The Power of an Indomitable Mindset

first_imgImpossible to beat. Impossible to subdue.What does an indomitable mindset mean for salespeople? Why is it important? How do you develop one?The foundation of an indomitable mindset is an indomitable belief structure. As you go through life, you pick up dozens and dozens of infections. You don’t even know you’re picking them up, but these infections determine what kind of results you produce and what level of success you achieve.Maybe you were infected with the belief that the obstacles to better performance are external. It’s not you, it’s the economy. It’s not you, it’s your sales manager. It’s not you, it’s your competitors’ willingness to sell on price alone. These are very common infections, and they weaken your mindset.The wonderful thing about beliefs is that they are infections you can choose for yourself. You can choose to believe that the obstacles to better performance are all internal. You can believe that you are responsible for everything that happens to you. It’s not the economy, it’s the fact that you haven’t adjusted your approach to take advantage of new economic realities. It’s not your sales manager, it’s the fact that you aren’t selling him or her like you sell to your prospective clients. It’s not your competitor’s willingness to sell on price that causes you to lose opportunities, it’s your inability to justify the delta between your price and theirs.Your beliefs drive your behaviors and your behaviors determine your results. Without a powerful underlying belief system, you cannot have an indomitable mindset.In my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I identified nine attributes that make for a powerful mindset. Those attributes include self-discipline, optimism, caring, competitiveness, resourcefulness, initiative, persistence, communication, and accountability. These attributes are all part of what makes up an indomitable mindset.If you want to create an indomitable mindset of your own, study people that already have one. Adopt their beliefs as your own, especially the beliefs that make you uncomfortable. In short order, you’ll find yourself taking new actions, and producing new results. You’ll also find yourself with an indomitable mindset.last_img read more

‘Unbelievable journey’: Bucks advance for 1st time in 18 years, face Celtics in 2nd round

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We’re going to celebrate it and have fun, but we’ll quickly focus on Boston,” Milwaukee guard Sterling Brown said. “It’s going to be a fun series. Last year, they got us in Game 7.”Milwaukee has come a long way from Antetokounmpo’s first postseason appearance four years ago when Chicago advanced with a 120-66 win.“From where we were and where we are right now, it’s been an unbelievable journey,” Antetokounmpo said. “The organization has done a great job of just pushing in another direction.”Antetokounmpo has had a lot to do with that, smashing expectations for the No. 15 pick overall in 2013.In games and practices, he has impressed his teammates with spectacular plays and even they were shaking their head in disbelief after his latest highlight.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bucks assistant coach Vin Baker has been watching Antetokounmpo up close on a daily basis and raves about his game as much as his personality.“He’s the best player in the world right now,” said Baker, a former NBA starter. “He reminds me sometimes of Scottie Pippen, but Scottie wasn’t 6-11. Sometimes I see some LeBron (James) in his game. But Giannis is so unique I don’t think there’s ever been another NBA superstar like him.“And, he’s just 24 and he attacks every day like it’s his first day in the league.”Baker has seen Antetokounmpo accommodate requests from young and old fans and marvels at his humility.“He’s one of the best people I’ve ever been around,” Baker said. “He doesn’t say no to people and unlike some stars, it’s not an act. He’s as real and genuine and authentic as you can be.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, front right, hugs Detroit Pistons center Zaza Pachulia after Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT— Giannis Antetokounmpo will have his unique talents on display in the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in his six-year career.If Milwaukee’s superstar can match or beat his latest jaw-dropping highlight, everyone is in for a treat, unless they play or root for the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Lloyd Pierce replacing Nate McMillan on USA coaching staff View comments “It’s crazy to be able to witness each one of these, it seems like each and every game,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said.The latest one, though, wasn’t a play any of his teammates could recall seeing before.Antetokounmpo leaped in the middle of the lane, trying to dunk on Andre Drummond with his right hand.He was met by Detroit’s 6-foot-11, 279-pound center in the air and got fouled, getting bumped off his path in the paint.No problem.Antetokounmpo had enough strength to bring the ball down to corral it with both hands before flicking his right wrist just enough before landing to make the shot to get the ball up and into the hoop.“It was just unbelievable,” Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe said.Brown was on the court for the three-point play late in the first half. A couple hours later, he still couldn’t believe what he saw.“Everybody is not like him,” Brown said.That appears to be true off the court, too. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Antetokounmpo scored a career playoff-high 41 points to lift the Bucks a 127-104 sweep-sealing win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.“This means a lot,” he said softly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe top-seeded Bucks will face fourth-seeded Boston in a postseason rematch. The Celtics are also coming off a sweep, against Indiana, and should have confidence in the matchup after eliminating Milwaukee in the first round last year.The Bucks swept a seven-game series for the first time since 1983, when they did it in the conference semifinals against Boston. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Photos – The Leticia Bufoni Story

first_imgAdvertisementLetícia Bufoni e Silva (born April 13, 1993) is a Brazilian professional street skateboarder.Bufoni was born in São Paulo, Brazil.She began skating at age 9 and her grandmother bought her first skateboard when she was 11.She attended Hollywood High School, but left after missing so much school that she was in danger of being kicked out.When Letícia was 14 she came to Southern California to compete in the X Games.During that trip, she was skating at Element Skate Camp and practicing a trick (an inward heel flip).Her dad said that if she landed it, she could stay in California.She got it right on the next try.She got sponsored and decided to remain in California.Both she and her family knew if she was to be world class she had to be in the heart of the action.She has been competing as a professional skateboarder ever since.Image Courtesy – Leticia Bufoni (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

