I Have My Own Style

first_img“I have my own style.”This is what salespeople say when they don’t want to follow a sales process or they’re uncomfortable asking for the commitments they need.It’s true that salespeople can have different approaches. We all have different personalities and we might make different language choices. But there isn’t a style that allows you to avoid following an effective sales process or to win without asking for the commitments you need.Style vs. ProcessThere isn’t a style that allows you to violate the iron laws of selling. There isn’t a style that suggests that you don’t need to qualify your targets, spend time doing discovery work, building consensus around your solution, or anything else that might be codified in your sales process.We sometimes don’t think we need to do things, and sometimes we do have to operate outside the boundaries of our process. But these aren’t style decisions. These are decisions that thoughtful salespeople and sales managers make when they know the rules. Because they know the rules, they can make thoughtful decisions about when and how to break them.There isn’t an effective sales process called “winging it.” That’s not a style; it’s a mistake.Point: Sales ProcessCommitment Gaining vs. ProcessYou know there is no such thing as a style that allows you to avoid asking for the commitments you need. You might be uncomfortable asking for those commitments, and it’s quite possible you might not have done the value creating necessary to deserve those commitments, but it’s not a style.Selling effectively is in part moving from commitment to commitment. Missing commitments is how you end up with a pipeline full of stalled opportunities. You have your own personality. You use your own language. But avoiding commitment gaining isn’t a style.There is no style of selling that allows you to succeed without asking for and gaining commitments. That’s a lack of confidence that’s most likely due to a lack of value creation. When you create a lot of value, you feel like you deserve commitments—because you do.Point: Commitment GainingYour style may be amped up and passionate. It might be low key. It might be ultra-professional and consultative. But it isn’t winging it and it isn’t avoiding asking for commitments.QuestionsWhat are you referring to when you talk about your sales style?Is the root of your style really the avoidance of something crucial to successful selling?Why do some salespeople avoid following an effective sales process? How does this harm their results?What commitments do some salespeople struggle to ask for and obtain commitments? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Hasina offers chadar at Ajmer

first_imgBangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid obeisance at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti here and offered a chadar (shawl) at the grave of the 12th century Sufi saint.Ms. Hasina was accompanied by five Bangladesh Ministers in the 26-member delegation. She was received by the officials of the dargah’s Anjuman Committee (management committee). She offered prayers for 15 minutes at the shrine and stayed there for about an hour. Ms. Hasina offered namaz near Jannati Gate and also recited a fatiha (prayer) for the Sufi saint.Welcome addressKhadim Kalimuddeen Chisti gave “tabarrukh” and a scarf to the Bangladesh PM. The Anjuman committee gave a welcome address in her honour. She made a brief halt at the Circuit House, had tea and flew out of the city by noon. Among those who accompanied Ms. Hasina were Minister for Liberation War Affairs A.K.M. Mozammel Haque, Minister of Water Resources Anisul Islam Mahmud and Minister of Law Anisul Haq. She had earlier visited the shrine on January 13, 2010 with her family.last_img read more

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CWC takes possession of motherless twins in Odisha

first_imgThe Child Welfare Committee of Odisha’s Koraput district had to take possession of motherless newborn twin girls on Wednesday after their father and grandparents shrugged off any their responsibility towards them.According to District Child Protection Officer of Koraput, Rajashree Das, the twins were handed over to Missionaries of Charity centre in Koraput town for care and safekeeping.“We will again try to contact and counsel the father and grandparents to accept them. If they do not agree, then they will be asked to officially surrender the girls to the CWC,” said Ms. Das.The DCPO felt poverty and lack of capacity to look after the newborns may be the reason behind the father and grandparents deserting the girls. Parents of the newborns were poor residents of Karibeda village. On November 23, their mother had travelled in an auto-rickshaw to Pottangi for delivery. But she died on the way after delivering twins. The newborns were shifted to a hospital in Koraput, but their father and grandparents deserted them. After the condition of the girls improved, the hospital decided to discharge them.last_img read more

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The simple math that explains why you may (or may not) get cancer

first_imgWhy? That’s the first word on many lips after a cancer diagnosis. “It’s a perfectly reasonable question,” says Bert Vogelstein, a cancer geneticist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who has spent a lifetime trying to answer it. Thanks to his friendship with a recently minted Ph.D. in applied mathematics, the two now propose a framework arguing that most cancer cases are the result of biological bad luck.In a paper this week in Science, Vogelstein and Cristian Tomasetti, who joined the biostatistics department at Hopkins in 2013, put forth a mathematical formula to explain the genesis of cancer. Here’s how it works: Take the number of cells in an organ, identify what percentage of them are long-lived stem cells, and determine how many times the stem cells divide. With every division, there’s a risk of a cancer-causing mutation in a daughter cell. Thus, Tomasetti and Vogelstein reasoned, the tissues that host the greatest number of stem cell divisions are those most vulnerable to cancer. When Tomasetti crunched the numbers and compared them with actual cancer statistics, he concluded that this theory explained two-thirds of all cancers.“Using the mathematics of evolution, you can really develop an engineerlike understanding of the disease,” says Martin Nowak, who studies mathematics and biology at Harvard University and has worked with Tomasetti and Vogelstein. “It’s a baseline risk of being an animal that has cells that need to divide.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The idea emerged during one of the pair’s weekly brainstorming sessions in Vogelstein’s office. They returned to an age-old question: How much of cancer is driven by environmental factors, and how much by genetics? To solve that, Tomasetti reasoned, “I first need to understand how much is by chance and take that out of the picture.”By “chance” Tomasetti meant the roll of the dice that each cell division represents, leaving aside the influence of deleterious genes or environmental factors such as smoking or exposure to radiation. He was most interested in stem cells because they endure—meaning that a mutation in a stem cell is more likely to cause problems than a mutation in a cell that dies more quickly.Tomasetti searched the literature to find the numbers he needed, such as the size of the stem cell “compartment” in each tissue. Plotting the total number of stem cell divisions over a lifetime against the lifetime risk of cancer in 31 different organs revealed a correlation. As the number of divisions rose, so did risk.Colon cancer, for example, is far more common than cancer of the duodenum, the first stretch of the small intestine. This is true even in those who carry a mutated gene that puts their entire intestine at risk. Tomasetti found that there are about 1012 stem cell divisions in the colon over a lifetime, compared with 1010 in the duodenum. Mice, by contrast, have more stem cell divisions in their small intestine—and more cancers—than in their colon.The line between mutations and cancer isn’t necessarily direct. “It may not just be whether a mutation occurs,” says Bruce Ponder, a longtime cancer researcher at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. “There may be other factors in the tissue that determine whether the mutation is retained” and whether it triggers a malignancy.That said, the theory remains “an extremely attractive idea,” says Hans Clevers, a stem cell and cancer biologist at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Still, he points out, the result “hinges entirely on how good the input data are.”Tomasetti was aware that some of the published data may not be correct. In 10,000 runs of his model, he skewed where various points on the graph were plotted. Always, “the result was still significant,” he says, suggesting the big picture holds even if some of the data points do not. In mathematical jargon, the graph showed a correlation of 0.81. (A correlation of 1 means that by knowing the variable on the x-axis—in this case, the lifetime number of stem cell divisions—one can predict the y-axis value 100% of the time.) Squaring that 0.81 gives 0.65—an indicator of how much of the variation in cancer risk in a tissue is explained by variation in stem cell divisions (see graph above).For Vogelstein, one major message is that cancer often cannot be prevented, and more resources should be funneled into catching it in its infancy. “These cancers are going to keep on coming,” he says.Douglas Lowy, a deputy director of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, agrees, but also stresses that a great deal of “cancer is preventable” and efforts to avert the disease must continue.Although the randomness of cancer might be frightening, those in the field see a positive side, too. The new framework stresses that “the average cancer patient … is just unlucky,” Clevers says. “It helps cancer patients to know” that the disease is not their fault.last_img read more

