Why Success Rewards Persistence and Punishes Quitting

first_img 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 Now Success is an auditor. It measures the precursors to success to determine who gets to obtain it—and for how long. It is quite often that people misunderstand what success is measuring, mistaking luck and circumstances, things outside of their control with the things that are within their control.Talent: Some believe that talent is what is necessary for success. While ability is helpful, it doesn’t seem to weigh very heavily in success’s ultimate analysis. Countless people waste their talents, and in doing so, never achieve what their ability might make possible.Hard Work: Others believe hard work is the key to success. Success values hard work and rejects anything less. Hard work carries a lot of weight, but success finds it necessary but not sufficient. By itself, hard work is not enough.Resourcefulness: Of all the human attributes, this is the linchpin. It is creativity in action. It allows one to solve problems and adjust their strategies and tactics. When plan A fails, resourcefulness gets you through the rest of the alphabet. Sadly, ingenuity is not always enough by itself, even though success demands it of you.Pluck: The word indicates a sort of determined courage. It’s an indication of one’s spirit, that indescribable attribute that you recognize when you see it. If you want to get success’s attention, your big, bold goals and the courage to pursue them might be enough to draw its eye. Your courage matters, but you need something more.Luck: The very nature of luck prevents you from being able to command good luck somehow. Being born with talent is mostly luck. Being born with resources is also luck. If there were a way to will good luck, taking a lot of shots would rank among the best strategies, but success may smile on you for a minute, but luck isn’t sustainable.Success Values Persistence MostSuccess seems to value persistence with a weight more significant than most other factors. It seems to favor those who are willing to keep going when others quit. It also seems to require your persistence to be deployed as the natural response to missteps, mistakes, and setbacks. It’s a test to see whether you are prepared to pay the price in full and in advance for what you say you want.Persistence is used to sort out all the dabblers, dreamers, and do-nothings, those who talk a big game but play a small one. It is used to challenge those with the talent to reach their full potential, judging their persistence by their willingness to excel when they could easily coast.So you worked hard for weeks. Congratulations. The ability to persistently and doggedly work hard over an extended period is evidence of your willingness to grind it out and persist. Believing you have paid the price and deserve your success is evidence that you haven’t paid the price.You’ve been resourceful. You have been willing to figure things out, and you are moving closer to your goal. Success will see this as evidence that you are ready to give up what you wished worked for something better and reward you, but not the first time you adjust your approach. Success is not that easily impressed.You’re plucky. When you have crashed into adversity, you were not dissuaded. Your courage will be rewarded. Eventually, anyway.Luck isn’t quickly or often rewarded by itself. It is fleeting, and as far as success is concerned, it will carry some weight, but not if you aren’t ticking all the other boxes above. Success is happy to crown a few one-hit wonders, but luck doesn’t provide for much more than that.If you want success, whatever that means to you, you are going to have to persist, longer than you want, and longer than seems reasonable. You are going to have to keep going when you want to give up, and when others tell you it’s time to quit, something they would have already done, were they you. Your persistence separates you from those who want something without being willing to pay the price in full and advance.The secret is that there are no secrets. Just keep going.last_img read more

Manchester City’s game against Borussia Moenchengladbach postponed after heavy rain

first_imgTorrential rain before kickoff meant Manchester City’s opening Champions League Group C clash with Borussia Moenchengladbach was postponed on Tuesday because of safety concerns.The match will now be played on Wednesday at 18:45 GMT.A downpour at 15:30 GMT was followed by persistently heavy rain, leading referee Bjorn Kuipers and UEFA officials to carry out an inspection of the pitch 50 minutes before the scheduled 18:45 GMT kickoff at the Etihad Stadium. (Also read: Champions League: Wasteful PSG held by Arsenal in Group A opener)The pitch appeared to drain well when the rain relented soon afterwards but the game was called off about 20 minutes before it was due to start.”Torrential rainfall across Manchester throughout the evening led to flooding in the areas around the ground, which forced the decision on safety and security grounds,” a statement from the club said.It is the second time in a month Moenchengladbach have had a game called off owing to rain after a friendly against Inter Milan on Aug. 10 suffered the same fate.City had a friendly with Manchester United in Beijing cancelled in July as a result of heavy rain. (Also read: Champions League: Lionel Messi sets hat-trick record as Barcelona hit seven)”We are disappointed for the fans because 90 percent of them will probably not be able to watch the re-arranged game,” said Moenchengladbach midfielder Oscar Wendt.”But if the decision had to be taken for safety reasons then we understand it and respect it.”last_img read more