WHARTON HONORED BY BRIAR CLIFF

first_imgA former President of Briar Cliff University was honored Thursday by having the main academic hub for the University’s undergraduate programs named in her honor.Bev Wharton was the longest tenured president of Briar Cliff, serving for fifteen years:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BEV.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….to Briar Cliff. ;12Wharton was instrumental in completing the eleven million dollar, three story expansion to Heelan Hall in 2014, adding modern components to the building constructed in the 1930’s:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BEV2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………for our students. :14Wharton says those students and the campus will always remain dear to her:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BEV3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….for the world. ;23The modern classroom section will now forever be known as the Beverly A. Wharton Learning Center at Briar Cliff.last_img read more

Mane: Liverpool confident but not arrogant

first_imgSadio Mane admits there is plenty of confidence within Liverpool’s title-chasing squad, but “not too much” as they are aware there is still a long way to go.The Reds have positioned themselves at the top of the Premier League table through 23 fixtures.A four-point advantage is held at the summit, with defending champions Manchester City presenting their closest challenge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Jurgen Klopp’s side have been out in front for some time now, with just one defeat suffered so far, and belief is building when it comes to ending a 29-year wait for domestic supremacy.Mane has full faith in Liverpool’s ability to get over the line but is eager to avoid generating any added pressure, telling the club’s official website: “We have experience now.“Of course we are confident if we’re winning – but not too much, we know what can happen. We are still professional footballers and we’re still going to try to take it game by game.“The season is long and we have many games. Making pressure for ourselves doesn’t help. Why not just try to win games until the end of the season?”Liverpool’s cause is set to be aided this weekend as they take in a welcome break.While a number of their Premier League rivals are in FA Cup action, the Reds will be downing tools after falling at the third round hurdle against Wolves.Klopp has already talked up the benefits of easing the workload on his players, and Mane believes a period of rest will help a squad which has been carrying a number of walking wounded over recent weeks.The Senegal international forward added: “It’s good for us to have a few days off and get a few injured players back, because now there’s quite a lot.“We still have a strong team. [And] the other players are going to give their best for the team.”Liverpool will be back in action on Wednesday when they welcome Leicester City to Anfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

ESPN Outlines How These 2 Teams Can Still Make The Playoff

first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Two of the previously unbeaten, top 10 teams to lose this past weekend were then-No. 5 LSU and then-No. 7 Oklahoma, who fell to Florida and Texas, respectively.Are the Tigers and the Sooners now out of the College Football Playoff race?Probably – but not entirely.ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight has outlined how LSU and Oklahoma can still make the College Football Playoff.On LSU:If LSU wins out, our model says it would have a greater than 99 percent chance of making the playoff, making it one of only five schools (joining Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson) whose playoff chances are that high if they go the rest of the season without a loss. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done: Even after putting the Gators behind it, LSU still has four more ranked opponents left on its regular-season schedule, plus whomever it might play in the SEC title game (if the Tigers get there). At the same time, just one more loss would basically doom LSU, leaving its playoff probability at the end of the season at just 16 percent even if it finishes 10-2. Practically speaking, Ed Orgeron’s team really does have no choice but to keep winning.On Oklahoma:Even if Oklahoma wins all its remaining games, our model still gives the Sooners only an 85 percent chance of making the playoff. That’s not too terrible, though, given that Kyler Murray and company have a relatively manageable remaining schedule that includes only one ranked opponent. That matchup — a Nov. 23 battle against West Virginia in Morgantown — could swing Oklahoma’s season more than any other game, with our model calling for an average change to the Sooners’ playoff chances of plus or minus 13 percentage points, depending on whether they can beat the Mountaineers. In the universe where OU does win that one, the Sooners make the playoff 29 percent of the time; in the ones where they don’t, that number is 2 percent.ESPN’s current model predicts Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame to make the College Football Playoff.You can view the full projections here.last_img read more

