Not Competitors. Same Board.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Last week, Seth Godin taught me something about competition. Some part of me already knew what I learned, but the words he used to describe the concept provided me with greater clarity. He said, “Two teachers don’t compete. They just occupy the same board.”Not Real CompetitionYou don’t compete with your irrational competitor, the one who wins on price alone. You just happen to be on the same board. The prospective clients who resonate with the idea that the only real value is lowest price are not your prospective clients, and they most certainly aren’t your dream clients. Those prospects live in the bottom left corner of the board, where lowest price and transactional relationships reside.You irrational competitor doesn’t compete with you either. They cannot create enough value to deserve a higher price. Their value proposition is not designed to attract or retain clients who want high trust, high caring, and high value. You create compelling, differentiated value worth paying for, and it places you somewhere in the top right quadrant. You are higher price and greater outcomes.Your Place on the BoardHere is the thing about your place on the board.Your real competitors share your quadrant. They are also operating a customer intimacy strategy (see The Discipline of Market Leaders), competing to deliver the best overall value by way of creating strategic outcomes, value worth paying more to obtain. Your real competition is likely very good at what they do and very tough competition.You are irrational when you decide to try to compete against your real competitors by adopting the approach of the quadrant caddy-corner to yours, the lower left quadrant.Your irrational competitor isn’t irrational when they compete in their quadrant. In fact, they are quite rational to pursue and compete for those who don’t recognize a need for greater outcomes or who believe that lowest price is the only real value. They are only irrational when they try to compete in the upper right quadrant.“But wait,” you say. “Sometimes our irrational competitor beats us for a prospective client that really wants the greater value we create.” There are a few things that may be true here: 1) You are mistaken, and the prospect belongs somewhere else on the board, 2) The prospect is mistaken and will soon learn the error of their way, or 3) You failed at helping your prospect understand where they are on the board and the difference in quadrants.Pick up Seth’s new book (and one of my top two of his 19 books), This Is Marketing:You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See.last_img read more

Cincinnati Open: Garbine Muguruza powers into round of 16

first_imgGarbine Muguruza got her final U.S. Open tune-up event off to a flying start as the Wimbledon champion stormed by Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2, 6-0 to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday.Second seed Simona Halep overcame an early deficit to beat American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-1 and also reach the third round, while Venus Williams beat Alison Riske 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the second.French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was upset 6-4, 6-2 in the first round by unseeded Serbian Aleksandra Krunic and Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded 10th, was another to suffer an early exit, losing 6-4, 6-4 to German Julia Gorges.Spanish fourth seed Muguruza, fresh off a quarter-finals loss to eventual winner Elina Svitolina at Toronto last week, needed only 65 minutes to earn the straight sets win over Haddad Maia and book her spot in the round of 16.After trading breaks with Haddad Maia over the course of the first four games, Muguruza found another gear and went on to win the final 10 games of the match.”I felt like a lot of games were super tight. She’s super tall, big serve with big shots. It was a strange result, because the match was pretty good,” said world number six Muguruza.”I feel like yesterday I was playing on the grass, and now I’m here. I’m happy to be in the third round here.”Muguruza now awaits the winner of Wednesday’s clash between American 16th seed Madison Keys and Russian Daria Kasatkina.advertisementRomanian Halep, the 2015 Cincinnati runner-up, fell behind early but reeled off four consecutive games, including two love service holds, to clinch the opening set and remained in control the rest of the way.Halep will next face Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, who earlier rallied to beat China’s Peng Shuai 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.Williams was aggressive from the start and only got better as the match went on, stepping in and finishing rallies at the net.Fashion-conscious Williams’ biggest struggle on the court may have been with her jewellery after her hoop earring fell off at one point and later got tangled with her necklace.The win set up a second round match-up against Australian Ashleigh Barty, who beat American Varvara Lepchenko earlier on Tuesday.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal gets engaged to girlfriend Mery Perello