Dave Sittler and Bill Young

first_imgDave Sittler and Bill Young have a really interesting conversation that I’m betting all my January paychecks neither knew was being picked up by the microphone. Take a look below with some comments after the jump. – I like how Sittler makes it a point in the first two seconds to let Young know that he has his tape recorder turned off but neither of them checks the mic. That’s pretty funny.– Sittler calls John Blake a slapdi** after Bill Young says “it wasn’t fun” about being at OU under Blake in 1996-1997 then Sittler goes on to claim that Donnie Duncan (OU’s athletic director at the time) told him that the only reason he gave John Blake the head coaching job for OU was because he was black and they were worried that Bob Simmons had an advantage in recruiting. That’s quite a 20-second exchange, no?! I mean, WOW!– Love when Young says “…and three years later we forgot how to coach.”– What does Young mean when he says “I would almost bet you 100% that some of these schools…maybe even the one down the street [came after Gundy]”? What are they going to do, fire Stoops?Update: as a few of you have pointed out, Young was referencing Arizona State as “the school down the street”, not OU. Makes sense now.– The long-range shot of the two talking at the 3:40 mark really shows you that they have no clue they’re on the mic.– “I just hope I’m going to be back.” Assuming he’s kidding, because If he’s not, that’s a travesty. He’s done a great job with the defense this season and seems like a great fit for the position. Also, he’s the only guy on the staff too old to be considered for a head job!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

No luck but no excuses for Chelsea after Arsenal loss

first_imgChelsea No luck but no excuses for Chelsea after limp League Cup loss at Arsenal Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Eden Hazard Chelsea Arsenal Getty Images Chelsea League Cup Morata Antonio Conte Edin Džeko Willian Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League Arsenal Opinion The Blues have now seen two of their four possible trophies slip away, after a tame 2-1 loss to an average Gunners side at the Emirates Chelsea’s season is unlike to completely implode but it is now in very real danger of slipping into mediocrity after Arsene Wenger got the better of Antonio Conte with a mediocre Arsenal side on Wednesday evening at the Emirates. The hosts’ inspired second-half showing saw them over the line and into a Carabao Cup final with Manchester City courtesy of a 2-1 win on the night, and on aggregate. But the Gunners never should have been allowed to tun the game, and indeed the tie, around, with the Blues having opened the scoring with a fine Eden Hazard goal. As it was, though, Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal decided the game in Arsenal’s favour, meaning Conte has only been able to beat Arsenal once in his eight games as Chelsea manager.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Several reliable players failed to show up on the night, with underwhelming displays from Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and both wing-backs having severely hindered the Blues’ hopes of making it to Wembley.However, it must also be said that Conte’s substitutions also proved dreadfully ineffective. Ross Barkley was rushed into his debut as Willian was forced off with a first-half injury. The January arrival from Everton hadn’t played an official match for eight months and it showed. Barkley was poor and Davide Zappacosta’s late introduction merely underlined how light Chelsea are on attacking talent with Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata currently out injured. Still, while Chelsea have problems, Arsenal’s are undoubtedly worse and the Blues really should have had enough to beat the Gunners. However, Lady Luck did not smile on the visitors, as deflections off Antonio Rudiger proved crucial to both Arsenal goals. Chelsea’s misfortune began shortly after Hazard had taken a pass from Pedro in his stride before coolly slotting home, as Nacho Monreal’s header hit Marcos Alonso and then Rudiger to wrong-foot Willy Caballero and level matters. Then, in the second half, Alexandre Lacazette’s cross was deflected off Rudiger into the path of Xhaka, who stabbed in what proved the winning goal.However, even amid bad luck, Chelsea should be beating Arsenal over two legs. They are much the better side and, after a poor 0-0 in the opening 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, they again failed to get the job done at the second time of asking at the Emirates.Willian Arsenal ChelseaHazard was head and shoulders above any of his team-mates on the night, particularly from an attacking perspective, and it is easy to understand why Chelsea are now in pursuit of Roma’s Edin Dzeko, who started and scored for Roma against Sampdoria as Chelsea bowed out of the League Cup. Conte could have done with more attacking talent at his disposal as he had to bring on Michy Batshuayi and Zappacosta in the second half. Batshuayi is a player that Conte clearly doesn’t trust and he had just six touches of the ball after coming on with 25 minutes to go, while Zappacosta isn’t the sort of substitute you need when you are losing in a cup semi-final. The next most attacking player on the bench was Danny Drinkwater, so Conte can’t be blamed for his underwhelming substitutions and how he must have wished that the proposed Dzeko deal had already been done. As a manager, Conte has five league titles but no domestic cup competitions and that record will continue unless he can win the FA Cup this season. Ross Barkley Antonio Conte Arsenal ChelseaChelsea are big outsiders for the Champions League, especially after drawing Barcelona in the last 16. The FA Cup might be the most realistic trophy to aim for now but there’s a very real chance that the Blues will end up trophy-less in 2017-18. The Blues’s 200th league cup game ended in huge disappointment and now they have a tough task of making sure the rest of their season doesn’t follow suit.last_img read more

