How to be influential

first_imgby: Dan BergerCommunications expert and author Stacey Hanke does presentations at various credit unions and trade associations nationwide. In fact, she has presented at NAFCU’s Management and Leadership Institute in the past. Much of her focus is teaching people how to be influential.One of her main points is talking more to avoid moments of silence does nothing to make people seem more knowledgeable or influential. “The more we speak, the more we confuse. The more we speak, the more time we steal from our listeners, because it takes us longer to make our points,” she writes in one of her recent blog posts.In her blog post, she gives three tips to help us communicate more with less:Focus on your listeners, not your agenda. Sometimes, we need to adapt our messaging to our listeners. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Evening racing at Dundalk.

first_imgThere are 3 Tipperary runners in action.Charlie Swan will saddle up 12/1 outsider Moving On Up, and he will run alongside 10/1 shot Along the Shore, watched over by Aidan O Brien.Tipp involvement is completed by the Andrew Slattery trained Merry Mast can be backed at 8/1 in the Dundalk Stadium on Facebook Handicap at 8 o’clock.last_img

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Henry Cejudo: How ‘The King of Cringe’ can usurp Conor McGregor’s best year in UFC history with title win at UFC 238

first_imgView this post on Instagram Ever since he ascended to the top of the UFC flyweight division, Henry Cejudo has embraced his standing as MMA’s undisputed king of cringe-worthy self-referential social media.Cejudo is to try-hard posting what Derrick Lewis is to NSFW videos and Tony Ferguson is to aggressive capitalization, with his efforts ranging from thirsting after Nikki Bella and dancing with his championship belt to making sure everyone knows he’s an Olympic gold medalist and dubbing himself “the greatest combat sports athlete of all time.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearMuch like nicknames, such a distinction isn’t something you can bestow upon yourself, even if a case can be made for it being true.Earlier this week at his media lunch engagement in Los Angeles, the 32-year-old standout broke out a rehearsed speech about all the nasty things he’s been called in the past, rattling off a list of distinctions and forced descriptors that highlight his accomplishments before ending by declaring that he’s never been called the pound-for-pound champ and that his aim is to change that this weekend at UFC 238 in Chicago.It was a top-shelf offering from “The King of Cringe,” especially given that he posted the exact same thing on both Instagram and Twitter two days earlier. Moraes could end the conversation before it starts by taking Cejudo to the woodshed and claiming the bantamweight title for himself, dashing the flyweight titleholder’s hopes of being a two-weight world champion.But if the 32-year-old try-hard emerges victorious, his 12-month run from UFC 227 through UFC 238 this weekend in Chicago has to go down as one of the individual stretches in UFC history.Maybe even the best, period. I’ve been called a lot of nasty things in my life, Gold Digger, Son of a gold, Olympic Champion, UFC Champion, Hall of Famer, record breaker, 1 of 1, dream catcher, Dream snatcher, Snake killer, Mouse trap, goat killer, and The King of Cringe. “But never” have I been called Pound for Pound! That will all change come Jun. 8th #andnew #p4pA post shared by Henry Cejudo (@henry_cejudo) on Jun 1, 2019 at 11:45pm PDTAll of this would be difficult to endure if it wasn’t clearly being done with a wink and a smile.Cejudo has clearly embraced being a guy who tries too hard and is probably never going to get the credit that he deserves for his accomplishments. Instead, he’s amplified it into a persona for the sake of promoting himself, his fight with Marlon Moraes on Saturday and his place in the pantheon of all-time greats. This approach makes a great deal of sense in today’s “This is so bad — you have to watch it” world.And it’s working too.Cejudo has gone from being the earnest dude who didn’t get much love from fans when he was first working his way up the divisional ladder to a thwacked a stuffed snake on the ground a couple of times as he readied to face-off with T.J. Dillashaw and was applauded for his efforts. He’s decided to go with the current rather than trying to swim against it and it has elevated him to a new level of exposure and recognition, which is crucial in this sport, even if it takes a little tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation.The ironic thing, however, is that while the reigning flyweight champion has been getting recognition for embracing this amplified caricature of himself, it has taken away from the fact that with a win on Saturday, Cejudo could complete one of the greatest 12-month stretches in UFC history.Fighters like Donald Cerrone and Neil Magny have won more fights in a calendar year than Cejudo, and other champions have enjoyed similar stretches where they have won and/or defended their belts in impression fashion three times or more in a 12-month span.Frank Shamrock posted four championship victories between December 1997 and October 1998, winning the light heavyweight title from Kevin Jackson before successfully defending it against Igor Zinoviev, Jeremy Horn and Jon Lober.Jon Jones went 4-for-4 with four finishes over an 11-month span in 2011, defeating Ryan Bader and stopping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to claim the light heavyweight title before successfully defending it against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida.Between April 2008 and January 2009, Georges St-Pierre avenged his upset loss to Matt Serra to unify the welterweight titles, crafted a masterpiece against Jon Fitch and dominated B.J. Penn in the first “Champion vs. Champion” fight in UFC history. In the middle of her dominant run atop the bantamweight division, Ronda Rousey needed just 96 seconds combined