I Have Changed My Mind

first_imgIf you haven’t changed your mind about anything significant, you aren’t learning, and you aren’t growing. The more you are open and receptive to having your long-held beliefs challenged, the more you will grow. But that growth requires that you change your mind.Not Being PrescriptiveI used to believe that it was wrong to be prescriptive when it comes to teaching, training, and coaching a sales force. I believed that it was more important to teach the sales force how to think about their problems and challenges and come up with their one answers.All of these things are still true, but sometimes you need to give salespeople the answers along with the questions. You don’t always have the time for the steep learning that accompanies selling well.Everyone Is Ready to Face the TruthAt one time, I believed that if you could show your prospective clients the truth about their problems or challenges that they would be compelled to take action. But this again is only sometimes true.There are some prospective clients who don’t want to know what their real problem is because knowing would mean that they have to act on that knowledge. These prospects believe that not knowing what their problem is will absolve them of the responsibility for dealing with that problem. You can repel contacts who don’t want to deal with their challenges by being consultative.People Are Motivated By MoneyI changed my mind about people being motivated by money. I believed that the right compensation structure would motivate people and that the opportunity to earn more would cause them to do more. Some people are truly money-motivated. They will do whatever is necessary to earn more money.But the vast majority of the people you come in contact with only want more money. They aren’t motivated by the potential to earn more. Offering some people more money doesn’t motivate them, nor does it change their behavior. Many of them like certainty and recognition more than money.Can You Change Your Mind?I’ve changed my mind on more than a dozen other long-held beliefs and ideas, some too personal or too controversial for this blog.What if you are wrong about what you believe? What if something you have long believed isn’t true? Will seek out information that feeds your confirmation bias? Or will you open yourself up to ides with which you have disagreed? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Cooking up a storm