KILLING EVE SEASON 2 STUMBLED WHERE BARRY SOARED

first_imgKilling Eve and Barry Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter On the disappointing side of things lies “Killing Eve,” which just closed out a frustrating, inert season that ended up confirming all my fears after creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge — a singularly sharp voice whose comedy “Fleabag” is an all-timer — handed over the reins. (Emerald Fennell took over as head writer this season; she will in turn pass it on to Suzanne Heathcote for season 3, for better or for worse.) After spending a solid three episodes trying to reconcile the catastrophic events of the first season finale, the show spun its wheels trying to find a marginally intriguing destination. The overarching mystery of shadowy syndicate “The Twelve” ran in boring little circles. Eve and Villanelle became single-minded obsessives prone to making extremely dumb choices — an evolution the season eventually acknowledged, but never truly sold. SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the entire second seasons of “Killing Eve” and “Barry.” I was dead certain that “Killing Eve” and “Barry” — two of my favorite television debuts of 2018 — should have ended after a single season. Both coincidentally starring unstable assassins, the shows were smart, propulsive, and extremely weird straight out of the gate. Their first seasons were unsparing and gutsy, telling wildly twisting stories of deceit and murder, temptation and morality with such enthusiasm that it seemed impossible that either could keep it up for too long.As the second seasons of “Barry” and “Killing Eve” unfolded — on the same nights, even! — they became revealing inverses of each other. And now that both have aired their finales, I can confidently say that I was right to question a return — and also, that I was wrong.center_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Alipay partners with Canadian tech firm to expand presence in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Chinese online payment platform Alipay has partnered with tech firm SnapPay Inc. to enable Canadian retailers to accept Chinese currency from Chinese shoppers through a mobile wallet.Alipay North America president Souheil Badran says the company wants to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market.He says 700 Canadian merchants already accept Alipay.But the partnership gives the payment platform an opportunity to aggressively explore opportunities for expansion in the education, winery, restaurant and retail sectors.The company touts the increasingly lucrative role Chinese consumers could play for Canadian businesses, given the country’s growing middle class.Alipay, originally created by Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba.com, was launched in 2004 and has more than 520 million active users. It is now owned by Ant Financial Services Group, a “related company” to Alibaba.“We want to continue offering Chinese consumers visiting Canada the ability to pay as they would in China. But we also want to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market,” Badran said.The launch comes as Alibaba gears up to host heavy hitters including the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory at its Gateway ’17 Canada conference Monday in Toronto.Trudeau will take the stage with Alibaba executive chairman and founder Jack Ma at the conference aimed at promoting e-commerce opportunities for Canadian businesses in China.Ma hosted Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canadian business representatives at the company’s campus in Hangzhou, China last September.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information in a press release, said Alibaba owned Alipay.last_img read more

Algerias Khaled Nezzar War Crimes Hearing to Continue in Switzerland

Rabat – The Former Algerian defense minister, Major General Khaled Nezzar, is facing charges in Switzerland. NGO Trial International has accused him of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Algeria.The NGO announced on Twitter that hearings for the Nezzar case will resume in September.In addition to the NGO’s charges, Algeria’s military court of Blida also issued red notice or an international arrest warrant against the former defense minister. In June 2018, the Swiss Federal Criminal Court (FCC)  said that “there is no doubt that [Khaled Nezzar] was aware of the acts committed under his orders” in the early 1990s.La procédure pénale à l’encontre de #KhaledNezzar se poursuit en #Suisse. Les auditions reprendront en septembre 2019. Nezzar est accusé de #CrimesDeGuerre et #CrimesContrelHumanité commis en #Algérie. https://t.co/WspAI8aiBP— TRIAL International (@Trial) August 12, 2019FCC also overturned a decision of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), which tried to dismiss the case.Trial International also said that Nezzar was “aware of the countless crimes committed under his command.”“In five years of investigation and after hearing dozens of witnesses without ever raising the issue of the existence of an armed conflict, the decision to shut down the case was just incomprehensible,” Pierre Bayenet, the plaintiff’s lawyer  said. The lawyer was among the attorneys who appealed against the OAG’s dismissal, according to Trial International.The NGO maintained that  Nezzar was in charge of “troops who committed countless abuses” in Algeria during the “black decade” in 1992-2000.Trial International filed a complaint against Nezzar in October 2011. Police in Switzerland then put him into custody. read more