Miami QB Tate Martell Warming Up With Wide Receivers Ahead Of Game vs. Florida

first_imgTate Martell performs drills for Miami during Spring Game.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes performs drills during the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The start of his college football career has been a whirlwind for Tate Martell. The former blue-chip recruit went from heir apparent to Dwayne Haskins’ job at Ohio State, to quickly transferring to Miami, and now, might be facing a position change.Martell was a four-star recruit when he committed to Ohio State. He got some work last year behind Haskins, but by the time Haskins was wrapping up his one season at starter, and clearly NFL-bound, rumors had already popped up of Georgia’s Justin Fields transferring to the Buckeyes.Martell initially said he welcomed the competition, but quickly changed his mind, heading to Miami. When he was cleared to play right away, it seemed like his job to lose, but instead The U is going with Jarren Williams under center tonight against Florida.While he is still listed at quarterback on Miami’s roster, it looks like a position change might be in his future. After the quarterback battle was settled, it looked like he might make another school change, as he was absent from practice. Instead, he remains a Hurricane, and has been doing work with the wide receivers. That continued during pregame warm-ups today.JT successor? The Tate Martell pic.twitter.com/E0oA9sUEPO— Robert Clark (@Robert_Clark7) August 24, 2019Here’s Tate Martell in warmups lining up in the slot. pic.twitter.com/04EyuvANhl— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) August 24, 2019Whether Tate Martell will actually see time split out wide is yet to be seen, as is whatever happens if Miami has to go away from Williams at quarterback. The team also has N’Kosi Perry, who had a very rocky freshman season but has some experience.We’re just minutes away from the start of this intrastate rivalry, and the FBS season as a whole, kicking off. The Hurricanes and Gators are set to get things going at 7 p.m. ET. The game is being broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

Moodys Upgrades Royal Caribbean Rating

first_imgMoody’s rating agency has upgraded Royal Caribbean Cruises’ senior unsecured rating to Baa2 from Baa3, and assigned a P-2 rating to the company’s planned USD 1.15 billion commercial paper program.The rating agency added that the company’s rating outlook is stable.“The upgrade to Baa2 reflects Moody’s expectation that Royal Caribbean will benefit from strong booking trends, increased onboard spending and the introduction of new ships which will enable the company to maintain leverage below 3.5x,” Pete Trombetta, Moody’s lead lodging and cruise analyst, said.“The upgrade also reflects the company’s improved liquidity position, including reduced outstandings under its committed revolving credit facilities,” Trombetta added.The P-2 commercial paper rating reflects RCL’s adequate liquidity, supported by its strong free cash flow generation which is sufficient to cover debt maturities over the next 24 months.Constraining the company’s liquidity profile is the large cash outflows related to new ship deliveries which cause spikes in capital expenditures throughout the year.RCL also has a USD 1.4 billion revolver due 2020 and a USD 1.2 billion revolver due in 2022; combined outstandings of about USD 700 million at March 31, 2018.The revolvers do not require a material adverse change representation at borrowing, but do contain financial covenants which are expected to maintain ample headroom, Moody’s concluded.last_img read more

Jackie Chan Brings Warm Clothes To Those In Need

first_imgJackie Chan kicked off the new year by visiting the Hebei Province in the Xuanhua County of China, braving sub-zero temperatures to deliver USD $480,000 worth of clothing, food, and bottled water to those in need.Jackie greeted the residents and spoke with them about his commitment to helping them in their time of need.The Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation has already donated USD$64,000 to area residents to help build motor-pumped wells.For nearly two decades, Jackie has been handing out coats to the elderly and homeless during the coldest time of year. On January 2, Jackie visited Hong Kong’s Salvation Army to continue this tradition and as a special treat, he gave out free passes to his latest movie, CZ12.“Friends exist all over the world,” said Jackie as part of his New Year message to his fans. “We are all neighbors from the ends of the earth.”Source:JackieChan.comlast_img read more

Mamata draws parallel between Quit India movement and her fight against Modi

first_imgDebra (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused Prime Minster Narendra Modi of running a fascist government in the country, and drew a parallel between her campaign against the BJP and the Quit India Movement of 1942. Addressing a rally here, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said the prime minister and his party will be shown the door after the Lok Sabha elections. “Someone has to bell the cat. In 1942, Quit India movement was launched against the British, now we are fighting to oust a fascist Modi from power,” she said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Banerjee claimed that Modi, if he retains power, will destroy the “constitutional fabric” and no elections will be held in future. “There will be no freedom or democracy in the country if Modi is voted to power again. It is time we show the door to Modi and the BJP. It’s time this government is buried during this democratic exercise (elections),” she said. The chief minister claimed that people are scared to express their opinion in public. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “There is an emergency-like situation in the country. Nobody can speak out in public as they are scared of him… Stop this fascism and terror,” she said. The TMC boss also insisted that Modi never visited Bengal during crises. “You will get a big rosogolla (zero seats) in Bengal,” she said. The chief minister alleged that Modi had lied when he said he was once a ‘chaiwala’ (tea seller). “From chaiwala, he has become a chowkidar (watchman). We do not want a chowkidar who tells lies. “Modi had promised achhe din (good times) after coming to power. What happened in reality is that the prices of petrol and diesel have gone up and minorities and adivasis no longer feel safe in the face of incessant attacks,” the TMC leader said. India is in danger under the Modi-led government, Banerjee alleged. “We want leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Bose, Ambedkar, Rajendra Prasad and Swami Vivekananda. They (the BJP), however, talk about Nathruam Godse and not of Gandhiji,” she added.last_img read more