first_imgUbeid Khan, 29 Corporate chef de cuisine, TJ’s Brew Works and Nudos PizzaUbeid Khan. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaA 13-inch topping loaded pizza, with just five grams of carbohydrates-that’s what Ubeid Khan counts as among his biggest achievements in the kitchen. “The total calorie count of this cauliflower pizza is less,Ubeid Khan, 29   Corporate chef de cuisine, TJ’s Brew Works and Nudos PizzaUbeid Khan. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaA 13-inch topping loaded pizza, with just five grams of carbohydrates-that’s what Ubeid Khan counts as among his biggest achievements in the kitchen. “The total calorie count of this cauliflower pizza is less than 450 Kcal. It has 18 gm of fibre and around 34 gm of protein. This pizza is completely grain-free, gluten free, keto friendly and very low in glycemic load and index,” he says. Corporate Chef de Cuisine at Rian and at Gastronomy Hospitality which runs popular outlets such as TJs Brew Works and Nudos Pizzeria, Khan began his career in 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, where he worked with some of the best American, Canadian and French chefs. “I learned most of my high-end cooking techniques there,” he says. On the Chopping Board An adventurous person who likes woodwork, pottery and photography, Khan enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen at a young age and went on to study Hospitality and Culinary Arts at the University of Pune.  Tushar Deshpande. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaTushar Deshpande, 32 Sous Chef, Indigo Deli. PuneTushar Deshpande jokes that his wife calls him half-French because of his love for food from France. “The intricate techniques, the absolute finesse in execution and ability to produce dishes in many different ways using the same ingredients – that’s what French cuisine is all about. And of course, there is cream and butter,” he says. Donning the chef’s hat wasn’t originally a career plan for Deshpande, who had always enjoyed watching his grandmother cook and often accompanied her to the market. “I had the passion to cook, it’s just that I never realised it,” he says. So after completing a masters degree in computer science, he finally took the plunge and joined the Le Cordon Bleu, London. His first professional stint at the then one-star Michelin restaurant Cassis Bistro gave him a peek into cooking techniques. At Indigo Deli, Deshpande’s signature dishes include a delectable salmon tortellini with crab meat, arugula puree, truffle pesto and gorgonzola drizzle and a pistachio crusted lamb rack, with pomme dauphinoise and brandy-peppercorn jus. Spice BoxFennel and lemongrass are his favourites in the kitchen. “I love to work with ingredients which are heavy on the sense of smell and bring another influence in the final dish,” he says. On the PlatterEvery day, he says, is a new challenge and Deshpande is experimenting with molecular food and trying to merge that with the bistro-like setup of Indigo Deli.advertisementManan Maheshwari. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaManan Maheshwari, 29 Chef-owner, Baked and Wired.Be it spending long hours at a flour manufacturer to get a special flour mix, making fresh pasta or gently convincing customers that he will not serve ketchup with pizzas at his restaurant Baked and Wired, Manan Maheshwari, is passionate about cooking and serving food just the right way. At Baked and Wired, he serves thin crust Roman pizza, Chicago style pizza and also the city’s first gluten-free options. The restaurant business wasn’t a planned move; after studying hotel and resort management at the Le Cordon Bleu, Adelaide, Maheshwari had to return to India after his temporary visa expired. “Back then, the hospitality industry in India was offering shockingly low pay packages,” he says.From the Oven Passionate about flour and yeast, in 2015, Maheshwari started a bread production and subsequently a pizza delivery unit that did rapid business. He worked on “perfecting” burger buns and hot dog rolls that wouldn’t crumble even when topped with vegetables, meats and sauces.Anuja Vilekar. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaAnuja Vilekar, 35 Cloves CateringWhen she got her first order for catering for a home party in 2013, Anuja Vilekar, 35, travelled 140 km in two days delivering food and adding finishing touches to the menu. It was special because it came after years of struggling to explain the concept of a home chef. If some assumed she ran a catering service for weddings, others mistook her services for that of a cook who could be hired. So after a struggle, Vilekar shut shop only to restart her operations in 2013 with hope that the second innings would be successful. “When we started, Masterchef Australia Season 2 was just being aired. People in Pune didn’t know the concept of a home chef,” says Vilekar who has studied sports nutrition. In her Bowl Specialising in Maharashtrian style fish and meat curries, Vilekar’s bestseller is the vegetable biryani and fish and meat cooked with traditional recipes.Rachel Goenka. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaRachel Goenka, 29  advertisementRestaurateur and chef, Sassy Spoon, Baraza Bars and Bites and Mandarin and Mirchi At the age of 10 she made her first tiramisu with a recipe from a Florence-based chef. “The joy of figuring it out and then improvising it was what really got me going,” says Rachel Goenka, a chef and restaurateur who owns five brands with restaurants in Mumbai and Pune. Her love for food took her to the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland where she learned “all the aspects of cooking from bread making, to cheese, pastry, wine and meats” from noted celebrity chef Rachel Allen. Goenka followed it up with a Patisserie Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London and returned home to set up The Sassy Spoon in Mumbai in 2013. The accolades came instantly-in 2014, her restaurant was chosen by French chef Alain Ducasse to be part of the Gout De France movement and in four years, she followed up on her success by launching her restaurants.Sugar and Spice Goenka’s signature desserts are a red velvet cake, basil and chocolate fondant, seven textures of hazelnut and chocolate and the caramel peanut tart.Siddharth Mahadik. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaSiddharth Mahadik, 30 Chef and Restaurateur, Le PlaisirAs a chef-restaurateur, Siddharth Mahadik, enjoys the freedom to experiment and cook what he wants. So, his much-appreciated restaurant Le Plaisir, which serves European food, has the menu only written on a blackboard; there’s no printed menu. The sourdough is one such experiment he’s been perfecting for the past three years. “I want to get it just right; the flour is sometimes a challenge,” says the marine engineer-turned-chef. A short wait to set sailing on his first assignment as a marine engineer proved to be the turning point in his life. “I suddenly realised that my passion lay in food,” he says. So, he joined the Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, worked at various places for four years and came back home armed with experience in the kitchen. “I learnt everything there-how to hold a knife, how to chop onions,” he says. Even as his experiments continue, a few favourites remain on the menu such as a roasted chicken, mayonnaise and jalapeno sandwich, the classic French toast “that’s plated nicely” and an espresso panna cotta. “We go with our interpretation of a dish, so a good salad will have locally grown fresh greens rather than imported exotic lettuce,” he says.On the Chef ‘s Plate “A good steak with mash and vegetables,” and Japanese food.Jacopo Avigo.Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaJacopo Avigo, 26 Chef, Sorriso, Marriott SuitesJacopo Avigo, has a formula of five – no dish should have more than five colours or five ingredients. “And it should have a crunchy and a creamy side at the same time,” he says. Leading the kitchen at Sorriso, the Italian specialty restaurant at the Marriott Suites Pune, Avigo learnt how to chop and cook at the age of eight when he cooked for his parents and went on to work at a restaurant in Lombardy, Italy, when he was 15. “For one year, I cleaned the pans and plates and assisted the chefs,” says the chef who grew up in Pianura Padana in Italy. At 18, he decided to move out of home to get more exposure on world cuisines. Even as he picked up different flavours during his travels, Avigo often goes back to the traditional recipes that he grew up with. Mediterranean food is his favourite for the “lovely ingredients the land has to offer to the simplicity of their flavour.”advertisementSignature Dishes Ravioli De Zucca made with pumpkin parmesan and served with creamy butter and crispy sage, and Casoncelli Bresciani, a dish from the city of Brescia in Lombardy. A self-confessed cheese lover, the young chef experiments with blends of cheeses with different flavours like an Alphonso mango with a sharp blue cheese. A dish, he says, when cooked and presented well, helps create a memory. “The happiness that I offer to my guests through my cooking is the best part of my profession,” he says.Vikram Gakkan. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaVikram Gakkan, 36 Corporate Chef, Malaka SpiceHelping his mother make Diwali sweets and eating them before his siblings could, was an annual routine that Vikram Gakkan never missed as a child. It was probably these fun memories that instilled in him a love for food. Gakkan went on to study at the Institute of Hotel Management in Hyderabad before joining Mumbai’s JW Marriott as part of the opening team. He learned under the “maverick Italian chef” Danio Galli where he understood the basics of cooking techniques. His multiple experiences as part of the pre-opening teams of various hotels in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai and a stint on a cruise helped Gakkan diversify his skills as a chef.Food for Thought He believes that good food starts with the right quality ingredients, and at Malaka Spice, he gets fresh herbs and vegetables grown at the owner’s Cherish Farms. With seven restaurants of the brand under him, Gakkan creates seasonal menus using local fresh produce. “I maintain the integrity of the ingredients such that their character is reflected when you eat,” he says. Even as he recreates traditional recipes from South East Asia, Gakkan enjoys Indian food the most. “Every place you visit in India has its own distinct culture food,” he says.JuryAniruddha Patil.Aniruddha Patil  An engineer and MBA with a passion for food, he founded the very active social food community, Pune Eat Outs which has more than 80,000 members.Protima Tiwary.Protima Tiwary A travel writer and blogger, she is forever in search of “culinary nirvana” with every visit to a new eating placelast_img read more

