chercheurs britanniques affirme avoir longuement étudié la danse et ses effets sur les femmes, pour découvrir les pas qui rendent les hommes attirants aux yeux de la gent féminine.Afin de décoder les pas de danse des hommes et leur impact de séduction sur les femmes, des psychologues de l’université de Northumbria ont filmé avec une caméra 3D dix-neuf jeunes hommes volontaires âgés de 18 à 35 ans, en train de se déhancher sur la piste.Les chercheurs ont ensuite projeté cette vidéo à 37 femmes hétérosexuelles, afin d’observer leurs réactions. Pour que l’attention du gynécée soit concentrée sur les mouvements des danseurs, et non perturbée par leur apparence physique, les pas et gestes de danse ont été transférés sur un avatar virtuel.Les résultats de cette étude ont mené à huit variables permettant de différencier, aux yeux de la gent féminine, un bon d’un mauvais danseur. Des mouvements amples et variés du cou et du tronc figurent en tête de cette liste. Pour le Dr Nick Neave, qui a dirigé ces travaux publiés par le Royal Society Journal, ces mouvements sont appréciés par les femmes parce qu’ils “sont des signes de force, de souplesse et devitalité”.À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Les psychologues ont par ailleurs noté que l’amplitude des mouvements de l’épaule et du poignet gauches, comme la vitesse de déplacement du genou droit, auraient un rôle prédominant dans le pouvoir de séduction de la danse. Pourquoi ? Les chercheurs n’ont pas encore trouvé de réponse claire. Mais ils affirment : “Il doit y avoir une multitude de façons de danser selon les cultures, mais l’importance des mouvements fondamentaux sera identique”.Si d’autres études, menées auprès de cultures différentes aux canons de danse variés doivent être réalisées pour confirmer ces résultats, le Dr Neave et son équipe affirment que “l’étude est la première à montrer de manière objective ce qui différencie un bon danseur d’un mauvais”. Et d’ajouter que “les hommes du monde entier seront intéressés de savoir quels pas de danse ils doivent esquisser pour attirer les femmes”.Les chercheurs ont désormais l’intention de lancer une nouvelle recherche. Cette fois, ils étudieront les pas de danse des femmes qui plaisent le plus aux hommes.Le 8 septembre 2010 à 16:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les tigres pourraient disparaître dici 12 ans

first_imgLes tigres pourraient disparaître d’ici 12 ansEn l’absence de mesures pour contrer leur extinction, les tigres pourraient disparaître d’ici douze ans, prévient le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF).”Selon le pire scenario, les tigres pourraient disparaître à la prochaine année du Tigre (au vu du calendrier chinois), dans douze ans”, a déclaré à l’AFP Ola Jennersten, chef du programme international de la préservation de la nature de la branche suédoise du WWF. Le Fonds mondial pour la nature espère que le sommet international sur le tigre, qui a lieu jusqu’à mercredi à St-Pétersbourg, en Russie, pourra renverser cette tendance. L’organisation mène une campagne mondiale visant à doubler le nombre de tigres d’ici 2022. Les treize pays qui possèdent encore ces félins à l’état sauvage (Bangladesh, Bhoutan, Cambodge, Chine, Inde, Indonésie, Laos, Malaisie, Birmanie, Népal, Thaïlande, Vietnam et Russie) ont accepté de soutenir ce programme, qui nécessite 350 millions de dollars (255 millions d’euros) sur douze ans. Les gouvernements comptent sur la générosité de plusieurs donateurs pour rassembler cette somme. Ce programme vise à protéger l’habitat des tigres (en préservant les forêts et d’autres espèces, notamment), empêcher le braconnage, et le commerce de leur peau mais aussi de leurs organes, censés avoir des vertus curatives selon certaines médecines orientales. Au XXe siècle, tout cela a eu pour conséquence la disparition de 97% des tigres de la planète, selon le WWF. Aujourd’hui il ne resterait que 3.200 de ces félins dans le monde. Ils étaient encore 100.000 le siècle dernier. Le 22 novembre 2010 à 10:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