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NBA: Several Hawks players ‘screamed in jubilation’ after Howard trade—report

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Dwight Howard (8). APDwight Howard did not have a stellar season with his hometown Atlanta Hawks last year, but still managed to put up respectable averages of 13 points to go along with 12 boards and a block per game.Still, it comes as a surprise for most that the 31-year-old center was shipped off to the Charlotte Hornets this summer, after just one season with the team.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Villanueva starts and ends PBA career with ‘father figure’ Guiao as coach View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’ ESPN’s Zach Lowe recently bared the possible reason behind Howard’s departure: the big man wasn’t really well liked inside the locker room.During an airing of the Lowe Post podcast featuring fellow NBA journalist Kevin Arnovitz, the pair shared a story of how some of the Hawks players screamed in delight after knowing that the eight-time All-Star was traded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t know what it is. No one has kind of gotten to the bottom of why. It can’t just be the corny jokes—and my god, does he tell the corniest jokes—but I’ve heard multiple stories of Hawks players learning about the trade and screaming with jubilation into their phones,” Lowe said.Aside from Howard’s personality, one particular quality didn’t help his case with his teammates either. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You ask why, and one account was that Dwight would give these speeches before the game about how everyone is playing hard, we want unity, we’re going to… and then go out and play like a blah game where he demands post touches and doesn’t rotate as hard as he could,” Lowe explained.“And everyone is like, ‘why are you speaking in the locker room?’ But that’s all anecdotal. It’s just crazy how these stories come out after every stop in his career.”Howard’s fall from grace since leaving the Orlando Magic in 2012 has long been documented, often butting heads with teammates and coaches during his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.Howard also struggled with playing time with the Hawks last year, often getting benched in the fourth quarter due to his inability to stretch the floor and shoot free throws at a high rate.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

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Without physiotherapist, India’s archers stretchwd to their limits in London

first_imgIn the absence of an accredited physiotherapist, India’s archers are feeling the heat in London. They are forced to do stretching and other exercises on the sidewalks outside Lord’s, the competition venue.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has cleared only three physiotherapists for the contingent of 81 athletes. Only the hockey and boxing squads have been given their own physiotherapists besides one for the rest of the players. The archery competition begins on July 27, even before the opening ceremony.The archers, who arrived at the Games Village on Monday, wanted Mittal Champions Trust (MCT) physiotherapist Patrick Kenny to be with the team. Kenny has not got accreditation from the IOA, which has said that Kenny will get daily passes for the Village, but that does not allow him access to the training and competition venues.The six-member archery team, thus, is left with no option but to do their stretching and cooling off on the sidewalks outside Lord’s. Manisha Malhotra, administrator with MCT, who reached London on Saturday, said the athletes supported by them had requested IOA to give Kenny an accreditation.”Almost 10 athletes – archers, wrestlers, shooters – had requested IOA to give him accreditation because he has been working with them. But he has not got any badge and has no access to the venue,” Manisha told Mail Today. “Kenny is working with them on the sidewalks. This is not the way to treat your medal prospects. In any case, what is the point of passes to the Village when he cannot enter the competition venue?”advertisementTwo-time Olympian Dola Banerjee, whose brother Rahul is in the team, said the team needs a physio. “With the sport gaining profile, a physio is required. There are no extra personnel with the archery team. What if there is some problem during the competition?” she told Mail Today.IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that they have tried their best to accommodate all the requests.”We have to follow the international norms. The number of support staff has to be half the number of athletes. There are six archers and we have cleared three coaches and one manager for the team.” There was no physiotherapist cleared for the grapplers as well. The Wrestling Federation of India has now written to IOA that they want Arvinder Pal Singh in London. The badminton team will be taking physio Kiran Challagundla at the federation’s cost.last_img read more

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Controversies follow Bhagwan Rajneesh and his followers even in Antelope, Oregon