Lukaku fires sluggish United past Bournemouth

first_imgManchester United 1 Bournemouth 0: Lukaku eases scoring concerns after derby day woes Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 05:54 12/14/17 RomeluLukaku - cropped Getty Images After being criticised for his role in Manchester United’s loss to Manchester City, Romelu Lukaku was back on target against Bournemouth. Romelu Lukaku eased concerns about his goalscoring form with the winner as Manchester United bounced back from derby day disappointment by edging Bournemouth 1-0 at a sodden Old Trafford.Belgium international Lukaku hit the ground running with seven goals in as many Premier League appearances following his £75million move from Everton, but a run of one in nine led to criticism and the resurfacing of questions over his ability to score against big clubs.That scrutiny intensified after the striker’s failure to clear from set-pieces led to David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi scoring in Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over United on Sunday, a result that saw Jose Mourinho’s side fall 11 points behind the league leaders, and he responded by finding the net against Bournemouth. 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 Lukaku headed a delivery from Juan Mata – in as one of four changes for the Red Devils – beyond Asmir Begovic, though his muted celebration suggests the relief gained from returning to the scoreboard was scant for the 24-year-old.Once more United had David de Gea to thank for keeping them on top, the Spain goalkeeper denying Charlie Daniels and Ryan Fraser as Eddie Howe’s side proved dangerous on the break in the first half.However, the visitors’ intensity dropped in the second period and, despite Anthony Martial blazing over from six yards and his replacement Marcus Rashford hitting the crossbar, United held on for a win that restores their three-point advantage over third-place Chelsea and keeps pace with City – 4-0 winners over Swansea City earlier on Wednesday.FULL-TIME Man Utd 1-0 BournemouthBack to winning ways for @ManUtd after Lukaku finds the net with a pinpoint header#MUNBOU pic.twitter.com/wE7ePTranw— Premier League (@premierleague) December 13, 2017Mourinho wrote in his matchday programme notes that United must not dwell on being denied a “clear penalty” in their defeat to City – which descended into a mass post-match altercation in the tunnel about which the FA has requested more information – and Jesse Lingard tried to get the home fans cheering again in the opening minute, but his ambitious overhead kick was nowhere near the target.The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession but looked vulnerable to Bournemouth’s counter-attacks, Daniels and Dan Gosling forcing saves from De Gea within two minutes of each other.But Lukaku ensured it was United who struck first, rising above Nathan Ake at the back post to head Mata’s cross into the top-right corner, though Howe may have complaints about Martial appearing to catch Adam Smith with his arm in the build-up..@RomeluLukaku9 loves playing Bournemouth. He notches his th goal in #PL matches#MUNBOU pic.twitter.com/im9ZblBg0C— Premier League (@premierleague) December 13, 2017Lukaku was booked for a late challenge on Harry Arter for which the midfielder required treatment, and in the time added on as a result Fraser almost caught De Gea, who reacted well to stop Junior Stanislas’ deflected strike in the 30th minute, out from an acute angle.United appeared to have more of a grip on the game after the restart, but Martial wasted a great chance to put it to bed just before the hour mark.Lukaku’s attempt to dink a shot from the left of the box beyond the onrushing Begovic was inadvertently deflected to the France striker’s feet by the keeper, but he contrived to fire over a gaping goal from six yards.Rashford replaced Martial in the 66th minute and he saw a thunderous attempt from just outside the box crash back off the underside of the bar soon after.Jermain Defoe was dropped despite scoring twice in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend and, after he replaced Stanislas with 19 minutes remaining, De Gea was required to keep out the England striker and a stoppage-time effort from Fraser to ensure United took maximum points. Key Opta Facts:- Manchester United have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games at Old Trafford (L1), keeping a clean sheet in eight of these victories. – Following their promotion in 2015, Bournemouth have taken just 13 points from a possible 87 against the “top six” teams in the Premier League (29 games).- Bournemouth had five more shots on target than the home side in this game – the last opposition side to have more in a Premier League game at Old Trafford was Liverpool in March 2014 (six more).- Since the start of 2016-17, Romelu Lukaku has scored 30 goals in 38 Premier League appearances versus “non-big-six” sides.- The Belgian has scored six goals in five appearances against Bournemouth in the Premier League, with five of those coming in home games. – Luke Shaw made his first appearance in the Premier League this season, although he hasn’t completed 90 minutes in the competition since October 2016 (0-0 v Burnley).  read morelast_img read more