10 Best Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

first_imgMore than a decade has passed since J.K. Rowling wrapped up the Harry Potter series, but fans worldwide continue to celebrate the Wizarding World in books, films, and culture.With the holidays around the corner, it’s a great time to surprise your favorite Potterhead with the most magical gift. From Hogwarts House dinnerware to spellbinding remotes, these Harry Potter-themed gifts will wow all the Muggles on your list.Harry Potter Remote Control WandHarry Potter Remote Control Wand (Photo Credit: Amazon)We can’t do magic spells, but this Harry Potter Remote Control Wand comes close enough. Just swish and flick to turn on electronic devices with infrared remote control, like your Blu-ray player, stereo, or TV. You can program up to nine gestures to switch channels, adjust the volume, and more right from your couch.Buy it HereHarry Potter Horcrux Bookmark SetHarry Potter Horcrux Bookmark Set (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Hold the favorite part of your novel (or soul) with these Harry Potter Horcrux Bookmarks. The set includes a bookmark for Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, Tom Riddle’s diary, Marvolo Gaunt’s ring, Salazar Slytherin’s locket, Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem, Lord Voldemort’s snake Nagini, and a lightning bolt.Buy it HereHarry Potter Wizard Chess SetHarry Potter Wizard Chess Set (Photo Credit: Amazon)Have the ultimate duel with this Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set. It’s replicated like the one in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book, and comes with 32 chess pieces, a playing board, and storage pouches for hours of competitive play.Buy it HereHarry Potter The Knight Bus Lego SetHarry Potter The Knight Bus Lego Set (Photo Credit: Amazon)What’s better than a transit bus? The Knight Bus of course. You can build the magical vehicle with this Harry Potter Knight Bus Lego Set, which comes complete with Hedwig, a shrunken head, Stan Shunpike, Ernie Prang, and Harry Potter mini figures. Just remember to hold on tight.Buy it HereHogwarts Alumni Unisex T-ShirtHarry Potter Hogwarts Alumni T-Shirt (Photo Credit: Amazon)Hogwarts graduates rejoice: we’ve found the perfect swag for your post-spell school days. This Harry Potter Hogwarts Alumni T-Shirt features the Hogwarts crest and four houses. Wear this to brunch, gym, and basically anywhere to show off your wizarding school spirit.Buy it HereHarry Potter Hand-Controlled CandleHarry Potter Hand-Controlled Candle (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Lumos! Give your home much-needed light with this Harry Potter Hand-Controlled Candle. All you have to do is wave your hand over the candle to illuminate a room. Plus, you’ll get lighting in the Hogwarts House colors on three brightness settings.Buy it HereWorld of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit GameHarry Potter Trivial Pursuit Game (Photo Credit: Amazon)Have the ultimate game night with this Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit Game. Get your squad together and test your knowledge of all the Harry Potter movies. With 1,800 questions spanning The Dark Arts and Magical People, you’ll be mastering all things wizardry in no time.Buy it HereHarry Potter Uniform ClutchHarry Potter Uniform Clutch (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Wear your favorite Hogwarts House with a Harry Potter Uniform Clutch. Whether you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, this accessory can fit all your essentials, including keys, a wallet, credit cards, and a smartphone.Buy it HereFunko 5 Star: Harry Potter Vinyl FigureFunko 5-Star: Harry Potter Vinyl Figure (Photo Credit: Amazon)If you’re a fan of collectibles, this Funko 5-Star Harry Potter Vinyl Figure makes the cut. You can display these cute Harry Potter and Hedwig figures with your other spellbinding goods at home.Buy it HereHarry Potter Hogwarts House Dinner SetHarry Potter Hogwarts House Dinner Set (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Have a banquet-style feast at your pad with this Harry Potter Hogwarts House Dinner Set. It comes with four place settings featuring the Hogwarts Houses, so you’ll have more than enough dishes for your hungry Muggle crew.Buy it HereMore at Teases 2019 Launch of AR Game ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’11 ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Who Deserve Their Own MovieToy Tuesday: The Most Magical Harry Potter Toys Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Stay on targetlast_img read more

Armed protesters were on Portland rooftop in August police now say

first_imgPORTLAND — Members of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer stationed themselves on a downtown Portland rooftop with a cache of guns prior to a summer protest, city officials announced for the first time Monday – the same day Mayor Ted Wheeler learned about it, his aides said.That shocking revelation came Monday as Portland officials scrambled to find a way to end the repeated violent clashes between dueling political factions downtown.Prior to the start of a scheduled Aug. 4 demonstration, “the Portland Police Bureau discovered individuals who positioned themselves on a rooftop parking structure in downtown Portland with a cache of firearms,” Wheeler said during a City Hall press conference. Berk Nelson, a senior mayoral aide, later said the weapons included “long guns.”The people on the rooftop were members of Patriot Prayer, said Assistant Chief Ryan Lee, who appeared at the press conference with Wheeler and other police officials. Police officers seized the weapons found on the rooftop that day, but they were later given back. No arrests were made because the protesters had not broken any laws and all had licenses to carry concealed weapons, Lee said. Neither Lee nor Wheeler named the people who guns were seized from.Asked why the public was not told of the incident sooner, Chief Danielle Outlaw said, “Hindsight is always perfect.” Outlaw said the Police Bureau warns the public that protesters may be armed. Both right- and left-wing demonstrators have come to Portland protests armed, she said.last_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory Remains In Effect For Peninsula Use Caution

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 2pm Tuesday, but could be extended depending on fire behavior. Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” Interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at The monitor in Sterling can be found at read more