to dispatch Sara McMann, Alexis Davis and Cat Zingano and she did it all in the span of 53 weeks.Those are all incredible achievements by a collection of incomparable talents. However those dominant runs, as impressive as they were, don’t compare with what Cejudo could achieve with a victory on Saturday.With a win over Moraes this weekend in Chicago, Cejudo would become just the second fighter in UFC history to capture titles in two different weight classes within the same calendar year and he’ll have done so with a victory over another UFC champion in between.For a long time, winning championship gold in two different weight classes was one of the most impressive feats a fighter could accomplish inside the Octagon. Only a handful of fighters had fought for titles in two different divisions and for the longest time, only two did so successfully, Randy Couture and B.J. Penn.Over the last several years, however, reigning champions challenging for a title in a second weight class has become the norm and three athletes have been able to accomplish the feat, starting with Conor McGregor in 2016, followed by Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes earning the “Double Champ” distinction in 2018.Cejudo has the opportunity to become the fourth fighter to join the exclusive club on Saturday and if he’s successful, his three-fight run from UFC 227 through UFC 238 may go down as the best one-year run of any fighter inside the Octagon.Of the three fighters to earn the “Double Champ” distinction, only McGregor achieved the feat in the same calendar year, having claimed the featherweight title from Jose Aldo on December 12, 2015 and the lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205. Both were electric performances, but it’s what transpired in between those championship victories that could position McGregor behind Cejudo in the “Best Year Ever” discussion.After winning the featherweight title, McGregor was supposed to immediately challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt, but a broken foot forced the Brazilian out of the contest and opened the door for Nathan Diaz to step in on short notice to face the Irish superstar at UFC 196.Diaz surprised a lot of people (though not himself) by weathering McGregor’s early offensive barrage and rallying to submit the featherweight champ in the second round. The loss ate at the SBG Ireland product, who requested an immediate rematch and briefly retired from the sport when some of his demands surrounding pre-fight media obligations weren’t met.Ultimately, McGregor and Diaz ran it back at UFC 202, with the former garnering a majority decision to draw level in the personal series before returning his focus to winning the lightweight title, which he did three months later at Madison Square Garden.While McGregor went 1-1 in a pair of riveting bouts with Diaz, a wildly popular, but enigmatic and inconsistent fighter throughout his UFC career, Cejudo stepped into the Octagon with TJ Dillashaw, the reigning bantamweight champion at the time who was coming off back-to-back knockout wins over former champ Cody Garbrandt. And where McGregor initially stumbled, Cejudo shined, clipping Dillashaw in the first real exchange of the fight and collecting the finish just 32 seconds after the bout began.Now, this is far from an apples-to-apples comparison, as McGregor went up in weight to fight Diaz on short notice at welterweight while Cejudo welcomed Dillashaw to the flyweight ranks, but on the basis of whom each man fought and how those fights went, it’s hard to argue against the UFC 238 headliner having the edge.There is no denying each of the bouts between McGregor and Diaz were bigger fights and did astronomically better numbers or that Diaz is a far more popular fighter than Dillashaw, but this isn’t a popularity contest or an exercise where box office returns have carry any real weight.From a strictly achievement standpoint, Cejudo posting a 12-month run with championship wins over Johnson and Moraes sandwiched around a 32-second knockout of Dillashaw is a greater accomplishment than McGregor’s “Champ-Champ” run bracketing his two-fight series with Diaz.Johnson is considered one of the best fighters on the planet and in the tier just below the small group in the running for being the greatest fighter of all time, while Dillashaw entered their meeting as a two-time world champion with a 16-3 record. Though Moraes has never worn UFC gold, he’s clearly a Top 5 bantamweight and may even prove to be the best in the world on Saturday if he beats Cejudo and renders this entire endeavor moot.As much as McGregor’s 13-second blasting of Aldo to win the featherweight title remains one of the most incredible championship performances in UFC history and winning the lightweight title from Alvarez is an impressive feat, splitting the two fights with Diaz — and the second fight being incredibly close — has to give the edge to Cejudo because he walked into the Octagon and blitzed a fellow UFC champion in 32 seconds.If you want to argue McGregor was fighting in a third weight class, so registering three wins across three divisions in a 12-month span with title victories on either end is a greater achievement, it’s an angle worth exploring, but does it carry as much value if the B-Side to those two fights isn’t Diaz?Additionally, how much credit would Cejudo get for venturing to featherweight and getting finished by a comparable opponent before eking one out on the cards in the rematch five months later? Few people would give the “King of Cringe” much love for splitting a pair of bouts with Cub Swanson the same way McGregor did with Diaz, but it feels like that has far more to do with Diaz being one of the most popular fighters in the sport, not his achievements inside the Octagon.Thought exercises like this never have one right answer — they’re meant to spark debates and discussions, get people thinking about the ramifications of a specific performance, especially when there are championship talents involved.last_img read more