first_img India Today Web Desk MallorcaJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 16:51 IST Rafael Nadal has been engaged to his girlfriend of 14 years Mery Perello (@ATP_Tour Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal has been engaged to his long-term girlfriend Mery PerelloNadal and Perello had been courting for fourteen years and got engaged in 2018Nadal had proposed to Mery back in May if 2018 while on a romantic trip to RomeSpanish Tennis star Rafael Nadal has gotten engaged to his long-term girlfriend, Mery Perello, who he has been courting for 14 years. The couple plan to get married in Mallorca in autumn this year.According to a report in a celebrity news magazine called ‘Hello!’, Nadal had proposed to Mery, who is also known as Xisca, back in May if 2018 while on a romantic trip to Rome. The couple had managed to keep the news of the engagement quite for the last eight months.Mery, whose birth name is Maria Francisca Perello, is a 30-year-old insurance worker and business graduate, accordint to a report in Daily Mail. Mery, the report also adds, as a project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, a charity Nadal founded ten years ago.In a previous interview with Hello!, Nadal had spoken about his love for children and wanting to start a family.”Obviously, I have the intention of forming a family. I love children and I would like my children to do what they like.” Mery too in an interview to The Telegraph back in 2011, spoke about her relationship with Nadal, saying why they were not seen together despite courting for fourteen years.”Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me,” she said.”He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me.”And then he would have to be worrying about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along,” she added.advertisementAlso Read | Novak Djokovic was fantastic in the Australian Open final: Rafael NadalAlso Read | Andy Murray undergoes hip surgery again: Hopefully this will be the end of my painFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Rafa NadalFollow Mery Perello Next Rafael Nadal gets engaged to girlfriend Mery PerelloRafael Nadal has been engaged to his long-term girlfriend Mery Perello, after courting for eight years. The couple plan to get married in Mallorca in autumn this yearadvertisementlast_img read more

You voted for Narendra Modi Ktaka CM snaps at locals on camera

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday lost his cool when employees of the Yermarus Thermal Power Station (YTPS) in Raichur district blocked his convoy to submit a list of their grievances.Kumaraswamy, who was in Raichur for his “Grama Vastavya” (village stay) programme, shouted at a group of workers who approached him over their demands, including unfulfilled ‘promise’ of jobs given when their land was taken over for the power project. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”You voted for Narendra Modi and want me to get your works done! You want me to give you respect. Should I baton-charge you? Leave the place,” he told the YTPS employees, leaving onlookers shocked. The chief minister then left the place. His conduct drew condemnation from the BJP with state party chief B S Yeddyurappa saying shouting at people who wanted to meet the chief minister was against democracy. Later, Kumaraswamy told a television channel that he had sought 15 days time to address the workers’ grievances but they blocked the road which made him angry. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahHe asked if the Prime Minister’s convoy was blocked would anyone accept it. “This government is tolerant, but it is not incapable and knows how to deal with situations”, said the 59-year-old chief minister. Addressing the people of Karegudda village later, Kumaraswamy said he would exercise caution in future if the words he uttered were treated as a crime. He said chanting Modis name will not serve the purpose because “your voice will not reach Delhi”. It is only me who has to listen and rectify things. People should not forget the responsibility reposed on me,” the chief minister said. Taking a dig at the BJP, he said if required he will arrange a special train from the state government funds for Yeddyurappa and his party colleagues to meet Modi in Delhi and get the works done by the Centre. Kumaraswamy will spend the night at a government higher primary school in Karegudda under Manvi Taluk of the district as part of his village stay programme. This is the chief minister’s second such stay, the first was in Chandaraki village in Yadgiri district last week. Meanwhile, the Karnataka BJP condemned the chief minister’s outburst and threatened to stage state-wide agitations if Kumaraswamy did not apologise to the masses. Condemning KUmaraswamy for his outburst, Yeddyurappa said the purppose of the village stay programme was to listen to the grievances of the people. “Threatening people who walked several kilometres to meet you that they will be baton charged is against the democracy. The CM is losing is cool, may be because of his terrible rout in the Lok Sabha elections, he told reporters in Shivamogga. Former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda said some forces were putting obstacles in the village stay programme of his son and the chief minister.last_img read more