Thesis defences — April 12

PhD in Biological Sciences — James WillwerthJames Willwerth will present his thesis defence on Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Delineation of Within-site Terroir Effects using Soil and Vine Water Measurements in Riesling Vineyards within the Niagara Peninsula.” Examining committee members are Joffre Mercier, chair; Ian Merwin, Cornell University, external examiner; Andrew Reynolds, supervisor; Marilyn Jollineau, internal examiner; Helen Fisher and Doug Bruce, committee members. PhD in Biological Sciences — Gabriel BalintGabriel Balint will present his thesis defence on Monday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Impact of different irrigation strategies on grapes and wine quality of four grapevine cultivars (Vitis sp.) in cool climate conditions. Investigation into the relationship among ABA, water status, grape cultivar and wine quality.” Examining committee members are Joffre Mercier, chair; Sara Spayd, North Carolina State University, external examiner; Andrew Reynolds, supervisor; Tony Shaw, internal examiner; Helen Fisher and Gary Pickering, committee members. Master of Education — Paul WhitePaul White will present his thesis defence on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Introduction to Engineering: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Course in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.” External examiner: Ronald Hansen, University of Western Ontario; supervisor: Xavier Fazio; committee members: Joe Engemann and Louis Volante; chair of the examining committee: Tiffany Gallagher.Master of Education — Jennifer BrantJennifer Brant will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Aboriginal Women in Education: Honouring Our Experiences – A Vision of Access and Success to and within the University.” External examiner: Carmen Robertson, University of Regina; supervisor: Michael Manley-Casimir; committee members: Michelle McGinn, Mary-Louise Vanderlee, and John Hodson; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld.Master of Arts — Sandy KovacsSandy Kovacs (MA Leisure Studies) will defend her thesis on Monday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Walker Complex 204B. Title: “Weathering a Hidden Storm: An Application of Andersen’s Behavioral Model of Health, and Health Services Use for Those with Diagnosable Anxiety Disorder.” Supervisor: Glenn Stalker; committee members: Ann Duffy and John Cairney; external examiner: Sue Arai, University of Waterloo; chair: Dr. Michael Plyley.Master of Education — Kerry ArmstrongKerry Armstrong will present her thesis defence on Monday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Academic Advising, Eh: A Profile of Undergraduate Academic Advising at Ontario Universities.” External examiner: Jocelyn Aubrey, Trent University; supervisor: Michelle McGinn; committee members: Xiaobin Li and Patrick O’Neill; chair of the examining committee: Sandra Bosacki. MSc in Management – Ji LinThesis defence for Ji Lin, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Tuesday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. The title of her thesis is “Liquidity, Institutional Ownership and Regulation Fair Disclosure.” Her examining committee members are Joe Kushner, chair; Avanidhar Subrahmanyam, external examiner, UCLA; Lawrence He, supervisor; Unyong Pyo and Samir Trabelsi. MSc in Management Thesis Defence – Zhanpeng HeMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Zhanpeng He, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “Using Bayesian Model for Bankruptcy Prediction: A Comparative Approach.” His examining committee members are: Robert Dimand, chair; Peter Easton, external examiner, University of Notre Dame; Samir Trabelsi, supervisor; Lawrence He and Martin Kusy. Master of Education — Melissa AugustinMelissa Augustin will present her thesis defence on Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Breaking the Silence: Exploring the Workplace Experiences of Six Women With Learning Disabilities.” External examiner: Dorothy Griffiths, Brock University; supervisor: Nancy Fenton; committee members: Nancy Taber and Sheila Bennett; chair of the examining committee: Hilary Brown. If you require any accommodations to attend this defence, please contact Melissa Augustin at ma05jg@brocku.ca, before April 28 if possible. Master of Education — Jennifer HansonJennifer Hanson will present her thesis defence on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “An Examination of Outdoor Experience in the Development of Character in Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes.” External examiner: Dawn Prentice, Brock University; supervisor: Mary Breunig; committee members: Ann-Marie DiBiase and Anne Elliott; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld. All are welcome to attend the thesis defences. read more

Girl 15 raped in rail station suffers second attack after flagging down

first_imgThis was a horrifying ordeal for this young girl and we have specially trained officers supporting herDet Ch Insp Tony Fitzpatrick, British Transport Police A double manhunt is under way after a 15-year-old girl was raped by two different attackers, including a man she flagged down for help, police said.Detectives said the teenager was first assaulted in a secluded part of Birmingham’s Witton railway station, near the Aston Villa football ground, some time between 7pm on Tuesday and 2am the following morning.The victim had walked to the station with her friend, but is said to have been led away by a man who approached her. Shortly after that attack, the girl walked out of the station and flagged down a passing vehicle to ask for help, police said. However, after getting in the car she was then raped a second time by another man, investigators said.A major investigation, involving detectives from both British Transport Police and West Midlands Police, is now under way to try to identify both attackers and appeal for witnesses.The first attacker is described as Asian with light skin, brown eyes, was of a skinny build and about 6ft tall. He was wearing a track suit top and bottoms, black trainers and was in his early 20s.The second attacker is also described as Asian, in his early 20s, 5ft 6/7ins tall, of large build with a tight-cropped beard and was wearing a blue jumper and black jeans. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Fitzpatrick, of British Transport Police, said: “This was a horrifying ordeal for this young girl and we have specially trained officers supporting her.center_img “It is now vitally important we investigate exactly what happened on Tuesday morning as well as identifying offenders for both of these awful incidents.”My detectives are currently examining all available CCTV in an effort to identify the offenders and whilst these enquiries are made, we are keen to speak with any potential witnesses.”Whilst this incident happened during the early morning and there may not have been many people around, I would be keen to speak with anyone who may have been in the area at the time.”If you were passing by the station and saw two girls walking with an older man, then please get in touch immediately. Likewise, if you saw any suspicious vehicles close to Witton station close to 2am then please get in touch as soon as possible.”Mr Fitzpatrick added: “We are now doing all we can to trace the people responsible and bring them to justice.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Police told not to enter river to rescue drowning man because they