first_imgAlmost three years after the self-styled Bhagwan Rajneesh and his free-wheeling followers quit India, the controversies that have haunted them constantly still continue to dog their footsteps, even in the scrubby desert hills of Rajneeshpuram, Oregon.But if Rajneesh’s chief aide, Ma Anand Sheela, 33, is to be believed when she,Almost three years after the self-styled Bhagwan Rajneesh and his free-wheeling followers quit India, the controversies that have haunted them constantly still continue to dog their footsteps, even in the scrubby desert hills of Rajneeshpuram, Oregon.But if Rajneesh’s chief aide, Ma Anand Sheela, 33, is to be believed when she drawls: “We love publicity – good or bad”, the Rajneesh Foundation International (RFI) shouldn’t worry. Right now they are getting all the publicity they could possibly want – most of it bad.The foundation’s propensity for generating negative waves surfaced almost immediately after Rajneesh, his fleet of 27 Rolls Royces and 800 of his saffron-draped acolytes halted their travelling commune in the tiny town of Antelope (population: 100) and virtually took it over. The initial resistance was only token.The small group of around 40 elderly and outraged Antelope citizens had little chance against the tightly-controlled and aggressively acquisitive sanyasins, as they prefer to be called. Using the commune as a base, RFI systematically bought up all the commercial property in Antelope and moved some of the sanyasins into the town – just enough to give them a voting majority.Sheela and Rajneesh entering the immigration office with attorneys: Dogged by controversyTheir strategy was obvious. Come election time in Antelope, last November, and the sanyasins steam-rolled over the local candidates, putting five of their members on the city council while their candidate for mayor, Ma Prem Karuna, was elected virtually unopposed.The events that marked the prelude to the elections clearly showed that the RFI was determined to stay on the top ten news charts. When they arrived at their 64,229-acre “Rancho Rajneesh” outside Antelope in July 1981, they professed to be merely a “friendly farming community”.advertisementBut Sheela’s claim that “we are here to build consciousness and not a city” was rapidly belied. Flamboyantly proclaiming their capitalism with a fleet of Rolls Royces and bumper stickers which said: “Jesus Saves, Moses Invests and Bhagwan Spends”, a head-on collision with the sleepy, conservative Oregon community was but inevitable.Losing Battle: The Antelopians, heavily outnumbered and outgunned, took resort to every possible legal defence to try and stem the saffron tide but it was a losing battle. Prolonged and bitter court battles ended, most of which were won by the sanyasins.Finally a large number of the original residents packed up and left, some, like Viola Wilson, selling their property to the interlopers. Those who remain, intend to keep a safe distance. Says Mona Reynolds, former city recorder for the council: “You have to live here to really understand what we’re faced with.”They flamboyantly proclaimed their capitalism with a fleet of Rolls Royces and bumper stickers which said: “Jesus Saves, Moses Invests, and Bhagwan Spends.”The face of Antelope is now painted in the saffron that is Rajneesh’s hallmark and a cafe called “Zorba The Buddha” dominates the tiny stripof houses. Quips Reynolds: “Everytime you look out of the window yousee red.” But that also signifies the constant state of war that existsbetween the local community and the Godman’s followers.SaysFrancis Dickson: “There is no coexisting with them, no getting along.”Lately, however, the hostility level seems to have dropped a fewnotches. Admits Don Smith, who stood for mayor opposite Karuna: “Theycall us rednecks and naive and maybe there has been somenarrow-mindedness on our part.” The result is that the battle is now confined to the odd skirmishlike the one over the community church which the sanyasins, typically,want to acquire for a meditation centre.But even so, the Antelopiansstill sport constant reminders that the battle is not over in the formof buttons stating: “Keep Oregon Green” and “Better Dead than Red” while signboards defiantly proclaim: “This is Jesus Country.”They have successfully, managed to launder their image as sex-drug cultists. They still have “encounter groups” and as Sheela says in reply to a question: “Sex? Sure, we have lots of it”But there are others who are fairly impressed with the businesslikemanner in which the sanyasins have developed Rajneeshpuram despite acourt battle over its validity. In May 1982. the 800-odd sanyasinsunanimously voted to incorporate about 2,100 acres of the ranch as acity to be called Rajneeshpuram.The move was promptly challenged in the court of appeals by a land-use watchdog group called “1000Friends of Oregon”. Says Attorney Mark Greenfield: “We feel thatRajneeshpuram is not the place to create a new city.”Theirresistance is fuelled by fears that the arid and hilly scrub land wouldnot have enough water to support the city’s projected population of4,000. But the major apprehension is that the RFI is building an urbanempire on their land under an agricultural guise. These fears are notunfounded.advertisementThe Rajneesh Investment Corporation, which handles the RFI’s myriad business dealings, owns all the land that the city standson. If RFI loses the case filed by “1000 Friends of Oregon”, the courtcould declare the city unlawful and dissolve the organisational citystructure which includes a mayor, Swami Krishna Deva, and a citycouncil.The saffron-robed settlers are well aware that their move into Antelope has been a major public relations fiasco. But it was acalculated risk, with ulterior motives. The state of Oregon has specific zoning laws which prohibit agricultural land being used for commercialpurposes.So when the commune was set up on the largelyagricultural “Rancho Rajneesh”, there remained an urgent need to acquire an urban base for the Rajneesh Foundation’s vast business enterprises.”We feel that Rajneeshpuram is not the place to create a new city.”Mark Greenfield, attorney, 1000 Friends of OregonModel City: The pace with which the sanyasins are rapidly developing Rajneeshpuramindicates that they are supremely confident of getting a favourablejudgement. Mayor Deva has presented a comprehensive 20-year plan to theLand Conservation and Development Department (LC&D) which envisions a model self-sufficient community growing in harmony with theenvironment.Whether that will actually materialise remains to be seen but it is impossible to dispute the amazing achievements of the800-odd sanyasins till now. They have turned the over-grazed low-graderanch slopes into a flourishing farm and in the process won over localbusinessmen and county officials. Says Bob Rindy of the LC&D: “It is impressive how quickly and well a group of people can build.”In18 months, the sanyasins have blasted roads out of rock, built a lakeand dam in a desert, planted exotic trees, set up solar greenhouses and a dairy, constructed prefabricated houses and installed communicationsystems and utilities. Says Ma Prem Sunshine, the commune’s spokeswoman: “One must have an intense passion to build a community before one canlive here.”That passion is reflected in the cheerful commitmentthat the work groups display during their 12-hours-a-day seven days aweek labour of love, living in groups in makeshift trailer homes, eating at a common dining hall and doubling up as cooks, constructionengineers or accountants without any hierarchical hassles.”One must have an intense passion to build a community before one can live here.”Ma Prem Sunshine, Spokeswoman for the communePredictably, outsiders and Antelope residents hint darkly at a core group thatorchestrates the activity from the shadows. Sheela, as ranch mother andRFI president is undoubtedly the boss but apart from that the informallaid-back atmosphere makes it difficult to identify any type ofhierarchichal structure. Says Don Smith: “The majority of themyou never get to see unless they are pulled out for a demonstration.”They have also successfully managed to launder their image as sex-drugcultists. They still have “encounter groups” and as Sheela says in reply to a question: “Sex? Sure, we have lots of it,” but adding that thesheer physical involvement in building the ranch leaves little time orenergy for much else.advertisementDrugs are taboo on the ranch and alcohol intake is limited. Up frontthey appear to be a healthy and intelligent lot, a majority of themAmericans and Europeans from obviously affluent backgrounds.Indian Followers: Despite its deep-rooted Indian connection, there are only about 15Indians currently on the ranch. One of them is Divyagandha who arrivedrecently from India to join her American sanyasin husband. She says that the ranch reminds her of Mount Abu and she is perfectly happy with hermundane job in the video library and canteen.”I cannot expressin words what Bhagwan has done for me,” she says simply. Most ofRajneesh’s Indian disciples are still at the Pune ashram which is stillin operation, though the controversies and curiosity value has departedwith the foreigners. Those who can afford to, fly out to Oregon for theyearly Guru Purnima festival celebrated each July at the ranch.But inevitably, Rancho Rajneesh is no different from the Pune ashram as far as local hostility and suspicion is concerned, and it is not justconfined to Antelope. Says Joan Precora, who works at a car rentalagency in Portland: “You don’t wear orange or red in Oregon. Peopleimmediately think you are a Rajneeshite.”Sanyasins awaiting the daily darshan (top), Rajneesh on an afternoon drive and Zorba The Buddha cafe in AntelopeAttorney Mark Faust,host of a popular local TV talk show feels that most Oregonians areconvinced that they are weirdos. “People are frightened by thestrangeness of their religion,” he remarks. The waves have even reachedas far as the US Senate. The Rajneeshpuram newspaper Rajneesh Times recently printed a letter written by US Senator from Oregon, MarkHatfield to Sol West, a California millionaire and a known Republicancontributor.In the letter, Hatfield cites suggestions “about what local jurisdiction can do to slow and stop the financial enterprises of such cults”. Such revelations