Battery fires The potential danger hiding in your kitchen junk drawer

first_imgAfter putting up Christmas decorations this year, Damien Morris had some extra batteries left over and did what many people do — tossed them in a drawer for future use.The loose batteries sparked a fire that could have destroyed his Charlottetown, P.E.I., home.Morris said he had no idea batteries could pose such a danger, and he is sharing his story to warn others — with experts saying such fires are more common than most Canadians realize.Health Canada says it received more than 100 consumer reports over the last year involving batteries — everything from overheating to starting fires.“Any type of battery could potentially be a problem,” said Andrew Hulan, a product safety officer with Health Canada.“The type of battery, when it does fail, that we tend to see more issues with is lithium-ion batteries. It just happens to be that the material with which a lithium-ion battery is constructed is reactive to the air. If that battery is breached, it fails in almost an explosive manner,” he said.  In July, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services issued warnings after two fires were blamed on lithium-ion batteries.One of the fires, that left a brother and sister homeless in St. John’s, was blamed on batteries in a radio-controlled toy car.Luckily, Morris’ Nov. 18 fire scare in Charlottetown wasn’t as tragic.“At 2:30 in the morning we heard our smoke detectors going off. I got up and got the kids. My wife got up and said ‘I smell something weird’,” Morris said.They went downstairs to discover the main floor of the home full of smoke, with the worst of the smoke in the kitchen, where it was billowing from a kitchen drawer.“I opened the drawer and it all went in flames. I shut it quick. I grabbed the drawer and got my wife to open the patio door and I threw it outside,” Morris said. “The fire damage wasn’t so bad. It was mostly smoke damage.”Morris said emergency crews arrived and the fire marshal determined that the ‘C’ and ‘D’ size batteries he had stored in the drawer had started the fire.  “The two male ends of the batteries connected, creating heat energy and caught the combustible dish towels on fire,” he said.  Raynald Marchand, general manager of the Canada Safety Council, warns problems can often occur when charging batteries near fabric and other combustibles.“It’s important that when you recharge the rechargeable batteries that you do it in a safe area so that they don’t overheat, and preferably recharge them when you’re home,” he said. “Computers which have large batteries are often recharged while on a couch or on a bed and they can produce quite a bit of heat while they are being recharged.”He said lithium-ion batteries are of particular concern because they pack a lot of power and the contacts or terminals are often along one side.“If you take a battery for a laptop or camera, all the terminals are on one side, so if those terminals are set against, say, a wet towel, or something else it is more problematic,” Marchand said. Hulan said the main cause of problems is people not following the instructions that come with the batteries, particularly when it comes to charging them.“Batteries are designed to be charged at a specific current and voltage. If you use a charger that is not rated to your battery then you increase the likelihood of overheating and damage to that battery,” Hulan said.  Both Marchand and Hulan say batteries need to be stored properly in their original container, or other non-conductive packaging to prevent them from being shorted.And they say spent batteries should be taken to a proper recycling centre and never tossed in the garbage or in a fire.Hulan also warns against improper storage of the small, “button” style batteries common in watches, greeting cards, and some toys and LED lights.He said Health Canada has investigated a number of cases where young children have gotten the small batteries and swallowed them.“That battery can actually burn through their oesophagus, their windpipe or stomach, and that leads to very serious and potentially fatal injuries,” he said.Hulan said anyone experiencing a battery issue they believe poses a hazard should report it to Health Canada.Morris said he’s just glad he was home when the fire started — or their house could have been destroyed.He says with the holiday season upon us, and an increase in battery use, he hopes more people heed the warnings about battery safety.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Support 2015 Miles For Melanoma 5k RunWalk

first_imgThe Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) today announced the fourth annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot, May 3, 2015.All proceeds from the event go to accelerating the MRF’s mission of advancing research, education and advocacy for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.This family-friendly event has raised almost $800,000 for melanoma prevention, early detection and research efforts! Participants experience a fun day exploring some of their favorite movie sets while raising awareness and critically-needed melanoma research funding.“Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, takes someone’s life every hour of every day,” said Tim Turnham, Executive Director of the MRF. “More work must be done to educate people about the prevention and early detection of this cancer. During the Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot, melanoma patients, caregivers, advocates and families will convene to raise awareness and critically-needed funding for melanoma research, education and advocacy efforts.”Celebrity friends of the Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot include Judd Apatow, Sean Astin, Jason Bateman, Jason Biggs, Vin Diesel, Soleil Moon Frye, Jason George, Tyrese Gibson, Ashley Hinshaw, Rob Lowe, Jeannie Mai, Kellie Martin, Leslie Mann, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Fred Savage and Molly Sims.Participants in the 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios’ Backlot will experience many of the iconic movie scenes and sets that populate the Universal Studios Backlot including Jaws, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Bruce Almighty, Spiderman 2, the War of the Worlds plane crash and the village of Whoville, just to name a few. Attendees will get sun safety tips and free samples from street fair-type booths and popular food trucks will be on site with refreshments. Qualified medical professionals will be available to provide interested participants with free skin screenings.This year’s event is sponsored by Amgen, Novartis and Bella Skin Institute.Register now for the 2015 Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk!last_img read more