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Walton Heath sign up to Women in Golf Charter

first_img Tags: Surrey 1 Nov 2019 Walton Heath sign up to Women in Golf Charter Walton Heath has become the latest English club to sign up to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.The renowned former Ryder Cup venue has committed to increasing the numbers of women and girls participating in golf with the introduction of a three-year rolling plan.This strategy will see the club actively strive to increase membership, develop women’s, girls and family golf while also encouraging more women to become closely involved in the administrative elements of the club.All this is in line with The R&A’s modernising vision of growing the game and the enthusiastic adoption of a fresh approach has already started paying dividends for the popular Surrey club.Walton Heath captain Alison Taylor and Kate Hill, who sits on the club’s general committee, are leading the drive as charter champions.Taylor explained: “We already have an academy that started in 2016. It has been very successful and nine women have graduated to full membership this year.“Everyone in the academy has a mentor to help them integrate into the club. In addition to group and individual lessons run by the professionals, there are regular playing sessions with mentors.“We are now also hoping to introduce a similar initiative for girls.”Hill added: ‘’Among the seven core commitments which form the basis of the Walton Heath Charter is a desire to increase the ladies’ section to a minimum of 120 playing members.“On January 1 this year we had 94 members and that figure has now jumped to 105, which is a very significant increase.“Until recently, we were averaging just one new member a year, so this is an extremely positive step.”Walton Heath’s aim is to increase the number of women members by 10 a year and create a community of girls who will enjoy learning and playing together.Taylor and her vice-captain at Walton Heath already sit on the club’s board and other women will be encouraged to stand for committee positions in line with the charter’s aims and objectives.Taylor added: “Walton Heath is a traditional club but we recognise the need to look forward to the next generation of golfers.“We want grow the ladies’ section and be the family friendly club that women and girls want to join.  Signing up to the Charter provides us with a great foundation to achieve this.“We are proud to be the first golf club in Surrey to adopt The R&A Charter and to pledge our commitment to supporting the continued growth of women and girls golf.”To find out more about Walton Heath’s Women In Golf Charter pledge please click hereIf your club would like to be next to sign up then please click herelast_img read more