have only strengthened the Rajneeshees claim that they are being subjected to religious discrimination which they compare to “McCarthyism”.In a recent statement, they claimed that they have been “unjustly and unfairly branded as a dangerous cult by bigoted and fearful politicians in Washington and are now suffering because of it”.Rapid Expansion: Suspicions regarding the group’s activities have focussed on the rapid economic expansion undertaken by them. Having invested $40 million (Rs 40 crore) on the ranch last year, the group is now setting up several business enterprises. Rajneesh Investment Corporation (capital assets valued at $30 million or Rs 30 crore) a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RFI, has recently purchased a hotel, a nightclub and a bakery in Portland.All this has put the RFI under close official scrutiny. Says Ma Prem Isabel: “We are under a big magnifying glass. The INS (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) and the Internal Revenue Service are looking at us with much more care.” Economic expansion is not the only issue worrying Oregonians, but political expansion as well.Many Oregonians are firmly convinced that the group’s intentions are to gradually take over the entire state. Says State Representative Ted Calouri: “There is a lot of concern about their perceived tactics – taking over a city and political system, showing that by spending money one can do what one wants to ….””The commune’s inter-government is creative and well within the law.”Mike Mc Craden, state representative”People are frightened by the strangeness of their religion.”Mark Faust, host of local TV showAnd the Rajneeshees are showing every intention of doing just that. Already they have made political forays outside Antelope and are trying for seats on the council of a city called, ironically enough. Madras. Says Rick Allen, a gas station owner in Madras who does good business with the group: “They are a friendly lot but I cannot understand why they want a seat on the city council.”The Rajneeshees are evidently expanding their political influence with at least one objective in mind – to try and stave off the prospect of Rajneesh being deported from America under immigration rules (see box). Meanwhile, they are rapidly increasing their numbers (Sheela claims they receive between 30 and 50 applications a day).So far, the Rajneeshees have displayed considerable spunk and staying power in fighting the odds against them and there are definite signs that they are now being treated with far more respect and sympathy than when they first arrived. Says State Representative Mike McCraden: “The commune’s inter-government is creative and well within the law. They are exercising their constitutional rights.”And more and more people are coming round to Faust’s view that: “As far as I’m concerned, if they have a city and it’s legal and they practise their religion, so what? That’s America.”IMMIGRATION: STAYING POWERA pro-Rajneesh demonstration in Oregon: show of unityIN addition to the many controversies generated by the Rajneeshees, they are now faced by the threat of deportation that hangs over the raison d’etre of their religion, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.Last fortnight, Owen Panner, a US district judge, dismissed the Acharya’s complaint seeking intervention against the US Government’s efforts to deport him. The judge ruled that court intervention at this stage would be premature as no administrative decision has yet been taken.The fracas dates back to December 11, 1982, when the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS) denied two petitions from the Bhagwan’s attorneys, one for a visa in the religious worker category, the other for an adjustment of his visa status from visitor to immigrant. Bhagwan’s attorneys appealed the decisions, claiming that no reasons were given for their denial.The INS, admitting a ‘procedural error’, reopened the cases and allowed the attorneys to file a rebuttal. Fearing, however, that matters might still be taken out of their hands, Bhagwan’s lawyer, Swami Prem Niren, filed an action in the federal district court, claiming that the officials of the INS had acted “illegally and unconstitutionally”. The federal court has still to decide whether it has jurisdiction over a case in which the INS has yet to take a decision. Meanwhile, further action by the INS has been stayed and the deportation halted.Unpopular: The case received wide publicity and has since taken on emotional overtones, especially in Oregon. If public sentiment was the only judge, the silent guru would already have been out of the country. As it is, the INS is walking the tightrope between accusations of according special privileges to Rajneesh, and religious discrimination against him.Says Niren: “We do demand that Bhagwan be given his rights and that decisions be made on whatever criteria the law provides, not based on personal attitudes of the people who make those decisions.”To him, some of the INS explanations make little or no sense. On the one hand, they claim that Bhagwan lied about his health when he obtained a tourist visa for medical treatment in this country in June 1981; on the other, they say he is too ill to work. Again, they say that he does not qualify as a religious leader because of his self-imposed silence – a silence that has now lasted two years.Niren: Spirited defenceConcludes Niren in cautious legalese: “It is true that the system is geared towards traditional and established western religion. If Jesus had come in when he was alive, with his little band of fishermen, he might have had a hard time satisfying the INS requirements.”Can the INS define what behaviour characterises a spiritual leader? It can hardly be denied that Rajneesh has inspired many, however unusual it may be. Mark Faust, believes that “the INS may be influenced a little by public opinion”. But the sanyasins think it is more than that. Sheela, the only official spokeswoman for the Bhagwan, flung accusations at US Senator Mark Hatfield, and other politicians.The Rajneesh Times, Rajneeshpuram’s weekly newspaper, carried a photocopy of a letter written by the senator to a Republican fund-raiser showing concern over Rajneeshee activities. The senator had said that the INS is “pursuing carefully an investigation of irregularities”.Adverse Reaction: Meanwhile Don Smith, a former Antelope resident openly admitted working with the INS and hopes for Bhagwan’s deportation. Local newspapers have carried anonymous letters that urge a write-in campaign for the denial of his visa. The Jewish Federation Council and Board of Rabbis in California have urged the INS to deny a petition of permanent residency status to the leader of a “cult with a history of antisemitism”.As for the INS, its officials are not convinced that Bhagwan came to the US strictly for medical treatment. Sheela retorts: “The man had been told that he had but a few months to live.” Rajneesh’s illnesses are listed as severe allergies, Juvenile diabetes, and an intervertebral disc.Dismissing rumours about his sudden departure from India, she ruled out the INS notion that Bhagwan had intended to emigrate: “He is such a spontaneous person, he could not take such a decision so far ahead of time.” According to her, the only things that convinced him to seek residency were “the tears in my eyes and the love from his disciples”.The INS is, however, sceptical. Their statement provided to the attorneys, says: “In conclusion, it must be determined that at the time the applicant received his visitor’s visa from the American consul, he had the preconceived intent to seek permanent residence upon his arrival in the United States.”The Rajneeshees have not been able to explain why so much money and preparation went into Rancho Rajneesh prior to Rajneesh’s arrival and why some sanyasins had left India before he did.The INS will dwell on this question, but till then, every avenue open to the attorneys is being exploited. In a show of unified strength, Rajneesh organisations worldwide, mobilised their members to demonstrate peacefully against the INS.Mystique: How is the Acharya himself affected by the uncertainty of his future? Says Sheela: “At this point it makes no difference to him at all.” There is no way of penetrating the mystique built around the man but Niren mentioned that in his interview with INS officials, the Bhagwan broke his vow of silence to say that he had no desire to remain here other than to be with the sanyasins who have asked him to stay on.The sanyasins do not, however, see much of their master. Bhagwan lives in a beautifully landscaped house, which has been provided with an indoor swimming pool. His mother, Ma Saraswati Jain, lives nearby. Also in the US for medical treatment, she too has an appeal pending with the INS for permanent residency.According to Sheela, Bhagwan has a leisurely routine, driving, sitting or swimming for a few hours, besides conversing with her for some time. “In these sessions,” she says, “he discusses the problems of meditation and growth of his disciples. He is least interested in business.” Yet he is often present to inaugurate a new road or a power station on the ranch. “He is proud that his disciples are so creative,” says Sheela.Elusive Pressure: The disciples claim to be ever grateful for Bhagwan’s presence among them. The only time they see him, however, is when he drives out each afternoon in one of the 27 Rolls Royces provided by them. They leave their work aside and line up along the dusty roads, a blazing red trail of silent devotees with folded hands and serene faces.The older residents of Antelope and other locals catching an occasional glimpse of him in his fancy cars hope that the eccentric foreigner will soon be gone, along with his sanyasins. Says Don Smith: “I think that once Rajneesh goes, the ranch will deteriorate.”This is wishful thinking indeed. With over $40 million (Rs 40 crore) invested in Rancho Rajneesh, its residents are not going to leave, whatever be the outcome of the immigration case. Ever practical, Ma Prem Sunshine, spokeswoman for the commune, said: “If he left or died, it would not effect whether we live in Oregon or not. It is beautiful, though, for Bhagwan to see people manifesting his vision of life. Jesus was not so lucky.”last_img read more