Jodhpur Park murder case: 2 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Two persons have been arrested in connection with the elderly lady’s murder in Jodhpur Park. The accused persons are the caretaker and the gardener of the building where 74-year-old victim Shyamali Ghosh used to reside.On Saturday, Kalyan Mukhopadhyay, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South East Division (SED) of Kolkata Police, informed that Ghosh had suspected that she might get killed. She had also written some names in her diary that helped sleuths crack the case. According to Mukherjee, Ghosh was at her home on Tuesday morning when caretaker Swapan Mondal and gardener Sanjib Das went to her flat. As soon as she opened the door, the duo pushed her and locked the door from inside. One of them used an iron tong to hit Ghosh on her head after an altercation. As a result, Ghosh fell on the floor unconscious. Later, the duo used a piece of cloth to strangulate her. Finally, they used a pillow to smother Ghosh. After doing so, the duo waited for sometime to confirm if she was dead. After being absolutely sure, the duo went out and pulled the door. As the door lock was automatic it got locked when they pulled it from outside. While searching Ghosh’s room, the investigators found a diary where she used to write about her daily activities. While going through that, they found some names from whom Ghosh feared being harmed. Seeing the names, police detained Mondal and Das who are the residents of nearby Dasnagar area. During interrogation, both of them broke down and admitted to have committed the crime. Sources informed that they had mentioned another name who is the mastermind behind this. Sleuths suspect that the motive behind the murder is to get hold of her property. It is suspected that some family members might have a connection with her murder.last_img read more

AIDS negating improvements in governance in Africa – UN regional commission chief

Speaking at a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, ECA Executive-Secretary KY Amoako noted that some African countries were losing teachers at twice the rate at which they produced them. Health systems were collapsing as nurses died. Some national military forces had a 30 per cent to 40 per cent HIV infection rate, he added.”What does this mean for the long-term survival of African States?” he asked.A panel on HIV and governance set up by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and chaired by Mr. Amoako was examining the relationship between HIV/AIDS and African gross domestic product (GDP), savings, productivity, agricultural and private business sectors for an in-depth report due to come out in July, he said.The panel was also trying to include best practices in tackling the HIV problem.Meanwhile, the major conclusion ECA had drawn from its studies was that governance had markedly improved across the continent, as illustrated by democratic transitions, the role of the media and the public participation of civil society, but unless Africans could build the capacity of the state to sustain many areas of government, there could be a reversal of the governance agenda, he said.The 17-member Commission for Africa, convened by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was making a big push to strengthen African institutions by improving the role of parliaments and the judiciary, as well as service delivery and public sector management, said Mr. Amoako, one of the Blair commissioners.The ECA and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) would issue a report in June assessing the coherence of aid flows and how donors and recipients handled that aid, he said.Mr. Amoako noted that 2005 was a pivotal year for Africa since countries would estimate this year how far they had gone towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) designed to halve extreme poverty by 2015. read more

US stock indexes finish mixed on day ecommerce giant Alibaba debuts

US stock indexes finish mixed on day e-commerce giant Alibaba debuts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2014 2:14 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes are ending mixed on a day when the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba made its big debut in the market.The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 13 points, or 0.1 per cent, to close at 17,279 Friday, the third straight day the blue-chip index closed at an all-time high. The Dow is up 1.7 per cent for the week.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell less than one point, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,010, but finished the week up 1.3 per cent.The Nasdaq ended down 13 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,579.Alibaba soared 38 per cent on its first day of trading. The Chinese e-commerce giant rose $25.89 to close at $93.89. read more