Owners should expect the unexpected when buying a business

NEW YORK — Many small business owners get some unpleasant surprises when they buy a company, whether the problems are with staffers, finances or the firm’s technology, equipment or premises.Expect the unexpected is the advice from small business consultants, including those who have bought and sold companies themselves.“You always get surprises after the deal is closed, and sometimes they’re significant,” says Gene Marks, owner of The Marks Group, a small business consulting firm in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.Owners should always do due diligence before buying a company, looking as closely as they can at finances, staffing, customers and vendors. But, Marks says, remember that you’ll miss something or that the owner who wants to close the deal may not be up-front about everything.“You find out a lot more about accompany after you bought it,” Marks says.As they do their due diligence, owners should remember that like the stock market, a company’s past performance is no guarantee of how it will do in the future. The focus needs to be on how many changes are needed going forward.The timing of a transaction can affect how smoothly the transition goes. Sellers often want to close a deal by Dec. 31, and that can mean rushing to get things done and making mistakes rather than having a smooth transition, says Alicia Goodrow, a business law attorney with Culhane Meadows in Houston. She suggests buyers not be bound by the calendar so they can take their time.It’s important to remember that employees are a company’s most important asset, Marks says. “The companies that have succeeded the most when they’ve been acquired are the ones where the new owner has communicated with key employees and gotten them on board,” he says.The new owners should try to keep the seller involved in the business; the best way is to make them a paid consultant or even a staffer. Having the previous owner assist with the transition can help staffers get used to the new boss, and reassure customers and vendors that their needs will continue to be met._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

UN helps newly democratic States share ideas on transition in Arab region

6 June 2011Representatives from countries that have recently undergone transitions to democracy are meeting in Cairo in a United Nations-supported conference to exchange ideas on democracy and development in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere in the Arab world, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said today. The conference, International Forum on Pathways of Democratic Transitions: International Experiences, Lessons Learnt and the Road Ahead, is sponsored by UNDP and the Egyptian Government. In the first session, former president Michelle Bachelet of Chile, former president B.J Habibie of Indonesia and Mac Maharaj of the African National Congress, spoke of their experiences with transition in their countries and shared insights on their contribution, UNDP said.UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said: “Transition in each country is a unique process which must respond to the aspirations of its people. Across many transitions, however, similar questions have arisen on how to manage the pace of change, broaden political participation, determine economic models, and tackle inequalities. This gathering offers an opportunity to hear first-hand from people who have been prominent in transitions in their own countries elsewhere and gain insights from their experience.” UNDP said the participants from outside the area are discussing such topics as, “Negotiating Transition Processes: Values, Voice and New Avenues of Participation” and the “Role of Political Parties & Social Movements,” with representatives of government and civil society from Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, and Morocco. Other subjects include writing constitutions and bills of rights; moving from social movements to political parties and strengthening existing political parties; transitional governments; managing expectations of quick results; forming coalitions to foster national unity, and lessons learned from first post-transition elections, UNDP said.“The experiences of transitions in countries from other regions of the world, especially in the South, provide a reservoir of lessons to be tapped and utilized, as appropriate,” said Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States.“We hope that the dialogue we started today will be of benefit to Arab countries that are currently shaping their future.” read more

Foreign Minister briefs diplomats on political crisis

Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning.The Minister clarified the chain of events that compelled President Maithripala Sirisena to arrive at the decision to dissolve Parliament. Several country representatives present at the briefing expressed their confidence in the strength of Sri Lanka’s long standing democratic traditions in resolving this internal matter, the Foreign Ministry said.The Minister also later briefed some journalists attached to foreign media institutions. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister said in the event of a conflict between the organs of Government, seeking a mandate from people who are sovereign ensures that democracy prevails. He emphasized the constitutionality of the steps taken by President Sirisena and added that having being elected through a nation-wide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka. Minister Amunugama also made special note of the peaceful atmosphere that continues to prevail in Sri Lanka, in the midst of internal political changes. This is to the credit of the people of Sri Lanka and re-affirms the democratic traditions of the country, the Foreign Ministry said.Through the measures adopted, the Minister added, the Executive has discharged his responsibility of ensuring the security and safety of all Sri Lankans, which may have been compromised by the growing tension and the departure from parliamentary traditions. read more

New UN statistics reveal uneven global economy

The UN Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Handbook of Statistics 2003 points out that Brazil’s revenue from coffee exports declined by $1 billion between 1999 and 2001 while Slovenia took in $1 billion in tourist expenditures in 2001. “When it comes to magnitude, everything is relative,” UNCTAD says.The same $1 billion is the amount of gross domestic product (GDP) shared by 27,000 Norwegians – and by 10 million Ethiopians, according to the agency. It is the total in tariff revenues on manufactured product imports collected by Indonesia, Algeria or South Africa.A billion dollars is the amount of foreign direct investment inflows to Argentina in 2002, as well as the annual level of trade among the 15 small members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It is 0.6 per cent of the European Union’s (EU) agriculture value added or 11 per cent of the value of Africa’s total agriculture exports to the EU in 2001, UNCTAD said.One billion dollars also represents 10 per cent of the estimated value of India’s total remittances from abroad, or 10 per cent of that country’s trade deficit, according to the Handbook. read more