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Body of man found submerged in water

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 31, 2017 – Nassau – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man found dead in waters off Prince George wharf on Tuesday 30th May 2017. According to reports shortly after 8:30am, police received a report from concern citizen of a body of a male submerged in waters off Prince George Wharf.   When police arrived on the scene they met a male body submerged in the water. T  he lifeless body of a male was retrieved from the water and taken to shore where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cost of death. POLICE ARE APPEALING TO ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INCIDENT, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, IS URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8476 (FAMILY ISLANDS)#MagneticMediaNews#bodyofmanfoundsubmergedinwater Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#bodyofmanfoundsubmergedinwater, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Google relents—adds system password prompt before displaying web passwords

first_img Explore further Citation: Google relents—adds system password prompt before displaying web passwords (2013, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-google-relentsadds-password-prompt-web.html Now it appears that Google has had a change of heart, at least as it applies to Mac users—Chromium developer François Beaufort has announced on his Google+ page that Google has implemented a “fix” for the problem for users of the Chromium Build for Mac. Now, if a sneaky person gains physical access to someone else’s computer and tries to get the browser to show all of the saved passwords, they will be prompted to first type in the Mac OS password. Of course, that still won’t stop them from visiting and logging in automatically (because the passwords have still been saved after all) to whatever web sites they find in the list of favorites, their history, etc.It’s not clear why Google had a change of heart, or if the change will be made to Google Chrome (Windows) or if it will, how long that might take. Last summer, company reps said making such a change to Chrome would give users a false sense of security. They suggested that users lock their computer when away from the keyboard to give themselves a true security system.It’s clear that forcing users to type in a system password will prevent miscreants from quickly printing out a list of logins/passwords—whether it will also lull them into a false of security remains to be seen—at least for Mac users. Software developer questions why Google Chrome allows for display of saved passwords in plain text © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —This past summer it was widely reported that Google Chrome had a web security flaw—all of the passwords that were saved for various web sites could be displayed by anyone gaining physical access to a computer, by typing in a simple command. That prompted a lot of people to criticize Google for its lackadaisical approach to web security for its user community. Google defended itself by noting that if someone gained physical access to someone else’s computer and were able to use their Chrome browser, they would be able to access all of the web sites that the original owner had saved anyway (because the login and passwords would be filled in automatically), regardless of whether they could see the passwords, which were stored on the local hard drive in plain text. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Sunday Art Haat A step to promote budding artists

first_imgArt is much more than just a medium of creative expressions. To be commercial is a call of the moment for artists or else wise they would be left alone. The growing number of art auction houses like Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Saffron Art etc. is a proof how essential it has become for artists to be self-marketer in order to survive in the art field. And our country is not an exception in this.But the irony is that in our country where there are hundreds of art institutes, art schools and art galleries, we can count the galleries/institutions on our fingers that come forward to represent fresh graduates from such art institutions. And if few of them get a gallery as their representative, they have to pay its price in the form of commissions. So where should they go? To answer this very question, the Lalit Kala Akademi has initiated a concept called ‘Sunday Art Haat’, where there will be a direct interaction between artists and buyers without any mediation. While inaugurating ‘Sunday Art Haat’, the administrator of Lalit Kala Akademi, C S Krishna Setty said, “It is our endeavour to help and support young and budding talent, especially those artists who are struggling to find a gallery or don’t necessarily have a big body of work ready for an exhibition yet. The scene completely differs in the West. People of cities like Paris, London, New York etc. are well versed about the places where they would find affordable artworks. ‘Sunday Art Haat’ is an initiative in that very direction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCurrently, we are providing spaces to artists at very nominal costs but the Akademi is planning to make it free for them in upcoming time.” Mentioning about a plan of building a permanent space for the event, Setty said, “For the buyers, it will give them an opportunity to acquire art at affordable prices without gallery commissions and such deterrents”.Vishalakshi Nigam, Secretary in charge, Lalit Kala Akademi; Bhisham Mirani, Garhi centre in charge; participating artists like Rajesh Srivastava, Rituparna Chopra, Kumud Mohinder, Rekha Kapur etc., apart from art collectors and buyers, attended the inauguration at the Regional Centre Garhi.last_img read more