‘Spurs can beat Man City again’ – Rose

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Rose: Spurs can end Man City’s unbeaten run again Harry Sherlock 23:49 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kane, Eriksen, Lamela, Tottenham Getty Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Tottenham have not lost at the Etihad Stadium in their last three trips, taking two wins and a draw, and are hoping to end their 16-game unbeaten run Tottenham defender Danny Rose insists Spurs can end Manchester City’s amazing unbeaten run, just as they did last season.City have won 15 of their opening 16 league games, only dropping points in a draw with Everton, and hold an 11-point lead over second-placed Manchester United.Spurs, runners-up last term, are 18 points back in fourth, but Rose is confident that he and his team-mates have what it takes to beat Guardiola’s men. 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 Pochettino’s men have not lost in any of their previous three league games at the Etihad Stadium, and beat City 2-0 at White Hart Lane in 2016-17, bringing to an end six-game winning run.”We’ll go there and relish it,” Rose said, per the Daily Mail, after Spurs beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at Wembley. “At the minute, they do look very frightening – scoring goals, they’ve kept a clean sheet last night. But we’ve done alright there in the past couple of seasons and that should give us some confidence at the weekend.”We were the first ones to beat City last season, we disrupted Chelsea’s unbeaten run. It’s a challenge we all look forward to. “It’s a challenge the manager looks forward to. In these games, he knows he’s going to get 100% from everyone. There’s going to be a lot of eyes watching us this weekend. “We haven’t done so well away from home against the top teams this season so we hope to go there with some confidence and keep pushing on after three wins that we’ve had over the last week.”Spurs have lost to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea thus far this term, but humbled Liverpool 4-1 at home, and also defeated Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League.City, meanwhile, thumped Swansea City 4-0 on Wednesday as they prepare for their encounter with Spurs. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

First drive: 2015 Audi A3 TDI

first_img How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker On paper the A3 TDI is capable of going toe-to-toe with most hybrids, but in practice is capable of much, much more. In the hands of a committed hypermiler, it eats Prii for breakfast.I wasn’t worried about the journey from Albuquerque, New Mexico to San Diego, California until the Audi representative mentioned satellite phones. I had assumed that the trek would be a dull if scenic vacation. Audi apparently had other ideas. To show off the efficiency and comfort of its new A3 TDI, Audi forced us journalists to drive the 834 miles on a single 13.2-gallon tank of diesel.Audi included satellite phones in the cars not so we could call our relatives living overseas but rather in order to summon help incase our diesel tanks went dry in the middle of the desert or areas near the Mexican border better known for frequent drug murders.Related: First drive: 2015 Audi A3Yet, as the Audi reps revealed in the briefing, the help we would summon on the satellite phones might not be help we’d actually want. The first journalist to run out of diesel would be completing the journey in a decrepit Ford Aspire, which, despite its maker’s aspirations, was no closer to being a car than it had been when it rolled off the assembly line.The carWith those stakes in mind, I decided I was going to have to take this seriously. Fortunately the A3, being a product of Germany, had no lack of seriousness. Even so, the chances of making the entire trek on a single tank seemed a little bleak. The EPA rates the Audi A3 TDI at 43 mpg – an impressive figure to be sure. The problem is that to successfully complete the 836-mile odyssey, my driving partner and I would need to average 63 mpg over two days. Which, just in case you’re horrid with numbers, is 20 mpg more than the government rating.I was only slightly comforted by the fact that the A3 TDI features a truly great power plant: a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder that churns out 150 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. Those are impressive figures. However, to get the most out of the engine, I would need to use no more than 50 of those torques as I crawled across the highways of New Mexico, Arizona, and California at 45 mph.On the upside, the A3 TDI proved a very comfortable place to spend the two days of agonizing climbs and thrilling descents that lay ahead. Audi may have stripped down its normally luxurious interior for its entry-level model, but what is there shows that companies normal attention to detail and flair. The seats in particular stand out as being of a very high quality. Over two twelve-hour days, I came away without a single ache or strain.The journeyGiven the size of the task, my driving partner and I knew we would need a plan. Over an unspecified number of drinks the night before our departure, we decided that we were willing to do our damnedest to make the entire journey on one tank. Though, we were not quite willing to comprise our safety. This meant no suicidal semi-truck drafting, nor did it mean that we’d crawl along too far below the natural flow of traffic. In the end, it was this last bit that proved our undoing.Like the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings, our trip from Albuquerque to San Diego would involve a great deal of slogging through mountains. Instead of Orc attacks to enliven things, however, we would have to make do with an un-air-conditioned journey through the desert.Soon after leaving Albuquerque, we began our first climb into the mountains. Immediately two things became clear: absolutely everything would be passing us along the way and hills are absolute mileage killers.As we struggled up the hills in the lowest speed that the transmission would stay in without downshifting, we were forced to put our hazards on and watch as traffic moved by. In the first two hours alone, everything from an RV towing a Ford Explorer to an actual stately home being towed behind a truck passed us up.Despite our heroic slowness, 63 mpg was nowhere in sight for most of the first day. My driving partner battled hills and curves until lunch when it was my turn, our average of 54 mpg hanging heavily on my head. Not only would we know our failure, but also to the Twitter-verse, as legions of Audi fans followed our every move.Behind the wheel, I quickly learned that hypermiling – when not slowly eroding my will to live – can be a challenging chess game.After lunch, the next step in our course was a curvy two-lane strip of pavement running through hill country. The turns, descents, and rises called for extremely close attention, as I tried to maximize the A3’s momentum. Each downhill was a race to build up as much speed as possible, while burning as little fuel as possible. Then on the short rises I had to time getting off the throttle perfectly so that I would coast to the top at no less than 40 mph, the speed at which the transmission downshifted into fifth.If I guessed wrong, or the crest continued past the point visible to me, it would mean burning precious diesel to build up momentum. All the while being subjected to the glares and flashing lights of whatever poor soul happened to be trapped behind me. One trick that soon became apparent was to use the Google Earth image displayed on the Audi’s MMI infotainment screen to try and read the terrain ahead.The first hour of this battle left me tired. The following six hours, however, left me feeling as if I had just gone six rounds with mighty Thor.Despite all my work, and more favorable terrain than we had faced in the morning, we were averaging only 57.1 mpg by the time we reached our overnight spot in Sedona. The next day would be worse; not only did we have to cover more distance, but also we had to do it through the desert, A/C off and windows up.I could rhapsodize about the sheer funkiness of our little Teutonic sweat lodge. But I don’t know that the English language has the vocabulary to describe the smell, or the misery of knowing salvation and doom was a mere button push away. In the end, though, what truly brought about our mileage doom was the fact that we just couldn’t bring ourselves to drive slowly enough.When my co-pilot and I hit the final and excruciatingly long final hill climb, we were faced with a few options. We could either A.) Continue up the 75-mph hill at 45 and hope we didn’t run out of diesel by a Mexican boarder fence where we’d be immediately murdered by either zealous Border Patrol agents or by drug cartel henchmen. Or B.) Simply pull over and throw in the towel at one of Audi’s designated bailout points. We chose the latter.The takeawayHaving made our fateful choice, as the car began to display increasingly panicked warnings about the seriously low fuel level, we sped up and turned on the air conditioning. I can’t quite describe to you how blissful it felt to drive like a normal human being for the first time in two days, with the A/C blasting our sweaty faces. Pulling into the final turnout, our trip odometer read 736 miles with 0 remaining on the original tank.Fortunately for us, we were not the first to run out of diesel. Instead, we did better on range than all but four teams. Given how hard we worked for this modest achievement, I was left with one conclusion as we completed the journey into San Diego in a brand-new Audi A3 Cabriolet: Hypermiling like this just isn’t worth it.We could have achieved a substantial improvement on the EPA estimate by taking simple steps like reducing overall speed and taking full advantage of our momentum wherever possible.In the A3 TDI this would have been easy; it really is an efficient car. Yet, those final five or so MPG are costly and miserable ones to achieve. This, I suspect, is a conclusion the winners of the challenge would attest to as they arrived at the Pacific Ocean long after the sun had set, some 16 hours after they had set out that morning.HighsAmazing fuel economyComfortable seatsRefined ride and handlingLowsHigh priceUndistinguished styling Editors’ Recommendations On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip 1. 2015 Audi A3 TDI 2. 2015 Audi A3 TDI 3. 2015 Audi A3 TDI 5. 2015 Audi A3 TDI 6. 2015 Audi A3 TDI 7. 2015 Audi A3 TDI 8. 2015 Audi A3 TDI 9. 2015 Audi A3 TDI 10. 2015 Audi A3 TDIcenter_img 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read last_img read more