Former head of British Army calls for end to investigation of soldiers

Sergeant O, who faces the prospect of being prosecuted over his actions during Bloody Sunday The deaths gave the IRA a huge propaganda boost and led to dozens of young people joining their ranks.Ministers have refused to introduce a statute of limitations which would rule out prosecutions against the paratrooper – identified only as Sergeant O – and 17 other former soldiers facing possible charges over Bloody Sunday. This newspaper last week revealed how, in contrast to the current treatment of British troops who served in the province, the suspect for the IRA’s bombing of Hyde Park is living in a luxury beachfront home in Ireland, having transferred ownership to his wife after being sued over the atrocity.John Downey, who denied any responsibility, was charged in 2013 with murdering four members of the Household Cavalry after a nail bomb was detonated in Hyde Park on July 20 1982.He walked free from the Old Bailey in 2014 after it emerged he had received a so-called ‘comfort’ or ‘on the run’ letter dating back to 2007 as part of the Good Friday Agreement peace deal. Lord Bramall, the former head of the Armed Forces, has called for an end to the “macabre charade” that could see soldiers prosecuted for their actions in Northern Ireland.He said it was “absurd and unfair” that troops who took part in the events of Bloody Sunday more than four decades ago should now be facing questioning by the police.Writing in The Telegraph on Thursday Lord Bramall, who served as head of the British Army from 1979 to 1982 before becoming chief of the Defence Staff from 1982 to 1985, calls for an immediate end to the police investigations.He writes: “It is absurd and grossly unfair that 46 years after the tragic event generally known as Bloody Sunday that the Northern Ireland Police Service should still be harrying and questioning individual soldiers of the British Army, some in their 70’s and in ill health, in a desperate attempt to pin criminal charges for what happened all those years ago.“In the interests of justice, fair play and even handedness the Government must, by whatever means, put a stop at once to this macabre charade.”Lord Bramall’s call comes after The Daily Telegraph disclosed how a 76-year-old former paratrooper was interviewed under caution for attempted murder for firing his rifle and dislodging masonry which may have hit two protesters, possibly injuring them, during Bloody Sunday in 1972 in which 14 civilians were killed by British paratroopers in Londonderry. Father Edward Daly, who was later made Bishop of Derry, appealing for an end to the shootings on ‘Bloody Sunday’, 30 Jan 1972 Sergeant O was interviewed under caution in April 2016 and is still to be told whether charges will be brought.The police began a criminal investigation in 2012 after a 12-year inquiry led by Lord Saville concluded in 2010 that paratroopers had “lost control”, causing the deaths.Lord Bramall goes on to say: “Bearing in mind the time span, the shortage of reliable witnesses and the various imponderables and special circumstances of that specific area of operations at that time, it was always going to be difficult, if not impossible, to pin serious charges on a particular individual.“There certainly never had been any premeditation to target a particular individual – indeed, Lord Saville described the fire as ‘indiscriminate’. In such circumstances a soldier has only a split second to make the decision, which was often made under the most extreme circumstances and within a hostile and dangerous environment.” Father Edward Daly, who was later made Bishop of Derry, appealing for an end to the shootings on 'Bloody Sunday', 30 Jan 1972 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. Sergeant O, who faces the prospect of being prosecuted over his actions during Bloody SundayCredit:Jay Williams for The Telegraph Sir Nick Carter, the new head of the Armed Forces, last week said if veterans of the Northern Ireland conflict were not protected against “vexatious claims” it would risk “undermining our combat ethos and our fighting spirit”. read more

Jolla shows off Sailfish OS

first_imgIf you consider choice a good thing, then you’ve probably been waiting excitedly to see what the team at Jolla has planned for its Sailfish OS. Today, you can take an early look at their efforts. Jolla is promising a mobile OS that’s unlike anything else on the market, with an emphasis on personalization, multitasking, and performance.In the demo video that’s been posted, Jolla shows a lockscreen that looks a bit like a mix of BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone. A quartet of large, clean tiles dominate the display, and swipe gestures allow control over the apps they represent — for example, swiping the music app’s thumbnail reveals playback controls. In the gallery app, Sailfish allows setting wallpaper images by gently pulling down to scroll through a hidden menu at the top of the screen.Those of you who hate having to press a button to wake up your phone will love one small Sailfish feature. Like the BlackBerry PlayBook, Jolla’s demo device can be awoken with a screen gesture — a double-tap anywhere on the surface, as opposed to RIM’s slide from edge to edge.Apart from posting a teaser video that shows a brief glimpse of the OS, Jolla has also given a few members of the press a more personal look at Sailfish running on what looks like a Nokia N950. That doesn’t come as a complete surprise considering that Jolla rose from the ashes of Nokia’s MeeGo team. The N950 was Nokia’s official MeeGo developer handset and it was first shown off back in the summer of 2011. Unfortunately for MeeGo fans, it was never released to the general public.Other good news around Sailfish this morning: ST Ericsson has pledged its support for Jolla’s efforts, and the company says that many Android apps will “just work” on the new platform. The Mer Project Wiki also offers a number of handy developer downloads already, including the SDK. That includes a virtual machine image that can be run inside an app like VirtualBox, so enterprising types with a penchant for compiling and bleeding-edge software can get involved with Sailfish OS right now.More at Jolla and JollaUserslast_img read more