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Accentures annual Technology report finds all five major trends in 2018 being

first_imgEvery year Accenture releases their annual forecast of the technology trends unfolding in the next three years. This year their Accenture Technology Vision 2018  highlights five emerging trends shaping the way technology is increasing businesses’ impact across society. The report covers people on all rungs of the corporate ladder, from strategy to operations, moving closer to the center of people’s lives. Accenture’s Technology Vision comprises a three-year set of technology trends. Accenture Evolution Chart Here are the 5 major trends identified in the 2018 report. Trend #1 CITIZEN AI: Raising AI to benefit business and society As artificial intelligence grows in its capabilities, businesses must move to “raise” their AIs to act as responsible, productive members of society. For businesses, this means deploying AI is no longer just about training it to perform a given task. It’s about “raising” it to act as a responsible representative of the business, and a contributing member of society. Per a survey conducted by Accenture, “72 percent of executives report that their organizations seek to gain customer trust and confidence by being transparent in their AI-based decisions and actions. This will be a crucial step in the integration of AI into society. We call it Citizen AI.” Trend #2 EXTENDED REALITY: The End of Distance Extended Reality XR refers to the spectrum of experiences that blurs the line between the real world and the simulated world. The technology immerses the user through visual, audio, and potentially olfactory and haptic cues. The two major types of XR are virtual reality and augmented reality. The report ascertains that Virtual and augmented reality technologies are removing the distance to people, information, and experiences, transforming the ways people live and work. Per their Survey, “27 percent of executives state it is very important for their organizations to be a pioneer in XR solutions.” Trend #3 DATA VERACITY: The Importance of Trust By transforming themselves to run on data, businesses have created a new kind of vulnerability: inaccurate, manipulated, and biased data that leads to corrupted business insights with a major impact on society. Businesses can address this new vulnerability by building confidence in three key data-focused tenets: Provenance, or verifying the history of data from its origin throughout its life cycle Context, or considering the circumstances around its use Integrity, or securing and maintaining data. Strong cybersecurity and data science capabilities are prerequisites for building a strong data intelligence practice to ensure data veracity. Trend #4 FRICTIONLESS BUSINESS: Built to partner at scale Businesses depend on technology-based partnerships for growth, but their own legacy systems aren’t designed to support partnerships at scale. To fully become the connected Intelligent Enterprise, companies must first re-architect themselves. Organizations must actively reshape their business from top to bottom to meet the challenges of creating and managing relationships at scale. They must adopt microservices architectures, and use blockchain and smart contracts to build a strong foundation for technology-based partnerships. Accenture Survey shows that “ 60% of executives report that blockchain and smart contracts will be critical to their organizations over the next three years.” Trend #5 INTERNET OF THINKING: Creating Intelligent Distributed Systems Businesses are making big bets on intelligent environments via robotics, AI and immersive experiences. But to bring these intelligent environments to life, they must extend their infrastructures into the dynamic, real-world environments. For this, companies must extend compute beyond the cloud, toward the edge of networks. They must explore custom hardware solutions and hardware accelerators that let systems reduce latency and compute limitations. Cloud processing remains appealing for high-value learning, predictions, AI-model generation, and storage in situations that are not time critical. But for real-time action, processing must happen at the edge of networks, where the event is occurring. Read the complete Accenture Technology Vision 2018 report to learn about the technology trends in detail along with the research methodology and the survey demographics. Read Next 18 striking AI Trends to watch in 2018 – Part 1 18 striking AI Trends to watch in 2018 – Part 2 Skill Up is back: 5 things we want to find outlast_img read more

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