SAAM SMIT Orders Damen Tug at Offshore Energy 2015

first_imgzoom SAAM SMIT Towage, the joint venture between SAAM S.A. of Chile and Dutch company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., has signed a contract for the purchase of a Damen Tug 2913 at the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference 2015 held in Amsterdam today and tomorrow.This is the first new tug to be purchased by SAAM SMIT since its establishment in July 2014, and is scheduled for delivery in 2016.The joint venture operates in Mexico, Brazil, Panama and Canada, and the new ASD 2913 will be based initially in Panama. The tug is already under construction at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania as part of the company’s policy of building for stock. This will allow her to be delivered in around six months from the signing of the contract.The ASD Tug 2913 has a bollard pull of 80 tonnes, and a double hull to comply with the latest regulations. The vessel for SAAM SMIT will feature a number of Damen options including fire-fighting (FiFi1) capability. This is the third of the new ASD Tug 2913 series to be sold, with the first being delivered in February 2015 to Petersen & Alpers for service in Hamburg.“We are very pleased to be selected as the provider of the first new vessel for SAAM SMIT,” said Giel Venema, the responsible Area Manager for Damen.“We are confident that the capabilities of the ASD Tug 2913 will serve the joint venture and its customers well, particularly in the demanding environment of the new, expanded Panama Canal.”last_img read more

NYK Looking into Embezzlement Case in China

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping major Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) revealed that it has discovered a potential embezzlement case in one its subsidiaries based in Shanghai, China.Namely, the company said that there is a possibility that former locally-hired management personnel in NYK Car Carrier (China) Co., which is engaged in the finished-car logistics business, had committed unlawful expenditure.The case is being investigated by a purposely established committee as of February 5, 2018.“It is currently estimated that the overall influence of this matter to the final loss and profit of the consolidated financial results of the company will be approximately a loss of JPY 2 billion (USD 18.6 million),” the company said.NYK added that it would announce more details once the influence of this matter to the consolidated financial results for the fiscal year 2017 and highlights for the nine months ended December 31, 2017, is determined.The company has received approval from the stock exchange to push its quarterly securities report until March 23, 2018 due to the ongoing investigation.last_img read more

BJP Trinamool neck and neck in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party is giving a tough fight to West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress as both are leading in two seats each, while the Congress is ahead in only one of the 42 constituencies as per early trends. For BJP, John Barla in Alipurduar and Raju Bist in Darjeeling were leading. In Jalpaigurii, Trinamool’s Binay Chandra Burman is leading, while in Ghatal, Bengali film star Dev was in the lead. Former state Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has established a slender lead from his constituency in Bahawalpur.last_img