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June Mar Fajardo close to 6th PBA Best Player award

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva (34.9) and TNT’s Roger Pogoy (34.7) round out the top five.In the stats race for Rookie of the Year, Columbian’s top pick CJ Perez is leading the pack with 28.7 average statistical points while NorthPort’s Robert Bolick and Rain or Shine’s Javee Mocon tied in second with 23.6.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines–Very much at the peak of his powers, there just simply no slowing June Mar Fajardo down.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals02:42PH 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 Fajardo, the reigning five-time PBA MVP, is on his way to yet another Best Player of the Conference award as he is head and shoulders above the rest in the statistical race.The 29-year-old Fajardo is currently averaging 42.2 statistical points with NorthPort due Sean Anthony (37.1) and Stanley Pringle (36.0) his closest rivals.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, logisticsFajardo, who already holds the record with the most number of BPC plums, is tipped to win his sixth consecutive BPC award.The San Miguel Beer center, however, still has far more important things to think about than another individual accolade with his Beermen set to face the TNT KaTropa in a do-or-die Game 3 on Wednesday night for a spot in the 2019 Philippine Cup semifinals. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Kemba Walker, Hornets keep playoff push going Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Donaire scores KO win for WBSS finals

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was tough coming up with a game plan against Stephon, but I saw him throwing the straight, so I kept timing my hook,” Donaire told philboxing.com.Donaire will face either Naoya Inoue or Emmanuel Rodriguez, who will fight in the other WBSS bantam semis on May 18.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 champion in the WBSS will take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy and a reported $10,000 cash prize. —MARC ANTHONY REYES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kaya gives rude welcome Filipino Nonito Donaire Jr. decks Stephon Young with a left hook in the sixth round of their World Boxing Super Series semifinal. Donaire retained his WBA (Super) bantamweight belt and advanced to the WBSS final. Photo from World Boxing Super Series Twitter accountFour-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. scored a sixth-round knockout win over Stephon Young on Sunday to retain the WBA bantamweight title and barge into the finals of the World Boxing Super Series at Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana.The 36-year-old Donaire caught Young with a vicious left hook that ended the bout in the sixth round, giving the Filipino the spectacular knockout victory fans haven’t seen from him in many years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Tite under pressure after goalless draw with Venezuela

first_imgIn the 71st minute, Tite finally brought on a forward, left winger Everton. His sharp dribbles and passes were trouble for the Venezuelan defense, but they didn’t lead to any goals.Brazil, however, did have two goals reversed by video review because of offside calls, one by Gabriel Jesus early in the second half and another by Philippe Coutinho near the end of the match.“We tried from the start. It was a tough game, on a tough field that was very dry,” said Coutinho, who scored two in the opener. “But there is no excuse. We need to work toward the next match.”Tuesday’s match marked the first time Brazil has failed to score at home since the third-place match of the 2014 World Cup, which ended in a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands.The criticism of Tite’s conservativism is not new. When he lost Neymar to a right ankle injury shortly before the Copa America, many expected him to bring in a player like Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior or Tottenham forward Lucas Moura. Instead, the Brazil coach went with Chelsea forward Willian.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “The fans want to translate the superiority into goals. (Boos) are understandable,” Tite said. “We had a lot of possession, but we were not effective.”Tite has struggled to make his substitutions work, and the match against Venezuela at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador was no exception.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, logisticsNeeding a goal to win the game and secure a spot in the knockout stage, Tite brought on defensive midfielder Fernandinho for defensive midfielder Casemiro in the 57th minute — a like-for-like change at the back when something was needed up front.“What?” gasped TV Globo commentator Galvao Bueno when the change was made. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Zion’s time: Williamson the center of attention at NBA draft Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Brazil’s coach Tite gives instructions to his players during a Copa America Group A soccer match against Venezuela at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)RIO DE JANEIRO — After a dismal performance in a 0-0 draw against Venezuela, the blame is falling squarely on the shoulders of Brazil coach Tite.The hosts were booed in their opening Copa America match, but still pulled off a 3-0 win over Bolivia. They were booed again on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img MOST READ Tite has faced criticism about his game management since the team’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in last year’s World Cup quarterfinals, when he admittedly took too long to make a key substitution.Paulinho, ineffective in that match, was only replaced by Renato Augusto in the 73rd minute. The substitute scored Brazil’s lone goal three minutes later and almost scored an equalizer.Brazilian soccer confederation president Rogerio Caboclo has already promised that Tite will remain on the job until the 2022 World Cup no matter what happens in the South American competition.Whether that holds true remains to be seen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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PSL: F2 Logistics goes 3-0, clobbers Foton

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The Tornadoes, who also have one of the strongest lineups in the league, failed to get the right combinations as they suffered their second straight defeat for a 1-2 card.F2 Logistics opened up with a devastating first set anchored one four kill-blocks and four aces, putting Foton the defensive all match long despite the presence of league superstars Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Kevin Ferrer, NorthPort rout import-less Blackwater MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—F2 Logistics unleashed the full might of its formidable bench to defeat Foton, 25-9, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16, and stay unbeaten Saturday in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Imus City Sports Complex.Kalei Mau, Aby Marano and Ara Galang took turns in piling up the points for the Cargo Movers, who remained on top of the heap with a 3-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

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How to travel the world for free? The answer is here!

first_imgSo you are struggling with your budgets and still have this dream to travel the world and collect moments. What if we tell you that it is quite possible? What if we say that you can actually travel the world for free, or with just a pocketful of nickels and dimes? Read on to find out.House swappingYou know exactly what we are talking about if you’ve watched the movie Holiday where the two protagonists swap their houses located in two different parts of the world. And yes, the house swapping trend took off after this movie.Couch surfingCouch surfing is one of the best ways to travel for free around the world. It is basically a website that connects with local hosts while you’re travelling to stay at their homes for free. The best part of this social platform is that you get to experience an area with a local. Also, the site lets you see the profiles and reviews of the hosts from their previous guests.Get enrolled in a work exchange programmeWork exchange programme is one of the best ways to travel the world for free. It is a little different than volunteering because you exchange your time and energy for food and lodging with a host rather than spending money for the occasion.Become an English teacherEnglish is a widely spoken language and being proficient in the language has its own benefit and the best is getting to travel the world for free. The demand for English teachers is very high all across the globe, particularly in the middle-eastern and the south-east Asian countries.Volunteer work at a foreign countryadvertisementVolunteering is a noble way to travel the world for free, one because it is for a cause and also it takes you overseas. These volunteer organisations may help you out with room and board and occasionally with travel expenses.You can be an instructorIf you are an expert in a sporting activity like rock climbing, surfing, scuba diving, mountain biking, skiing, etc., you can take a job abroad teaching other people the skills.Cycle across the globeIf you are crazy enough, then do this! Take up a challenge to go globetrotting on a bicycle. Every now and then you can find an itchy feet  taking up challenges to cross borders in the most unconventional manner possible, which of course are also amazing ways to travel the world for free.last_img read more

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Kings XI Punjab choose Dharamsala as second home venue

first_imgIPL franchise Kings XI Punjab has picked Dharamsala as its second home venue to host three matches next month after the games were moved out of Nagpur following a Bombay High Court order.“We are happy to announce that Kings XI Punjab will be playing our three home games in Dharamsala. We are grateful and thankful to the HPCA for their support in helping us make this transition seamless at such short notice,” the franchise said in a statement.Thirteen IPL matches in Maharashtra were shifted out after Bombay High Court’s order owing to the severe water crisis in the state.As per the court order, no matches will be held in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur after April 30 due to the drought conditions.Because of this, Mumbai Indians have chosen Jaipur as their ‘home’ venue, while Rising Pune Supergiants have picked Visakhapatnam as alternate base.Bangalore will to host the final of the event on May 29. Court bouncer for IPL sponsors and brands × SHARE SHARE EMAIL HC allows BCCI to hold May 1 IPL match in Pune April 21, 2016 COMMENT SHARE View of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) cricket ground in the picturesque backdrop of snow clad Dhauladhar mountain peaks at Dharamsala. File Photo   –  The Hindu View of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) cricket ground in the picturesque backdrop of snow clad Dhauladhar mountain peaks at Dharamsala. File Photo   –  The Hindu Bengaluru to host IPL final; Pune, Mumbai given home options Published on IPL 2016 RELATED cricket Three matches to be played after games were moved out of Nagpur following a Bombay High Court order. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Mintspiration: Throw a DIY Grown Up Pizza Party