After 17 years of Pythonesque disasters Terry Gilliam has finally finished making

first_img Jun 10th 2017, 8:00 PM Share Tweet Email Director Terry Gilliam Source: Hubert Boesi DPA/PA ImagesAGING FILM DIRECTOR Terry Gilliam has finally finished making his film version of the epic tale Don Quixote, after 17 years battling one disaster after another.The Monty Python star suffered a series of Pythonesque calamities while trying to get the project off the ground.Like the titular hero of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic tale, however, the 76-year-old Gilliam has remained strong and steadfast in his resolve, finally finishing shooting the film last weekend.https://www.facebook.com/Terry.Gilliam/photos/a.256735074385314.62810.256730041052484/1421392574586219Gilliam, who has directed films such as Brazil and Twelve Monkeys, began his labour of love with Don Quixote back in the year 2000, having had the idea floating around since 1989.The project was beset by mishaps from the beginning.At various stages, Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Robert Duvall and John Hurt were all signed on to appear in the 17th-century adaptation.In the first aborted attempt, French actor Jean Rochefort, whose role as Quixote required riding a horse, developed back problems during shooting that put him out of action.Furthermore, setbacks in 2000 included torrential rain and constant flyovers by military jets from a nearby NATO base.Two men hired to record a “making-of” feature to accompany the film actually ended up making a documentary chronicling the difficult production with “Lost in La Mancha” telling the whole sorry story.Since then, a series of funding problems and stars disappearing from the film has been a constant theme with eight false starts in getting it off the ground.The new version features British actor Jonathan Pryce as Quixote. He starred in Gilliam’s 1985 hit Brazil, but is perhaps better known to younger viewers as the High Sparrow in the Game of Thrones television series.Also on board is US actor Adam Driver, the villain in the latest Star Wars film; and the Ukrainian-born French actress Olga Kurylenko.Last year, Gilliam told Jonathan Ross the latest funding mishap with the project: “I had this producer, a Portuguese chap, who claimed he’d get all the money together in time. And a few weeks ago, he proved that he didn’t have the money,We are still marching forward. It is not dead. I will be dead before the film is.In an interview with Spanish daily El Pais last year, Gilliam also signalled his refusal to surrender: “Shooting my version of Don Quixote is a medical obligation.It’s a brain tumour I have to eradicate.As of yet, there is no release date planned for the movie.With reporting from AFPRead: “Monty Python reunion is for real”: Terry JonesRead: Monty Python comeback show sells out in 43.5 seconds After 17 years of Pythonesque disasters, Terry Gilliam has finally finished making Don Quixote The director Brazil and Twelve Monkeys is delighted to have finally finished the epic film. 11 Comments Short URL Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 8:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3428672 By Sean Murray 20,215 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Inside the Minds of Westworld CoCreators Jonathan Nolan Lisa Joy