“I thought they would distract from any potential rescue efforts of that vehicle by boat crews by putting themselves in serious risk and which I didn’t believe would have a positive effect on what was happening at that time.”I would sum up by calling it risk vs reward. I wouldn’t have said that lightly. I felt the risk was too great in those circumstances.”Inspector Cross added he would have “happily reviewed” his decision if it was challenged by units at the scene.At 8.47pm, marine resources, boats brought by the fire service, were on the scene but no divers had reached the bank. Inspector Cross told the inquest in Woking, Surrey: “I recall the first I was aware of it was that sadly he had driven his van into the Thames – that was the first point I had any knowledge of Mr Byrne. “We had a call from a Mr Andrew Silk to say a male has driven a van into the river and the driver was still in it.”We called the fire services and the force dispatched our specialist resources. The call handler in the call centre was still getting information from the person on the other end of the call.” At 8.27pm, an order came through the police radio systems in which units were advised that no officers were to go in the water. Inspector Cross said he felt the risk was too great for officers to attempt to rescue Mr Byrne Inspector Cross said he felt the risk was too great for officers to attempt to rescue Mr ByrneCredit:Vagner Vidal/INS News Agency His body was recovered at 9.48pm.The hearing continues. John Byrne died after he entered the River Thames while in his vehicle Despite three 999 calls being received by police call operators, Inspector Cross confirmed that he only became aware of Mr Byrne at 8.20pm when a member of the public called the police. The incident took place at the River Thames near Shepperton in December 2016Credit:Peter Noyce/Alamy The coroner questioned: “Given it was a half hour after the vehicle submerged and no-one had been seen coming out the river. you’re not realistically expecting anyone to come out at this point?”Inspector Cross agreed and the inquest heard that it was not until 9.36pm that air bubbles could still be seen rising to the surface of the water from the 39-year-old’s sinking van and divers entered the water for the first time to confirm that he was dead.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police inspector told officers not to enter a river in an attempt to rescue a drowning man because they had no “significant training”, an inquest heard.Gary Cross admitted he instructed officers to not try to save John Byrne, a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf Club, by going into the River Thames.As officers watched from the river bank, Mr Byrne’s van became submerged and he drowned. His body was later pulled from the river following the incident at Shepperton, Surrey, in December 2016.The jury of seven men and four women heard that Mr Byrne, 39, had been heard screaming and shouting while his vehicle sank and began drifting down the Thames towards a lock. His van was found in water 12ft deep, 15ft from the river bank.Inspector Cross told how he was the officer in charge of the Surrey Police control room on December 8 2016, when Mr Byrne, whose wife was expecting twins within days, set up two planks of wood and drove his van over them so the vehicle entered the Thames. “The recollection I have was that to go into deep or fast flowing water was something we would discourage. The incident took place at the River Thames near Shepperton in December 2016 John Byrne died after he entered the River Thames while in his vehicleCredit:INS News Agency Mr Byrne worked as a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf Club Inspector Cross confirmed to the inquest that he had personally made that direction.He told the jury: “The fact the vehicle was fully submerged and floating down the river, officers would have been ill-equipped and not trained to go into a fast-flowing river with under-currents.”I’m not sure we have significant training to allow us to go into the river in our occupation. “I remember having some training as regards to entering water some years ago.  Mr Byrne worked as a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf ClubCredit:David Cannon/Getty Images read more

St Vincent man found guilty of raping his wife

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer media worker gets 25 years jail – jury finds him guilty of raping 13-year-old girlFebruary 25, 2016In “Crime”Man accused of raping child found not guilty by juryJanuary 15, 2019In “Court”Caretaker gets 18 years for raping girl, 15November 28, 2018In “Court” KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — A 39-year-old man, who was found guilty of raping his wife four years ago, has been sentenced to 13 years in jail.An eight-member jury had, in November, also found the man guilty of assaulting his wife between October 15 and 18, 2014, occasioning actual bodily harm.The man’s identity is being withheld and the jury had also returned a guilty verdict that on December 13, 2014, he abducted his wife and assaulted her.However, the jury was split evenly on a second charge of rape, allegedly committed between October 15 and 18, 2014.There was also a hung jury on a charge of aggravated burglary and damage to property, crimes the man was accused of committing on December 13, 2014.Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Sejilla McDowall had asked the court for an adjournment for the Crown to decide on a course of action regarding the charges on which the jury did not reach an agreement.During the trial, the court heard that the couple was having marital problems and that there was no communication between them while the wife was in England for three months caring for an ill sibling.The jury accepted the prosecution’s case that the man had raped his wife on October 13 after he forced himself into an apartment where the woman was living with their son.The court heard that the man had wielded a penknife during an argument with his wife and during the fracas demanded whether or not she had been faithful to him.The court heard that the man had sex with the woman against her will.But defence counsel, Ronald “Ronnie” Marks argued that the couple had engaged in “make-up sex”. read more