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

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10 Steps to a Cheaper Easter

first_imgMy birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Technology has transformed the way we dine out in groups. Gone are the days when friends take turns treating each other to nights on the town. Now that apps make money accessible everywhere, tabs are paid down to the cent… Full Story,Occupation: Copywriter Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 29 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck (BiWeekly): $2,100/mo after HSA and 401(k) removed Monthly Expenses: Rent: $462.50 Car lease: $300 Insurances: $85 All other expenses Utilities: $200/mo Pet supplies: $30/mo Phone: $50/mo Streaming services: $15/mo… Full Story,Occupation: Digital advertising Age: 30 Location: San Francisco Bay Area Income: $5,200 month net post 401K, health insurance / HSA, and taxes Total Debt: $0 Monthly Expenses: Rent and utilities: $1,800 Auto: $275 including car insurance Internet/mobile: $120 10:00 am:… Full Story,The holidays are time for family. Here are some fun ideas from our friends at Quotacy on how to make the most of this holiday season with your loved ones, with a bit of humor. ?   With the rise… Full Story,Occupation: Social Media Manager Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 26 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck: $2,500/month after health/vision insurance deductions Monthly Expenses Rent: $700 Car Insurance: $65 Renters Insurance: $16 Utilities: $75 (Internet, Electric, Gas) Dental Insurance (not through work): $15 Hulu:… Full Story,On November 30th, The Financial Diet is kicking off their nationwide book tour for The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide To Getting Good With Money in New York.  Join us when the tour hits your city and don’t forget… Full Story,Occupation: Data Analyst Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 31 Location: Menlo Park, CA Paycheck (BiWeekly): $1,700 after auto-savings, 401k, ESPP purchase, renters & auto insurance and health care removed I have everything removed automatically as I have trouble with in-the-moment spending…. Full Story,Occupation: Account Services & Freelance Writer Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 39 Location: Longmont, CO Paycheck (3): $4,700/mo includes salary and three freelance clients (side hustles) Monthly Expenses Rent: $900 Car loan: $275 Credit card payment: $450 All other expenses… Full Story,If you’re still in college or a recent grad working with a limited budget, the idea of implementing a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming and very expensive. If you aren’t careful, you might find yourself shelling out lots of cash… Full Storylast_img read more

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Watersheds Lost Up to 22% of Their Forests in 14 Years. Here’s How it Affects Your Water Supply

first_imgWho Can Use GFW Water?GFW Water allows anyone with internet access, regardless of expertise, to visualize critical watershed information and threats, and screen for cost-effective, sustainable natural infrastructure solutions. For example:Downstream utilities, municipalities, businesses and others who make infrastructure investments can identify risks and explore natural infrastructure options and find information to improve operations and protect water at a lower cost. Finance and development institutions can gather data, explore trends and gain insights about the regions they support to develop a pipeline of investable opportunities to enhance water security and bolster economic development. Researchers and civil society can use data to support their projects and find the information needed to advance their research and campaigns to protect watersheds. Global Forest Watch (GFW) Water, a global mapping tool and database launched today, examines how forest loss, fires, unsustainable land use and other threats to natural infrastructure affect water security throughout the world. GFW Water provides data sets, statistics and risk scores for all of the world’s 230 watersheds, areas of land where all of the water drains to a common outlet such as a river. Users can drop a pin anywhere to learn about the risks to the water supply near them, and find resources on how investing in natural infrastructure protection can help alleviate these threats.Findings from GFW Water reveal some of the watersheds most threatened by forest loss, fires and erosions:Recent Forest Loss in Sumatra, Indonesia WatershedAs forests are cut down or converted to other land uses, their ability to regulate flow and purify water diminishes, putting communities at risk of flood, drought, higher water treatment costs and greater incidence of drinking water contamination.The watershed of Sumatra, Indonesia experienced the most  forest loss from 2000-2014, losing more than 22 percent of its forest cover (8 million hectares, or an area about the size of South Carolina). Research shows that agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure extension as a result of expanding global markets for pulp, timber and oil palm are among the major drivers. Forest clearing in the region has intensified floods, landslides, fires and water pollution. Natural infrastructure approaches can mitigate and prevent further damage in watersheds like Sumatra.  Establishing conservation zones, engaging in agroforestry and other sustainable forestry practices and regulating road development can help.Historical Forest Loss in Krishna, India WatershedForest loss that took place decades ago—prior to 2000— also leads to changes in water flow, higher sediment levels and more, and the impacts are often more uncertain compared to recent forest loss. According to GFW Water, watersheds lost more than half of their forests prior to 2000. The watershed of Krishna, India was once covered by forests, but fewer than 3 percent of these trees remain today as a result of urbanization and cropland expansion. Communities in the area suffer from frequent droughts and floods, as well as high levels of water pollution from agricultural runoff. Sedimentation is a recurring challenge to reservoirs and dams.Planting new seedlings in deforested areas, enhancing natural forest generation, and integrating trees with crops and ranchlands could help watersheds like Krishna.Erosion in the Philippines WatershedErosion is a significant problem that affects both water quality and quantity. High erosion deteriorates water quality and reduces reservoir capacity, increasing the cost of water treatment and the risk of contamination. High erosion risk is usually linked to erodible soil, intense rainfall, steep topography and conversion of forest and other natural lands to pasture, cropland and more. The Philippines watershed faces some of the highest erosion rates as a result of highly erodible soil, a long and intense rainy season, mountainous landscapes and expansive agriculture. The region frequently suffers from landslides. In 2006, following days of heavy rain, a massive mudslide occurred in the province of Southern Leyte, causing widespread damage and loss of life.Planting or maintaining vegetation along roads and waterways to capture sediments and pollutants; creating barriers on steep slopes to slow soil movement; and reducing the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other agricultural products entering waterways can help watersheds threatened with erosion.Fires in Angola, Coast WatershedFires are a common disturbance in some forests, damaging both watersheds and communities nearby. High intensity or large fires can increase agricultural runoff, cause erosion and kill trees, all of which can negatively impact water quality and flow. Drought in Sao Paulo. Flooding in the Himalayas. And pollution in Sumatra. These three distinct water crises have a common cause—degradation in forests.That’s because upstream forests, wetlands and other “natural infrastructure” play a critical role in supplying clean water downstream. They stabilize soil and reduce erosion, regulate water flow to mitigate floods and droughts, and purify water. Yet the world’s watersheds lost 6 percent of their tree cover on average from 2000-2014, putting citizens at risk of losing their water supplies. In the watershed of Angola, Coast, NASA satellites detected more than 130,000 fire occurrences annually for the past 10 years. Over the past 24 hours alone, there were 267 fire alerts (data retrieved on August 29, 2016). This is a common occurrence in western Africa as farmers often use fire to fertilize soil and clear the field of unwanted vegetation.In areas like western Africa where fires are deliberately set to manage land, alternative solutions such as growing crops in between woody plants can help prevent unwanted vegetation while bringing other benefits like improved crop production and erosion control. In regions like California where dense forests fuel catastrophic wildfire, mechanical forest thinning and controlled burns can reduce wildfire severity and related sediment and ash pollution.In the face of growing water challenges, we need cost-effective, sustainable solutions. Sometimes investing in nature is the best way to solve complex problems.To learn more about the methodology behind GFW Water, please refer to Global Forest Watch Water Metadata Document.last_img read more