Backbench TDs to meet the Troika for the first time today

first_imgA GROUP OF backbench TDs will meet officials from the Troika today – the first time anyone outside the cabinet or heads of the opposition has had such a meeting.The group, which will be led by Fine Gael’s Dara Murphy, will meet Troika officials in the Department of Finance in a move that heralds a change of procedure for the Troika – in their last visit to Ireland.Fine Gael’s Sean Conlan and Tony Lawlor will also be in attendance, as will Labour’s Kevin Humphreys and Arthur Spring.Murphy said the meeting was of importance because it ensured another set of voices would be heard.“It is important that ordinary representatives from the country’s two largest political parties have an opportunity to meet with Troika officials, to express our views and reflect our democratic mandate. Our discussions will focus around our exit from the bailout and the conditions which would be attached to any cautionary credit line. I am also keen to hear the views of the Troika on what Ireland can learn from the bailout process.“As this is the last Troika mission before the conclusion of the bailout, it is important that we garner advice on how to ensure we never have to enter a programme of assistance again.”Troika officials will conclude their 12th and final visit to Ireland this week.Read: Troika to make their last review visit to Dublin todayRead: Taoiseach expects decision on post-bailout credit facility before December exitlast_img read more

Poll Was the Garda Commissioner right to order officers to report for

first_img Image: Niall Carson GARDA COMMISSIONER NÓIRÍN O’Sullivan issued a directive yesterday, ordering all members of the force to report for duty on Friday, the first day of the planned strike by rank-and-file gardaí.The AGSI and GRA, which represent the vast majority of the force, are currently locked in last-minute talks with the government in a bid to stave off the unprecedented industrial action.The two organisations have both rejected new deals in recent days.This morning we’re asking: Was the Commissioner right to order gardaí to report for duty on Friday? No opinion/no interest (874) No (12588) Share100 Tweet Email Yes (8482) By Garreth MacNamee Poll: Was the Garda Commissioner right to order officers to report for duty on Friday? There is less than 48 hours before gardai withdraw their labour for the first time in the history of the State. Image: Niall Carsoncenter_img 109 Comments Poll Results: Nov 2nd 2016, 10:33 AM 40,094 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article YesNoNo opinion/no interestVote Short URL Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 10:33 AMlast_img read more

Government resists opposition pressure for referendum on PPC selloff

first_imgFifteen independent MPs backed a proposal by leftist SYRIZA for Parliament to launch a debate on a referendum on the government’s plans to part-privatize the Public Power Corporation (PPC) as government spokesperson Sofia Voultepsi insisted that separate proposals by opposition parties should not count as one.The 15 independents indicated that they would support SYRIZA’s call for a debate on whether a plebiscite should be held on plans for spinning off some 30 percent of PPC to a private investor. A vote on the planned spin-off is due to take place in Parliament this week.The expression of support from the independents prompted SYRIZA, which also has the support of Independent Greeks and the majority of Democratic Left (DIMAR), to push its demand for a referendum. So far SYRIZA has the backing of around 108 MPs, just short of the minimum of 120 it needs for a discussion on a referendum to begin. But, according to sources, SYRIZA is confident it can reach the minimum by counting in the MPs of the Communist Party (KKE), which has said it wants a referendum on the liberalization of the electricity sector in general. Golden Dawn has also said it will lodge its own proposal for a referendum on PPC but SYRIZA does not want to be associated with the neofascist party.Voultepsi insisted that separate proposals should not be counted together. “It is certain that they cannot be added up,” she said. “So there is no real point to any further discussion.”Her comments came a few hours after Parliament Speaker Vangelis Meimarakis said it was possible that the House’s plenary session, which is in recess for summer, could be convened for a debate on a referendum on the PPC sell-off. Meimarakis reiterated his opinion, however, saying “the government has nothing to fear” and suggesting that leaving the matter unresolved could aggravate the situation. He suggested waiting for the opinion of Parliament’s Scientific Council and the proposals from the different parties, stressing however that the final decision on whether Parliament’s plenary should reconvene lay with the government.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Australian man seriously injured in mistaken arrest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian Nik Dimopoulos was left undergoing surgery for serious fractures to his arm following an alleged police operation at a Fitzroy property at 2am on Saturday.Residents say that heavily armed police officers allegedly stormed into the man’s apartment searching for what they were reportedly told was an “armed member of a Lebanese gang”. Police entered the Fitzroy property that is attached to the gay community bookshop and cafe Hares and Hyenas on Johnston Street.READ MORE: ‘I am alive’, says Greek Australian mum saved after transplant surgeryA description of the incident was posted on social media by Crusader Hillis and Rowland Thomson, bookshop owners. They say that the police failed to properly identify themselves and caused serious injuries to Mr Dimopoulos while restraining him.The post states that the police did not identify themselves and stormed into the room. Mr Dimopoulos thought it was an “anti-gay home invasion” and ran downstairs where he was forcefully detained.last_img read more