Four arrested in Galway over murder of Polish man

first_imgFOUR PEOPLE HAVE been arrested as part of a garda investigation into the murder of a Polish man in Athenry, Co Galway.The 40-year-old victim, Krzysztof Ciesielski, sustained serious head injuries during an incident outside a house at Cullairbaun Estate on 30 May. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway after the incident.Ciesielski was pronounced dead yesterday evening.A post-mortem examination was carried out earlier today by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabber at University Hospital Galway, after which gardai confirmed they would be treating the death as murder.Four arrests were made this evening in the Galway area as part of the investigation.Two males aged in their teens are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Galway Garda Station. A third male aged in his 40s also detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 is detained at Gort Garda Station and a female aged in her late 30s is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939, at Galway Garda Station.Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Galway Garda Station on 091 538000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Polish man assaulted in Galway estate passes awaylast_img read more

Yes For Salmon Certified For The 2018 Ballot

first_imgVoters will determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959. If the Alaska Legislative session ends on time, the initiative will be bound for the primary election. If the Legislature goes into a special session, the initiative is expected to appear on a ballot in the general election. Ryan Schryver, campaign director for Stand for Salmon: “The people have spoken — they want every Alaskan to vote on this issue. Leaders across the state can now see how important this issue is to all Alaskans.” The Stand for Salmon initiative would restrict interference with salmon habitats  during a development project, like the proposed Pebble Mine.According to the Stand for Salmon website, the initiative would formally define characteristics of a healthy river in state law, update state listings of waters which support salmon, requires the state to notify the public of projects which could affect salmon and create salmon-protection standards developers must meet before their projects can move forward. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Elections certified the ‘Yes for Salmon Initiative’ for the 2018 ballot with nearly 42,000 signatures from all 40 legislative districts, and was signed by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.last_img read more

Pixars Onward first trailer takes on elves mermaids and raccoon unicorns

first_img Comment 1 The first images from Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming film Onward have landed, with the Disney-owned studio tweeting the official poster and the first teaser trailer late Thursday. The teaser sets up the film’s urban-fantasy world, where pegasus must fight for air space with planes, and unicorns are the equivalent of racoons. Our protagonists are two teenage elf brothers who head on a road trip to run a “really fast and strange errand” aka a quest.Dropped by Disney to People, two more Onward images show the characters of voice stars Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star in Disney Pixar’s Onward. Disney/Pixar via People Onward writer and director Dan Scanlon said the movie sees two elf brothers “go out on an adventure to see if there’s a little magic left in that world,” according to People. “Tom Holland is perfect for our character of Ian, the younger brother,” Scanlon told People. “We were looking for someone who could have this shy quality and someone who is good at being a little awkward. And Tom is great at that! And yet has a genuine sweetness to him that you really root for him.” The character traits of Holland’s fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) star Pratt are “the exact opposite,” the director, who also directed Monsters University, reportedly told People. “Someone who could be wild and chaotic and out of control, but in a very charming and infectious way,” the director is quoted as saying. “Chris Pratt is perfect for that. He has this ability to be both sort of wild and out of control but in a really lovable, fun, infectious way.” Having two of the Avengers — Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star-Lord — reunite for Onward also brought more fun to the voices, Scanlon told the magazine. Louis-Dreyfus, who voiced Princess Atta in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, is providing the voice for the brothers’ mom. Pixar provided the basic details of Onward back in Dec. 2018 via a tweet. “Just announced: The next original feature from Pixar Animation Studios, ‘Onward,’ starring Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, will arrive in theaters March 6, 2020!” the tweet read. ONWARDHolland’s Ian Lightfoot with his pet dragon Blazey and his mom, voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Disney/Pixar via People TV and Movies Culturecenter_img Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Video Transforming Adults Only A Neighborhood Interaction

first_imgAnchorage is saying adieu to the building that housed the last self-described sex business in Anchorage, and it’s going out with quite a bang. Throughout April, the Light Brigade and friends teamed up with the Writer’s Block and Cook Inlet Housing Authority, to put on a large scale art exhibition and community event.Inside the eventNew owners of the property saw a unique opportunity in the building before tearing it down. After teaming up with local artists and community outreach organizers, the concept for “Transforming Adults Only, A Neighborhood Interaction,” was born.The team opened it up to artists from around the city, to do with it what they wanted, while their community engagement team worked to spread the word to Spenardians. Murals, portraits, drawings and performances echoed through the halls of this once seedy building. Meanwhile, outside the community outreach team gathered information from Spenard residents, capturing stories and quotes on video and posters lining the fence.After the final exhibit, on Friday, April 29, 2016, the building will be demolished. In the fall of 2016 a family friendly bookstore and cafe will stand in the place of Adults Only, welcoming artists from all over.last_img read more