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World Cup shock and awe: Russia aren’t that bad

first_imgMoscow, June 20 (AFP) – Russia can afford to dream. The host nation defied critics and confounded expectations by easing past Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday, all but assuring their place in the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time since the Soviet era. The free-scoring Russians — who have now struck eight times in just two matches — have lifted the home fans, who in turn have inspired the men in red on the pitch, for so long under-achievers at the highest level. “Can you believe it?” Moscow’s Sport Express newspaper asked. “We waited a very long time for this,” said Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov. They certainly have. Russia’s football team have been the poor relations of the nation’s ice hockey sides and Olympic legends, whose victories have long been a source of huge national pride. President Vladimir Putin said that he expected Russia to lift the golden World Cup trophy when he helped secure the hosting rights in 2010. But he arguably had to say that. He was being wildly optimistic but the players gave the fans precious little reason for hope as the World Cup approached — coming into the tournament as the lowest-ranked nation, down at 70th in the world. Russia were winless in seven games ahead of their opener, with almost their entire defence out with injuries. They had managed just one shot on target in their last two warm-ups and were getting whistled off the pitch by frustrated supporters. The nation was preparing for the worst by the time the World Cup kicked off last week but instead Russia ripped up the form book and performed a miracle.advertisement They put five goals past Saudi Arabia, with two-goal Denis Cheryshev emerging as an instant star, before limiting Egypt’s star forward Mohamed Salah to just one goal from a penalty kick in their second game on Tuesday to stand on the brink of qualification. Fans who had been pleasantly surprised after the performance against Saudi Arabia are now starting to believe, wondering how far this group of players can go. – ‘Our best boys’ – =================== The importance of Russian teams’ successes can often be measured by the number of accolades they receive from powerful politicians. The gushing words of encouragement and support for coach Stanislav Cherchesov and his charges were coming thick and fast after their victory against Egypt. The government-run RIA Novosti news agency called the team “23 happy brothers”. A grinning Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev posted a photo on Facebook of him watching the Egypt game with his Belarussian counterpart Andrei Kobyakov. “Victory!” he wrote. Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko — the former sports minister who still oversees football in an unofficial capacity — said the squad was full of patriots. “These are our best boys,” said Mutko. “This matters to them. They love their country. They understand that this is the World Cup.” Russia still have one more group match left to play, against two-time World Cup champions Uruguay in Samara on Monday. Yet they know they have pretty much sealed their passage out of Group A and are set to play in the knockout stage for the first time since 1986. Once there, they can expect a last-16 date with either Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal or Spain, one of the favourites for the tournament. Few dare to look ahead much further because victory against either would be a shock and a monumental success. But the players are riding the crest of a wave and aim to keep doing what they are doing, which is working a treat. “I don’t know why everything is clicking for me at this tournament,” said Cheryshev, who tops the goalscoring charts alongside Ronaldo with three goals. “We just need to think about the next game and be calm about the whole thing.” (AFP) ATATlast_img read more

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Which Channels Drive the Best Landing Page Conversion Rates? [New Data]

first_img Originally published Aug 7, 2014 6:00:00 AM, updated October 30 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack If you’re a marketer, you are no doubt wondering where the best place to find potential leads and customers is. After figuring out which channels drive the most results for your company, it’s much easier for you to prioritize your team’s activities. You should always look in your own analytics to find out which channels are converting best for your business, but sometimes, it’s helpful to get some industry benchmarks to see how your success stacks up. Using customer data from our product, Privy, we’ve put together the following post to give you a little insight into which sources deliver the best landing page conversion rate. Overall, our landing page template for customers has converted 32.1% of all visitors. This means, roughly 1 out of every 3 people who land on a Privy-hosted landing page enters their email address. (Below’s an example of what this landing page typically looks like.) The traffic that takes consumers to those pages varied greatly — and so does the conversion rates of those sources.The best-converting source across our system was a marketing survey. At the end of a survey, some of our clients put a landing page link for a promotion to thank survey respondents for their time. A whopping 85% of people who went to the landing page from a survey entered their name and email address.The worst-converting source across our system were desktop banner ads. Many of our clients run geo-targeted banner ad campaigns that include promotions such as “Buy One Get One Free.” Overall, banner ad placements converted at 7%.Below are all of channels we measured:Some of these results are as expected, others were shocking. Perhaps the biggest surprise of these findings is that Facebook Boosted Posts strongly outperform Facebook organic shares. At 46.7%, Facebook Boosted Posts have been an effective source of high quality traffic to a landing page. Facebook shares, on the other hand, have enjoyed a conversion rate of roughly 11.6%. Interestingly, Facebook boosted posts have outperformed all other Facebook formats (ads, organic posts, shared posts) in landing page conversion, too. We were not at all surprised to see that a brand’s website converts more highly than many other sources. Our data suggests that consumers that come to a business’s website are much more interested in that business than if they came from other sources. We believe this is because people now understand that they can go to websites to get actual information from a business … thus, when they go to website for that information, they’re much more likely to fill out a landing page form to get it. The same goes for people who have just completed a survey. Ultimately, if someone is going to spend time to fill out a form and give you information on their opinions and beliefs, they are going to take advantage of a promotion that is presented to them after the fact … we weren’t surprised that more than 4 out of 5 people converted on a landing page after taking a survey.Overall, our big takeaway is that sources that require a consumer to perform some action of interest, like go to a website or fill out a survey, will generally yield consumers who will be more likely to convert. Paid ads, on the other hand, interject an offer into someone’s activity, so the consumer isn’t already thinking about your brand. When people have a lower intent to interact with your company, they are less likely to convert.Do your landing page conversion rates results mirror this data? Which channel’s conversion rate is most surprising? Conversion Rate Optimization Topics:last_img read more

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OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple variant could be in works

first_imgOnePlus 6T is finally official after a long wait. OnePlus has launched the OnePlus 6T in India for a starting price of Rs 37,999. The smartphone is available in two colours — Mirror Black and Midnight Black in India and globally. But, a new report now claims that OnePlus could be working on a new Thunder Purple variant of the 6T with gradient finish on the back. It is worth noting that OnePlus is yet to confirm this bit of information.To recall, OnePlus applied the same strategy for its last two flagships — the OnePlus 6 and the OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 6 was first launched in Mirror and Midnight black, but later introduced the Silk White and Red colour variant. OnePlus also launched the Avengers Edition of the OnePlus 6. For the OnePlus 5T, the company soon after the official India launch introduced a special Star Wars Edition.According to leakster Ishan Aggarwal, OnePlus is currently working on a Thunder Purple variant of the 6T. He posted a picture of the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple model and the phone has been picturised with gradient finish on the back. Overall, the specs of the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple variant is expected to sport the same specs and features like the Mirror Black and Midnight black model. The only difference will be on the RAM and storage department. The OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple variant will reportedly come with 8GB RAM and 128GB, and will be available in only one variant, as it goes for all OnePlus’ special edition phones.advertisementAs also noted earlier, OnePlus is yet to confirm the coming of Thunder Purple variant of the OnePlus 6T. For the specs, the phone will sport the same 6.41-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 86 per cent. The phone is powered by the same hardware found inside the OnePlus 6. OnePlus 6T comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. On the software front, the phone runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box and comes packed with a much bigger battery of 37000mah battery.The key highlight of the 6T is that unlike the OnePlus 6, the 6T includes the fingerprint sensor inside the display instead of on the back cover. OnePlus has also ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is why the phone comes bundled with a Type-C bullets earphones. On the camera front, the phone comes with a dual camera setup on the back with a primary sensor of 16MP and secondary sensor of 20MP. On the front, the OnePlus 6T comes with a 16MP selfie shooter. OnePlus has included some new camera modes on the OnePlus 6T camera including Night Scape, Studio Lighting model, and more.ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T review: Perfect to a TThe OnePlus 6T has been launched in three models in India. The base model of the OnePlus 6T comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage model for Rs 37,999. The second model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and has been price Rs 41,999. Lastly, the top end model of the OnePlus 6T comes packed with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and is selling for a price tag of Rs 45,999.last_img read more