PM Boris Johnson waits for EU to move on Brexit

first_imgLondon: New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is waiting for EU leaders to agree to renegotiate their Brexit deal before he meets them, his spokeswoman said Monday, as the government stepped up “no deal” planning. “He obviously wants to meet EU leaders and negotiate but not to be sat down and told that the EU cannot possibly reopen the withdrawal agreement,” the spokeswoman said. Johnson, who took office last week, wants to change the exit terms struck by his predecessor Theresa May but insists he will leave the European Union without any agreement at all if necessary on October 31. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBrussels says it will not reopen the text. In phone calls last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron both invited Johnson to visit, but he has yet to announce any foreign travel ahead of the G7 summit in August. “The withdrawal agreement has been rejected by parliament a number of times now and clearly it’s not going to pass in its current form,” the spokeswoman said. “It needs to change if there’s going to be a deal.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMay was forced to resign after failing three times to get the Brexit deal through the House of Commons, in the process delaying Britain’s EU exit twice. Opposition among MPs is focused on the “backstop” arrangement intended to keep open the border between British Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. Brussels says this is vital for peace in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence. But critics say it risks keeping Britain tied to EU rules long after Brexit and erecting trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. “The backstop has to be abolished,” Johnson’s spokeswoman said. “He remains confident that the EU will stop claiming that the withdrawal agreement cannot be changed, but until that happens we must assume there will be a ‘no deal’ Brexit on October 31. “The government’s central focus is preparing for that.” A multi-million pound (dollar) advertising blitz is planned to alert businesses and ordinary people on what to do to prepare for “no deal”. Johnson, who played a leading role in the Brexit campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, has also set up three new cabinet sub-committees to focus on the task. A colleague from 2016, former environment minister Michael Gove, will chair a daily committee meeting on “no deal” planning. Johnson will chair a committee on Brexit strategy twice a week, as well as another on economy and trade, which will meet regularly.last_img read more

12 charged after protest over Steve Bannon debate

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police say they have laid charges against 12 people arrested Friday night during a rally to protest a controversial debate featuring former White House strategist Steve Bannon.The accused have not been publicly identified but police say the charges include trespassing, disorderly conduct and assault of a police officer.They say two officers were injured during the protest, which delayed the start of the debate at Roy Thomson Hall by roughly half an hour.It’s alleged one officer was punched and another was hit with a stick. Videos posted on social media showed officers using batons to hold back the crowd outside the auditorium, and one photo showed an officer using pepper spray.The event, part of the Munk Debates, saw Bannon and conservative commentator David Frum debate the role of populism in politics.Critics had called on organizers to cancel the event, accusing Bannon of being a white supremacist and arguing he should not be given a platform to share his views.Bannon denied the accusations and organizers stressed what they called the importance of allowing vigorous discussion of hot topics.last_img read more

Triple killer Dellen Millard appeals conviction and sentence for fathers murder

first_imgTORONTO — Triple killer Dellen Millard is appealing his first-degree murder conviction and sentence for the death of his father, arguing the outcome of his case was unreasonable.Millard was found guilty in September of murdering his dad, Wayne Millard, whose death in 2012 was initially ruled a suicide.In December, Justice Maureen Forestell sentenced the 33-year-old to his third consecutive life sentence, which means Dellen Millard will serve 75 years in prison before being able to apply for parole.Two days after being sentenced, Millard filed a notice of appeal disputing Forestell’s conclusions.“The verdict is unreasonable,” Millard wrote in the document dated Dec. 20. “The sentence is unconstitutional.”Millard, who had pleaded not guilty to the murder of his father, a wealthy aviation executive, is also appealing his first-degree murder convictions and sentences for the deaths of Hamilton’s Tim Bosma, a complete stranger, and Toronto’s Laura Babcock, his one-time lover.He committed those two murders with his former friend, Mark Smich, who is also appealing the verdicts in those cases.Forestell, who presided over the Wayne Millard case without a jury, found that Dellen Millard shot his 71-year-old father through the left eye as he slept on Nov. 29, 2012.She found that Millard took steps to set up a false alibi by leaving his car, a cell phone and his credit card at Smich’s house while he took a taxi to his father’s place in the middle of the night.Forestell said at sentencing last month that there was faint hope for Millard’s rehabilitation.“Dellen Millard has repeatedly committed the most serious offence known to our law,” she said. “He has done so with considerable planning and premeditation. In the murder of his father, he took advantage of the vulnerability of his father and betrayed his father’s trust in him.”Millard’s defence attorney argued the consecutive sentence without parole eligibility was unduly long and harsh but the judge disagreed.“It is necessary to impose a further penalty in order to express society’s condemnation of each of the murders that he has committed and to acknowledge the harm done to each of the victims,” she said.“Dellen Millard is capable of gaining the trust of friends, relatives and strangers. Mr. Millard has, however, used his ability to gain such trust as a vehicle for planned and deliberate killings.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Warriors stare down injury woes ahead of Game 3 against Raptors

first_imgOAKLAND, CA. (680 NEWS) — No Kevin Durant, no Kevon Looney and now Klay Thompson might not even suit up for the Warriors when Golden State hosts the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.Yet Steph Curry is still more than capable of winning games by himself and Raptors head coach Nick Nurse wants to remind everyone that Warrior Demarcus Cousins is pretty good too.“He’s an all-star player, he’s got tons of talent, he’s a big body. I figure as the series goes on and he gets the timing back, he’ll keep playing better,” Nurse said.Thompson is now questionable for Game 3 with a hamstring injury but he’s going to try everything to get on the court.“You just gotta, as cliche as it is, dig deep and realize we have months to rest after this and recover. So for me it’s about doing everything I can up until tip-off tomorrow to be able to go because I hate missing games. I really do.”The Raptors meanwhile are as healthy as you can be this time of year, and when Kawhi was asked to give his health as a percentage, he didn’t hesitate.“One-hundred percent … There’s no excuses.”He also praised Nurse’s coaching abilities but as usual it was all business from Kawhi as he and the rest of the Raptors get ready for a big Game 3 on Wednesday night.The Raptors-Warriors game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet, as well as Citytv.last_img read more