New Research Shows Link Between Cat Parasites and Brain Diseases

first_img A common parasite found in cats might be a bit more dangerous than we thought. The bug, known as Toxoplasma gondii, can be transmitted from cats to humans via feces. In other creatures, like mice, the toxoplasmosis can actually compel mice to go towards cats instead of away. Then, once eaten, it reproduces inside cat until it’s excreted via poop.If you love cats even half as much as the rest of the internet, then chances are good you already that much, at least. Thing is, it’s been taken for granted that toxoplasmosis is essentially harmless in humans. Beyond the initial infection which can cause flu-like symptoms, most people shouldn’t notice anything. But the evidence has been mounting that, even though mice brains and human ones are very different, the parasite can still attack and severely damage human neural tissue.A new study by researchers at 16 different labs across the world shows that the human brain has specific weaknesses that can dramatically affect the course of toxoplasmosis, especially when it occurs at the same time as other brain-damaging diseases, like Alzheimer’s. To be clear, there’s still no evidence that toxoplasmosis causes specific conditions, but this study shows that it can alter how each disease progresses, making a very bad thing much, much worse.“At the core [of this are] characteristics of the parasite itself,” study co-author and director of the Toxoplasmosis center at the University of Chicago, Rima McLeod told Gizmodo. The genes it expresses in the infected brain, susceptibility genes that could limit the host’s ability to prevent infection, and genes that control susceptibility to other diseases present in the human host. Other factors may include pregnancy, stress, additional infections, and a deficient microbiome. We hypothesized that when there is a confluence of these factors, the disease may occur.”The complexity of the interaction, though, makes specific effects hard to pin down. Toxoplasmosis is a living parasite with effects on the brain that can change and shift over time in response to dozens of factors. More research will need to be done to figure out exactly how these conditions, and our own genetic code interact with the parasite, but for now it’s an unnerving initial result.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Chonky’ 26-Pound Cat Goes Viral Online, Receives Potential AdoptersFirefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered It Stay on targetlast_img read more

NDAA Roundup Could the Term Limit for InstallationCommunity Support Agreements Be Extended

first_imgAfter extending the maximum term limit for intergovernmental support agreements for installation support services from five to 10 years in the FY 2018 defense authorization bill, lawmakers may consider increasing the limit once again. This year’s authorization bill requires each military department to conduct a feasibility study of entering such agreements with host communities for up to 20 years. Reports from each of the departments will be due six months after the measure is enacted, under section 2825. … Section 2827 of the conference report adds language clarifying that state-owned National Guard installations qualify as military installations that can benefit from the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program’s initiatives to protect training and testing missions through partnerships among military services, state and local governments, and conservation groups that aim to preserve compatible land uses and natural habitats near installations and ranges. … The conference report to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill includes a significant commitment from Congress to upgrade its infrastructure after years of shortchanging facilities sustainment. The measure authorizes $23.5 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure, which represents a $471 million increase above the administration’s request, according to a House Armed Services Committee summary. Conferees added $397 million for depot maintenance.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua Robinson Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The best National Pizza Day 2019 deals

first_img Share your voice Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Cici’s Pizza is pretty much the perfect food. I mean, sure, too much will kill you, but there’s no other way I’d rather go. Saturday, Feb. 9, is National Pizza Day — a chance to not only celebrate the Circle of Awesomeness, but also save some money doing it. Below I’ve rounded up the best national and regional NPD deals so far. Just take note that some stores in some chains might not be participating in the offers. Your local pizza places might be serving up specials as well, so be sure to check their websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and so on. Blaze Pizza: Get two pepperoni pizzas for $10 when you order online. Caulipower: Starting Saturday, you can visit to get a buy-one-get-one coupon for this cauliflower-crust pizza.Chuck E. Cheese: Through Saturday, you can upgrade any large pizza order to extra large for free, just by mentioning National Pizza Day at the register.Pilot Flying J: Get a free slice of pizza with the Pilot Flying J app.Pizza Hut: For a limited time, get any large pizza for $10.99 with promo code THANKYOU.Real Good Food Company: Use code PIZZA to get $10 off any online order (but only on Saturday). Round Table Pizza: Here’s a win-win — stop in on Saturday and you’ll receive a coupon for a free personal one-topping pizza you can use for a future visit. But for every pizza purchased on Saturday, the company will donate $1 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Have you found any other National Pizza Day deals? Tell us about them in the comments!Originally published Feb. 7.Update, Feb. 8: Added Pizza Hut and Chuck E. Cheese.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 9center_img Comments The Cheapskate Culturelast_img read more