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Stay on target The first season of Westworld was among the best rookie seasons of television in recent memory. Co-creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy threw a stacked cast of heavyweight actors into a dense maze of riddles and secrets, all within an immersive sci-fi world where it was actually fun to hang out. The show is also one of the most complex modern depictions of artificial intelligence, but with the tech realism to feel almost believable and a scale to rival Game of Thrones—the show HBO has bet a lot of money on Westworld replacing long-term. Nolan and Joy found themselves at the Wired Business Conference in New York City this week for a panel entitled “How Storytelling Creates the Future.” The pair (who are also married) sat down with Geek.com afterward to break down the inner workings of Westworld, fan theories that turned out to be right, talk Joy’s upcoming Battlestar Galactica reboot, and shed some insight on Nolan’s original ending for Interstellar.Geek.com: The first season of Westworld was great for a lot of reasons, but the finale, in particular, felt satisfying as someone who watches too much narrative TV. It paid off most of what you’d expect and then set the stage and raised the stakes. I want to talk first about the arcs we saw come full circle.Can you take me inside Ford’s mind in the execution of his final narrative? From introducing the reveries in the first place to finally setting his creations free according to Arnold’s design. Was that always his plan? Jonathan Nolan: We get to explore a few of these questions a little more in the second season so I don’t want to say too much. But I think there’s definitely a sense that Ford has started feeling one way about these creations of theirs and began to feel some of the deep empathy for these creations of his partner in a profound and tragic way. That set in motion for him, in a long process of fits and starts, a smooth transition from thinking of them as creatures. The realization happens relatively early for him, but what he’s really wrestling with is what to do with it. Ford, beautifully portrayed by Tony Hopkins, is a character steeped in history and reading and learning. He has thought about this for a long time, and understands that humans have never had a rival, never tolerated any other species. They’ve subjugated anything, and when they encountered rivals like the Neanderthals, they don’t end up as a part of history. Ford spent a lot of time thinking about how he’ll go about…if the goal of these creatures is to survive, how does that happen?Anthony Hopkins (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)Westworld generated a lot of fan theories this season, and one of the ones that turned out to be true was William, the Man in Black, and the multiple timelines theory. That particular twist wasn’t as hard to spot as some other ones. Was it designed that way? Lisa Joy: We had always left bread crumbs throughout the season with the hope that an engaged audience can figure out the things our hosts themselves have not. They have subjective viewpoints, but as audience members you start to see a whole spectrum of things and piece them together. When we first started doing the show and critics, and studio execs saw it, nobody saw that twist coming. But what happens is you get this incredibly intense and awesome fanbase, especially on Reddit, and they’re used to looking at things. There’s a difference between fan theory and fan analysis. Fan theory is One is purely speculative, like “I hope so and so kills a dragon,” you have no way of knowing that was going to happen, versus people actually picking up the bread crumbs. That’s pure math. We had people who were doing that, which is what we wanted. The thing we didn’t foresee is how this small group would carry and get picked up by mainstream news for headlines. It’s not fan theory, it’s fan analysis, and it’s right.We could spend this entire interview talking about the actors involved, but I want to spend a moment on a few of the most transfixing performances. Can you talk a bit about what Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Anthony Hopkins bring to their respective roles, and what it was like watching them play off of each other? JN: We spent a long time developing the script and thinking about these characters. Casting is this dark art with a lot of luck. Neither Lisa nor I are the type of writer who thinks about casting at a script stage, with one exception in this script: Anthony Hopkins. Then having written the pilot we assembled our dream cast, and they all said yes. Which is rare. From Evan Rachel Wood to Thandie Newton to Anthony Hopkins to Jeffrey Wright, all of them. Especially the actors in the biggest roles, and Jeffrey kind of fits on both ends of that, who are tasked with fully embodying a character and then literally turning it off in the middle of a frame. We needed some desperately talented actors, and we were lucky enough that they said yes.LJ: They’re all amazing actors, and I think part of the reason why they’re so great in their roles. Why we totally hit the jackpot is not only are they brilliant performers, but every one of them is also a deep thinker. They think very intensely about their roles, and the implications of it, the technology of it. That’s not always the case in an actor. We worked with people who really committed to it and were so intellectually and emotionally engaged. Especially with some of their more cerebral acting, it seemed like the acting went all the way down to their eye movements.JN: It was. I remember that first day of shooting with Evan on the pilot. In casting, we had this particularly diabolical read where it involved an analysis. An actor would be playing one host, and they’d have to switch into another host’s personality. We wanted to make it clear that the roles would be difficult and see what the actors would do in the moments in between. With Evan on that first day, there’s a scene with Luke Hemsworth where she’s in standby mode and then turns on and goes straight into hyperventilating then freaking out, and then turns her emotional effect off and accent off. This is, as Evan has described it, the acting Olympics. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to work with an actor whose first take is fucking transcendent, so you just sit back and say “wow.”