West Fraser misses first quarter analyst expectations as earnings plunge

VANCOUVER — West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. says earnings dropped significantly in the last quarter as the company felt the impact of lower production and demand.The company says it lost $5 million or seven cents per share in the quarter ending March 31, compared with earnings of $197 million or $2.53 per share for the same period last year.Adjusted earnings were $22 million or 32 cents per share for the quarter, compared with $229 million or $2.96 a share for the first quarter last year.Analysts had expected adjusted earnings $36.3 million or 56 cents per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company says earnings were hit by lower demand in the key spruce-pine-fir sector as U.S. housing starts lagged because of wet weather across major construction markets.B.C. producers including West Fraser have announced several rounds of production curtailments as they grapple with limited wood fibre supply in the province and depressed demand. Companies in this story: (TSX:WFT)The Canadian Press read more

Security Council extends UN oilforfood programme until 4 December

The Security Council this evening unanimously adopted a resolution extending until 4 December the United Nations oil-for-food programme, which began operations in 1996 and remains a temporary measure to provide for the civilian needs of the Iraqi people until Baghdad meets its international obligations.Under the scheme, Iraq is allowed to use 72 per cent of its oil revenues to purchase humanitarian relief. Of the remainder, 25 per cent goes to the Compensation Fund for war reparation payments, while 2.2 per cent covers UN costs for administering the programme and 0.8 per cent is allocated to the weapons inspection operations. To date, some $25 billion worth humanitarian supplies and equipment have been delivered to Iraq under the programme, including $1.5 billion worth of oil industry spare parts and equipment. An additional $10 billion worth of supplies are currently in the production and delivery pipeline. read more

NHL Lockout Games Through November Canceled

The NHL canceled regular-season games through November, as the labor dispute between the league and the players’ association get nowhereThe league canceled games through Nov. 1 last week following a dispiriting proposal-swapping session between the NHL and NHLPA in Toronto. With no progress made since, the league was forced to wipe out another significant block of the regular-season schedule.A lack of meaningful dialogue between the warring factions means that the league’s marquee event, the Winter Classic, is in jeopardy as well.The annual outdoor game may be canceled as early as next week, a source with knowledge of the league’s plans told ESPNNewYork.com.Commissioner Gary Bettman said a decision on the Winter Classic was needed “very soon” when reached Wednesday at a press conference announcing the Islanders move to Brooklyn.“I’m not going to give you an exact timetable, but at some point in November,” he said. “We will have to commit many millions of dollars to get ready for the Winter Classic, so if there’s still uncertainty, we’re going to have to make a decision and my guess is, we’re not going to commit those dollars unless we have certainty.”Bettman also indicated Wednesday that the negotiation process — one that has been stagnant without any formal meetings over the past week — was likely to get “more difficult” moving forward.The league is following through with that promise Friday, when it is expected to not only cancel games but also inform the NHLPA that its last offer is now off the table.The offer — which included a 50-50 revenue split and provision to “make whole” existing player contracts by using deferred payments — was contingent on playing an 82-game season, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com. With no chance of salvaging a full season, the offer has been rescinded.The NHLPA has not made any additional offer since its trio of proposals was promptly rejected by the league last week. The union has attempted to stoke negotiations by offering to meet, but the league has spurned those invitations. read more

Irish researcher wins major acclaim for lifesaving medical app

first_img Siobhán O’Connor Source: UCCO’Connor herself is a first-year doctoral student in the Health Informations Systems Research Centre at UCC.TEDMED is a US-based community of researchers, academics and entrepreneurs focused on using information and technology in the service of medicine and health.O’Connor, from Kanturk, Co Cork, will now have the honour of showcasing and presenting the app at TEDMED’s annual conference in Washington DC, this September.In a statement, she attributed the plaudits to the “novelty” of the app, and to her own varied background in nursing and informatics.A previous version of this article cited Siobhán O’Connor as the developer of the Supporting LIFE app. She is a researcher. Dr Timothy O’Sullivan was the app’s developer.Read: How your smartphone can help you get active>Irishman’s mood monitoring app wins US award> SIOBHÁN O’CONNOR, a PhD student at UCC, has won a prestigious TEDMED Frontline Scholarship for a smartphone app which gives “lifesaving support” to medical professionals in remote Africa.The Supporting LIFE Android app offers healthcare workers in rural parts of the continent a “clinical decision support toolkit,” helps them assess and triage patients, and features a training platform to educate locals.To give it its full name, “Supporting Low-cost Interventions for Disease Control”, involved a team of researchers and developers, led Dr John O’Donoghue, from UCC and Imperial College London (ICL).The app was developed by UCC software engineer Dr Timothy O’Sullivan.last_img read more