BSE closes points 38036 up on Jan 2

first_imgBSE closes points 380.36 up on Jan 26.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 380.36 up on Jan 26.3K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 380.36 points up to stand at 27,887.90. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 111.45 points up to stand at 8,395.45. PIPAVAVDOC and GPPL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 13.70% and 12.08% along with BERGER PAINTS INDIA LTD and BAYER CROPSCIENCE LTD with an increase of 11.08% and 8.94% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.96% and 4.88% along with MUTHOOT FINANCE LTD and PRESTIGE with a decrease of 4.74% and 4.53% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 142.35 points at 18,845.88 while the banking sector is up 356.91 points at 21,830.10 and the reality sector is up 14.15 points at 1,571.90. The Indian currency is up 0.36% at Rs 63.31 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 380.36 points up to stand at 27,887.90. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 111.45 points up to stand at 8,395.45. PIPAVAVDOC and GPPL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 13.70% and 12.08% along with BERGER PAINTS INDIA LTD and BAYER CROPSCIENCE LTD with an increase of 11.08% and 8.94% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.96% and 4.88% along with MUTHOOT FINANCE LTD and PRESTIGE with a decrease of 4.74% and 4.53% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 142.35 points at 18,845.88 while the banking sector is up 356.91 points at 21,830.10 and the reality sector is up 14.15 points at 1,571.90. The Indian currency is up 0.36% at Rs 63.31 per dollar.last_img read more

BGB seizes 12 gold bars

first_imggold. File PhotoMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a drive seized 12 pieces of gold bars, weighing 1.4 kg, from Khalshi Bazar in Putkhali border area in Benapole of Jashore on Wednesday.Tipped off, a team of BGB conducted a drive in the area and seized the gold bars worth Tk 5.84 million in an abandoned condition, said BGB-21 commanding officer lieutenant colonel Tariqul Hakim.No one was arrested in this connection as the smugglers managed to flee the scene, he added.Later, the seized items were deposited to Benapole Customs House, reports UNB.last_img

PM asks physicians not to show negligence to patients

first_imgPrime Minister Sheikh HasinaSaying no negligence to patients is acceptable, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday sharply criticised the physicians who are not available at their work stations at the upazila level.”We’re appointing doctors and nurses as required, but it’s regrettable that our doctors don’t stay in upazilas, where it’s supposed to have 10 doctors in one upazila hospital…only one doctor is found in some areas,” she said.The prime minister said this while inaugurating the Golden Jubilee celebration programme of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College, Barishal through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban.The government, she said, has upgraded the 31-bed upazila hospitals to 50-bed ones while 100-bed district hospitals to 250-bed ones.She said the government is appointing doctors and other supporting staff accordingly.”In some places, there’re operation theatres, but no doctor, surgeon, anesthetist and nurse! We’ll set up institutions and those will remain neglected, how come! This cannot be allowed,” she said.The prime minister also mentioned that the government is setting up medical colleges and institutions as per the demand and this is the responsibility and duty of the doctors to provide service to the people of the country. “I hope people will get that service.”The prime minister said the government has taken a number of programmes to take medicare facilities to the doorsteps of people.About nuclear energy, Hasina said the government has conducted a survey in some islands of the Barishal areas to set up another nuclear power plant. “I’ve a plan to establish the next nuclear power plant at an island in this area.”Hasina said a feasibility study is on to transmit gas through pipeline from Bhola to Barishal where there is crisis of gas. “Gas is necessary to build some industries in this area,” she said.Health and family welfare minister Mohammad Nasim and state minister Zahid Maleque also spoke at the programme.last_img read more