(John P. Johnson/HBO)The mystery and misdirection around who’s a host and who isn’t is kind of a silver bullet for you guys. It gets to the point where viewers question everyone. My friends and I were convinced Felix was a host for a while because we couldn’t believe he was consistently that stupid and naive (I guess that’s just his humanity). How do you approach using it in a gut-punching reveal like Bernard versus overusing the plot device?LJ: We were very conscious of that going into it. It won’t be a reversal if everything’s reversed; then it’d just be the new status quo. Everything in moderation and conservatively applied. For the world to have stakes, you have to be able to believe in some people and take that for granted for the switch to be meaningful. It makes sense for Jeffrey’s character to have that duality, and he’s maybe the most tragic character with that burden. It had a lot of repercussions also for people who are very, very human. Elsie’s [Shannon Woodward] character is incredibly human, I think. To be so close to someone who’s not what he presents to be…you can mine a lot of emotion against in that reveal. But yes, it’s definitely something we’re conscious of and have girded ourselves against.Shannon Woodward, Jeffrey Wright in Westworld (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)That theme is kind of funny, because the last time I remember feeling like I was questioning every character on a show was Cylon Paranoia Syndrome in Battlestar Galactica. Lisa, where are you in the writing and development process on the movie, and have you thought about that parallel of complex artificial beings with varied levels of awareness about who or what they are?LJ: We’re developing right now, I’m super excited about it. I’m working with Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, The Hunger Games series), who’s a brilliant and wonderful director, and producer Mike De Luca, who I’ve worked with before. It’s a great team, and we’re all behind doing something bold that honors the canon of the amazing shows that have come before it. But in honoring the spirit of Battlestar Galactica, it deserves some freshness to bring it to bear. I can’t say much about it right now, but I can say that it’s emotional and it deals with topics on AI that we haven’t gone near in Westworld. It’s a wholly new take on something. I was actually disinclined to do it at first because I thought it would be too similar to some of the stuff we’re doing, but then I had this realization that in the Venn diagram of AI, there was no overlap.This is a tech conference, so I’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the show’s depiction of artificial intelligence. Arnold’s maze ultimately turned into this dynamic process for creating an artificial consciousness that’s not all that different from the sorts of machine and deep learning techniques we use to train algorithms today. From a tech and also a psychological perspective, what ideas did you draw from when essentially building hosts’ brains and personalities from the ground up?JN: We spent a lot of time. I’m of two minds on research, I think it can be constraining in ways, particularly if you get stuck in too much thought about what’s reasonable, you might miss out on bigger ideas. But on this project we did do a lot of reading about this question of consciousness; artificial consciousness. We were surprised to find how little that field has changed in the last 50 years, even though our capacity to image and understand the human brain has increased by leaps and bounds. Even with computer science now approaching nervous-making levels of complexity with regards to artificial intelligence. There are no games we play where we’re no better than AI. We were surprised at how quickly AlphaGo triumphed, which I think was a seismic moment. Yet it’s largely the domain of philosophers. Scientists, for good reason and probably the elephant in the room [Skynet, basically], don’t want to go there. So we were steered back toward [Daniel] Dennet, [John] Searle, and some of the same philosophers who’ve been talking about this for 40 years, and Julian Jaynes of course, whose “Bicameral Mind” is central to Westworld and even the name of the season one finale.That breakdown of human consciousness isn’t a mainstream theory of human cognition but it’s a really interesting one. It doesn’t assume that cognition has always been thus. It doesn’t assume that we’ve always thought the same way. Jaynes’ idea was that we didn’t have an inner voice until the last three or four thousand years, which is fascinating. Imagine a primitive man who heard an inner voice and didn’t know it was their own thoughts. That theory may or may not accurately describe human cognition, but they absolutely could be used as a model to build artificial intelligence. Jaynes’ theory was that for the first hundred thousand years of sapiens, they thought that was the voice of gods.Okay Jonathan, I’ve got to ask about the original ending you wrote for Interstellar. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it was much darker than what ended up in the final film. In your ending, Cooper was cut off inside the black hole. His data makes it back, but he doesn’t. To me, that’s a much more fitting ending based on the narrative and tone of the film. What was your reasoning behind wanting to end it on that note? And how do you feel about the film concluding with that final act that wasn’t initially there?There’s a draft of the script that’s out there that was emailed and got out. You learn your lessons. It was a very intermediate draft that doesn’t represent the finished product. At that early point, I had just started working with Steven Spielberg on the project.But there was always a sense that we wanted that film—and this is true of my initial draft as well—we wanted the film to punt you into the future. In film, you’ve got a couple of hours to tell your story. The dream was always for the story to be generational and to carry you deep into the next chapter of the human story. We posited, and I’ve always embraced this, that a lot of science fiction has a very misanthropic take on humanity. I wanted to do something that said there is something positive. In terms of intelligence, we’re still the only game in town that we’re aware of. There’s a lot of ambiguity about that statement, but we’re not in conversation with anyone else. Not our own creations as in Westworld or with other beings out there. So the idea that you find something in human nature that was beautiful was essential to the project from the beginning, or that our flaws might turn out to be the things that save us.I’m not going to ask specifics about Season Two, but Lisa, you did at the end mention the name “Shogun World.” Have you decided on the name Shogun World versus Samurai World for the new park you introduced in the finale?LJ and JN: We can’t confirm or deny.last_img read more

Fake Inslee letter posted on doors around Clark County

first_imgOn Thursday morning, Gary Berreth stepped outside of his house in the Green Meadows neighborhood and found an unexpected letter attached to his front door.The letter featured the Washington state seal and claimed to be from the Office of the Governor. It warned of “an adjustment in property taxes” due to the shutdown of an oil terminal and an agreement with BNSF to prohibit the shipping of oil, lumber and coal by rail through Vancouver.At the end of the letter was a carefully scrawled signature: “Jay Inslee,” Washington’s Democratic governor. CC’d on the letter were Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick and Treasurer Doug Lasher.“I instantly knew that there is no way the government does business like this,” said Berreth, who said that he saw the same letter attached to other doors throughout his neighborhood.Fake newsBerreth was correct in assuming the letter was a hoax. In an era of growing concerns of fake news spreading online, someone (or a group of people) has taken up a more old-fashioned approach to spreading misinformation.last_img read more