Noakhali gangrape mastermind Ruhul gets bail

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court has granted a one-year interim bail to sacked Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, who reportedly ordered the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali after the 30 December national election, reports UNB.The HC bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman passed the order on 18 March after hearing a petition filed by Ruhul Amin, said Deputy Attorney General Biswajit Roy on Thursday.It also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why Ruhul Amin would not be granted permanent bail in the case. The rule is returnable in four weeks.Biswajit said they moved the Appellate Division challenging the HC order. “The chamber judge of the division will hear the petition on 25 March.”It was alleged that Ruhul Amin’s followers gang-raped the woman at his behest on the night of the general election on 30 December. Police later arrested him.Ruhul Amin was the upazila unit publicity affairs secretary of Awami League and a former union council member. Later, he was expelled from the party.According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed their house in the early hours of 31 December and tied up all the family members except his wife.They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they violated her in turns.After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise.last_img read more

Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing Salt And Vinegar Chip Flavor

first_imgCourtesy of Matt BarrettBen Anderson collects grass samples in Western Australia. Spinifex tastes to some like salt and vinegar chips — but it’s so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful.If I spot a blade of interesting-looking grass, my first inclination isn’t to wonder what it tastes like. But a group of researchers in Australia recently stumbled upon two new species of grass with a peculiar flavor that some liken to a favorite snacking combo: salt and vinegar chips.“The taste, it’s different. It’s hard to sort of quantify,” says Benjamin Anderson, a plant biologist who recently graduated from the University of Western Australia and is the lead author on a paper that describes the new plants, which are part of a group known as Spinifex grasses. “I got a tangy sensation and taste.”Anderson and his colleagues were collecting specimens in the Pilbara, a dry and mountainous section of Western Australia, when they stumbled upon the new species. Spinifex grasses mostly grow in spikey humps called hummocks that resemble overgrown, green hedgehogs from far off. If they grow old enough, some spinifex humps will roll outwards to form what looks like a prickly, mouth-bleeding doughnut.The two new species don’t look all that different from their 70-some cousins, which crowd most of the Australian continent — except for a spray of glistening droplets around their leaves. “We saw it sparkling in the sunlight and just go — oh, that’s interesting,” Anderson says.But no — they didn’t think to munch on the grass just then.“It’s probably not the best way to explore the natural world, licking things,” Anderson says.The tasting happened later, in the lab, while one of Anderson’s graduate advisers was working with samples of the new species. “It wasn’t an intentional like, ‘Let’s lick the grass,” he says. “She touched her hand to her mouth, and she was like, ‘Hey that’s weird.’ That was the first discovery.”But scientists still don’t know what, exactly, those intriguingly flavored droplets on the grass are.Courtesy of Matt BarrettAlas, scientists know of nothing that eats these humps of spinifex grass with hints of salt and vinegar chips — not even the local cows“We don’t really know why they are there. We don’t know what it does or what it’s for, and we didn’t chemically analyze it or anything,” Anderson says. But they definitely taste like something. “My supervisor was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s definitely salt and vinegar.’ For me, it was a funky taste,” he says. “It was a neat experience, but it’s not like it made me want to eat it.”Theories aren’t abounding among scientists, either. Some spinifex species produce a thick resin to keep herbivores away, but that’s not what these droplets are. The fact that the grass is sour is not a useful clue, either.“Sour taste remains a puzzle to many of us,” says Gary Beauchamp, the emeritus director and president of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. “What exactly the function of acids in plants vis-à-vis taste is really unclear.”Alas, while it’s tempting to think the grasses could become the next low-fat snack fad, Anderson says his discovery — which he has unofficially dubbed “sparkling spinifex” and officially Triodia scintillans and Triodia Vanleeuwenii — are not likely to become new delicacies.Spinifex grasses are often so hard and spiky that scientists say it can actually be painful trying to collect samples. They don’t have much nutritional value, and the grasses have no known predators. “Yeah, nothing. It’s of great frustration [to farmers] that so much of the land is dominated by this grass, and cows don’t eat it,” says Rod Fensham, a plant ecologist at the University of Queensland who did not work on the new spinifex species.Spinifex does have some virtues, though. As the dominant vegetation in most of Australia, it creates a foundation for ecosystems and holds soil erosion at bay. Reptiles, insects and a rare bird called the night parrot make their homes in the arid grass lumps. Humans have used the resinous types of spinifex to create strong adhesives for centuries — but it’s also not for eating.Aboriginal people in Australia used it as a glue and cement,” Fensham says. “The resin smells not unpleasant, but it’s definitely not something you’d want to stick in your mouth.” The resin can also be processed to make rubbery products like latex condoms thinner and stronger.There may yet be more spinifex uses to be discovered. Perhaps Anderson’s sparkling spinifex will have some other interesting property, although the unusual taste has captured Fensham’s attention. “I find it a bit curious! I’d love to taste this grass myself,” he says.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Mega Man designer turns to Kickstarter to fund Mighty No 9