Une simulation de mission martienne sur lISS

first_imgUne simulation de mission martienne sur l’ISS ?La Russie, la NASA et l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) songent à réaliser une mission martienne simulée sur la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Une expérience similaire à celle de Mars 500. En novembre dernier, s’est achevée une expérience unique en son genre : Mars 500. D’une durée de plus d’un an et demi, celle-ci visait à simuler une mission aller retour vers la planète Mars et de tester les effets potentiels qu’elle pourrait avoir sur les astronautes. Au final, l’expérience s’est révélée être une véritable réussite et a fourni une grande quantité de données. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAC’est probablement ce qui motive aujourd’hui l’agence spatiale russe, la NASA et l’Agence spatiale européenne à envisager d’organiser une telle mission sur la Station spatiale internationale (ISS), comme l’a annoncé Vladimir Popovkine, directeur de Roskosmos. “Mars-500 était une bonne expérience qui a permis d’étudier la psychologie humaine. Nous envisageons de réitérer cette expérience dans l’espace. Nous menons des consultations en ce sens avec la NASA et l’ESA”, a t-il indiqué à la radio Echo à Moscou.Comme la première expérience, celle-ci pourrait alors viser à tester l’influence du confinement sur le sommeil, le moral, l’immunité et le système hormonal de l’organisme humain dans un cadre encore plus proche d’une situation réelle. Lors de Mars 500, les membres de l’équipage – les Russes Alexeï Sitev, Soukhrob Kamolov et Alexandre Smoleïevski, le Français Romain Charles, le Chinois Wang Yue et l’Italien Diego Urbina, ont réalisé environ 200 expériences scientifiques. Le 6 février 2012 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 4 avril

first_imgLes 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 4 avrilUn appel aux donneurs de sang, un pirate retrouvé 300 ans après et une bonne nouvelle pour les éléphants, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 4 avril. – Après plusieurs semaines de suspense, la station spatiale chinoise Tiangong-1 est finalement revenue sur Terre. Elle a pénétré dans l’atmosphère le 2 avril à 00H15 GMT et s’est désintégrée en “grande majorité”. Si l’autorité spatiale chinoise ne l’a pas précisé, des fragments ont probablement survécu à cette rentrée. Ils auraient toutefois terminé leur course dans l’océan Pacifique au large de Hawaï.  – Il y a 49 millions d’années, un varan très particulier évoluait à la surface de la Terre. Appelé Saniwa ensidens, l’animal possédait quatre yeux, si l’on en croit la récente étude de ses fossiles. Les deux yeux classiques plus deux autres situés au sommet de sa tête. D’après les chercheurs, c’est la première fois qu’on identifie un vertébré doté d’une mâchoire afficher une telle particularité.  – Donneurs de sang, on a besoin de vous ! L’Etablissement français du sang (EFS) vient de lancer un appel d’urgence pour reconstituer les stocks d’ici le mois de mai afin d’assurer les besoins en transfusion des malades. A l’approche des vacances scolaires et des jours fériés, l’EFS s’attend en effet à voir baisser ses réserves de sang et appelle tous les volontaires à venir donner leur sang dès maintenant.- Des chercheurs pensent avoir retrouvé les restes d’un des pirates les plus célèbres de l’histoire : le capitaine “Black Sam” Bellamy. L’homme s’est illustré au 18e siècle en capturant avec son équipage plus de 50 navires avant de périr dans le naufrage de son bateau. C’est dans cette épave enterrée près de Cap Code dans le Massachusetts qu’un os pouvant appartenir au pirate a été identifié. Une analyse ADN doit encore être menée pour le confirmer.- Que se passerait-il si une bombe nucléaire tombait sur votre ville ? Un simulateur disponible en ligne dévoile un aperçu de l’étendue des dégâts et du nombre de victimes. La carte interactive a été conçue par l’organisation The Outrider Foundation dans le but de sensibiliser aux menaces qui pèsent sur l’humanité.   À lire aussiLapins, planète et réchauffement climatique, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 21 août- Le Royaume-Uni se lance dans la lutte contre le trafic d’ivoire. Le gouvernement britannique a décidé de renforcer son interdiction du commerce de ce matériau, en l’étendant à la plupart des objets en ivoire quel que soit leur âge. Si quelques exceptions seront autorisées, ce sera l’une des réglementations les plus strictes au monde concernant l’ivoire. Une bonne nouvelle pour les éléphants dont le braconnage a grandement diminué les effectifs.- Le télescope Hubble vient de battre un nouveau record. Il a réussi à capturer l’étoile la plus éloignée jamais vue. Icare, c’est son nom, est située à 9 milliards d’années-lumière de la Terre. La supergéante bleue a pu être observée grâce à un procédé nommé “lentille gravitationnelle” qui permet de rendre visibles des objets normalement trop lointains. – Envie de renforcer votre système immunitaire ? Alors enfourchez votre vélo. Selon une nouvelle étude, il permettrait en effet de protéger notre immunité. Des chercheurs ont constaté que des cyclistes âgés de 75 ans, et ayant fait du vélo pendant une grande partie de leur vie, avaient un profil immunitaire similaire à celui de personnes âgées de 20 ans. Un impact qui reste à confirmer pas de plus amples études mais qui donne des envies de balades en vélo non ?Le 4 avril 2018 à 00:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more