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10 Inspiring TED Talks That’ll Boost Your Self-Confidence

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Confidence Some days, you just feel … blah.It happens to all of us. It can be short-term, like when we’re exhausted or bored, or we’re embarking on a new project but have no idea where to start. Other times, it’s a little more long-term, like when we feel like we’re tapped out of good ideas, or stuck in our careers.Where should you go from there?In times like these, we all have our own coping mechanisms. But if what you need is some words of wisdom and a little motivation, check out the 10 TED talks below. We’ve curated some of the best TED talks for when you’re feeling down and out, stuck, unmotivated, or generally in need of a confidence boost. Check ’em out, and bookmark them for when you need a little encouragement. They could be just what you needed.Click here to download leadership lessons from HubSpot founder, Dharmesh Shah.10 Inspiring TED Talks That’ll Boost Your Self-Confidence1) “Success, Failure, & the Drive to Keep Creating” by Elizabeth GilbertLength: 7 min. 14 sec.Before she authored the book Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert was an “unpublished young diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And even after she published the book and it became a huge success, she found herself identifying strongly with her former self — and feeling the urge to quit the fame game and move to the country to raise corgis.In this TED talk, Gilbert reflects on the strange and unlikely psychological connection between how we experience great failure and how we experience great success. She then offers simple (though hard) advice for making sure your creativity survives its own success. 2) “The Power of Believing You Can Improve” by Carol DweckLength: 10 min. 20 sec.Carol Dweck starts her talk off with a short but powerful story about a high school in Chicago where students didn’t receive failing grades. Instead, they received the grade “Not Yet.” The grade implies that not passing the course doesn’t mean you’re going nowhere, but rather you’re on a learning curve.Dweck uses this story to frame the rest of her TED talk, where she talks about her research on “growth mindset” — the idea that we can actually grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. She talks about two different ways to approach a problem that’s just a little too hard for you to solve: Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet?3) “How to Live Passionately — No Matter Your Age” by Isabel AllendeLength: 8 min. 16 sec.I’m a long-time fan of Isabel Allende, author of (among other wonderful books) The House of Spirits. She’s 71 years old, but says she’s still 17. Hey, why let society decide when you’re old?In her TED talk, she talks about how we all experience age differently. She talks about her fears as she gets older, and shares how she plans to keep living passionately. Through aging, she says she’s gained freedom — mainly, the freedom from having to prove things to people anymore.”My body may be falling apart, but my brain is not, yet,” she says. “I love my brain. I feel lighter. I don’t carry grudges, ambition, vanity, none of the deadly sins that are not even worth the trouble. It’s great to let go. And I should have started sooner. “4) “How to Build Your Creative Confidence” by David KelleyLength: 11 min. 29 sec.When have you, or others in your life, opted out of being creative? Many organizations divided people into categories: Either you’re a “creative,” or you’re not. But designer and educator David Kelley suggests that creativity is not limited to a chosen few.In this TED talk, Kelley tells really interesting, touching stories from his legendary design career and his own life, and offers ways to build the confidence to create. He believes that when people gain this confidence, they start working on the things that are really important in their lives — and come up with more interesting ideas.5) “The Day I Stood Up Alone” by Boniface MwangiLength: 7 min. 20 sec.(Warning: NSFW. There are graphic images in this video.)Boniface Mwangi is a photographer whose job was to document the horrific violence in his home country of Kenya — and watched as his government kept it silent. Finally, he made a plan to protest against the corruption: During a large public meeting where the Kenyan president was speaking, he and a few friends would stand up and heckle the president to get his attention.But his friends never showed. “I was scared, but I knew very well that that particular day, I had to make a decision. Was I able to live as a coward, like everyone else, or was I going to make a stand?”He says what he decided to do in that moment showed him who he truly was. As he says, “There are two most powerful days in your life. The day you are born, and the day you discover why.”6) “How I Beat Stage Fright” by Joe KowanLength: 8 min. 3 sec.Humans are fearful for a reason. It served us well as a species for thousands of years so we wouldn’t be killed off by predators. But, as Joe Kowan explains, it’s a little less wonderful when that same, visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at an open mic night.Kowan used to just write songs, but at some point, that wasn’t enough anymore. He had all these stories and ideas he wanted to share with people, but his stage fright was keeping him from doing it. The week of his 30th birthday, he decided to put that fear behind him, a process he describes in this talk.7) “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” by Amy CuddyLength: 20 min. 55 sec.Body language can have profound effects on how others see us. We make sweeping judgments and inferences from body language, and those judgments can predict really meaningful life outcomes — like whom we hire or promote, whom we ask out on a date, and so on. But, even more importantly, body language can affect how we see ourselves.Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research on body language proves that we can actually change other people’s perceptions of us (and even our own body chemistry) simply by changing body positions. In this TED talk, Cuddy specifically talks about how “power posing” — i.e., standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisone levels in the brain. If we do it for even two minutes at a time, it can have profound positive impacts on how we feel and whether we succeed.8) “The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life” by Jane McGonigalLength: 19 min. 23 sec.Now here’s a wild story: Two years prior to giving this TED talk, game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a severe concussion and became bedridden and suicidal. Suicidal ideation is common following traumatic brain injuries, and hers became so bad that she began to fear for her life. At one point — and she says she’ll never forget this moment — she said to herself, “I’m either going to kill myself, or I’m going to turn this into a game.”That was her ticket to getting better: turning it into a game. She dove into scientific research and created the healing game she called SuperBetter. In this moving talk, she explains how a game like hers can help boost resilience. (And she promises watching the talk will add 7 1/2 minutes to your life.)9) “Where Does Creativity Hide?” by Amy TanLength: 22 min. 42 sec.Where does creativity come from? Are some people born with it? Is creativity a function of some other neurological quirk, like psychosis or depression? Are some people equipped with certain skills that enable creativity, like artistic ability? Or is creativity developed mostly through experience?You may know Amy Tan as the author of The Joy Luck Club, or one of her other well known books. In this TED talk, she dives into her own creative process and stories of her life that could lend a clue to where it comes from. She reminds us that, in our moments of doubt, even if there is an answer, there is uncertainty in everything — and that’s a good thing. In fact, that space where the uncertainty is can be the birthplace of creativity: She finds that by filling those holes with her own imagining, she can find particles of truth and discover new possibilities she’d never considered before.10) “The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get” by Susan ColantuonoLength: 13 min. 57 sec.Some people, Susan Colantuono included, believe that leadership manifests at every level of management. There’s a tremendous number of awesome leaders in middle management, and many of them are women. But for Colantuono, this raises the question: Why are there so many women stuck in the middle — even when they’re doing everything right at work and taking all the right advice?In this TED talk, Colantuono shares a simple and surprising piece of advice. The talk’s aimed primarily at women, but there are universal takeaways in here for men, too, as well as for new graduates and mid-career workers.Which TED talks would you add to this list? Share with us in the comments. Topics: Originally published May 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more

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