first_imgMega Man still has a very strong following, so when the original character’s co-designer Keiji Inafune says he’s designing a new character and game, people listen. The fact that character looks very similar to Mega Man and will be the star of a new side-scrolling action game, has translated into a Kickstarter that’s almost funded with 29 days still to go.Inafune and his independent company Comcept launched the Kickstarter campaign on August 31 for Mighty No. 9. There’s no playable game to speak of as yet, but the introductory video, concept sketches, and concept game screenshots show off a game any Mega Man fan would instantly be at home playing. The game places you in control of a robot character called Beck who is tasked to “Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages” using weapons stolen from your enemies.The team is formed from veteran Mega Man developers and will be coming to PC via Steam by April 2015. Other platforms and more stages are planned, but only if stretch goals are reached, which already seems likely.The initial Kickstarter goal is $900,000, but over 14, 000 backers have already pledged nearly $850,000 of that in the first 3 days. That’s mainly because of the association with Mega Man and the weight Inafune’s name carries, but the rewards are pretty good, too.$20 secures you a digital copy of the game, $60 gets you a boxed copy, manual and in-game hero. $99 seems to be the sweet spot, though. You get a T-shirt and beta access, but if you’re willing to pledge more the rewards just keep growing with $250 getting you a signed hardcover art book, for example. At the high end, $10,000 secures you a dinner with Inafune in Tokyo.The thing about Mighty No. 9 is that if it turns out to be a great game, there’s no doubt going to be a whole series of them coming out of Comcept. It’s pretty much assured now the first game is going to happen, so Inafune and his team just needs to focus on delivering something that we all really enjoy playing and will happily fund all over again when the inevitable second game appears.last_img read more

Home is where the hearth is Hearthstone closed beta impressions

first_img Opponent finderOpponent finderFacing a worthy opponent is more honorable, we’ll pretend.Ice elementalHero spellA hero spell in the heat of (card) battle.Forfeit incomingDo you think the opponent forfeited on this turn? (Yes.)Character slotsTechnically nine character slots!Pack storeAfter the screenshot, only the one free pack was purchased with in-game money. We just wanted to seem like card-based ballers.Opening a packWhen opening a pack, the cards explode on screen face-down to simulate the joy (and subsequent rage) of seeing what cards you pulled.Pack pullA pack with a rare, epic, and two golds.Library and deck builderThe library and deck creator helpfully shows you what’s new in case you were watching HBO while taking a screenshot of opening a pack.FerocityA ferocious digital card battle.Facing a worthy opponent is more honorable, we’ll pretend. StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo are the three pillars that hold up Blizzard’s roof. With Diablo 3 not hitting as hard as Blizzard would’ve hoped, StarCraft 2 being split into three stories delivered over many years, and World of Warcraft slowly losing subscriptions, the House of Blizzard is beginning to get shakier than in previous years. In an effort to reinforce that roof, Blizzard is adding a fourth pillar, the online CCG Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. We spent some time with (and some money on) the closed beta to see what we could see.Two things are instantly noticeable when starting up your first game of Hearthstone. First, it’s your basic, extremely simple card battler — the likes of which plague the iOS App Store. Second, the production values are through that aforementioned roof Blizzard is attempting to reinforce.The game itself is quite simple. Players assume the role of a hero from the Warcraft universe, each with 30 health and a deck of 30 cards. Decks can only contain two instances of a given card, and only one instance of card with a legendary rarity. On a player’s turn, he or she will automatically generate one crystal of mana, up to a maximum of 10 crystals. The goal is to utilize that mana — which regenerates at the beginning of every turn — to summon creatures and cast spells that drain your opponent’s life. To do this, you choose what your creatures and spells target. Easy peasy.While one can summarize a complex TCG (trading card game) like Magic: the Gathering as “use creatures and spells to drain your opponent’s life, and you don’t even have hero characters,” MTG is infinitely more complex than Hearthstone. It’s difficult to discuss the actual gameplay of Blizzard’s new card brawler, but that’s because we’ve already done it. Sure, different creatures have different abilities, and there are the occasional spells or Yu-Gi-Oh style trap cards that stay hidden until something triggers it, but the game plays more simple than even “heroes, creatures, traps, and spells” sounds.What makes Hearthstone a little different from the competition is that each hero is a class, similar to the game’s World of Warcraft namesake, and thus have class-specific abilities. In Hearthstone’s case, this means class-specific cards. The mage, for instance, has some powerful spells that inflict damage, while the hunter is more focused on granting bonuses to beast-type creatures. Along with that, each class has their own spell that acts as something of a permanent card; it still costs an amount of mana to activate it every turn, but it’s always there. There is also a weapon slot, which is a card that allows your hero to directly attack creatures, but only for a certain amount of turns.Next page: Are there any gameplay subtleties? What about deck building? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 1 2 3last_img read more