SEAS design fair on May 1

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard community and members of the general public are invited to attend a design fair hosted by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) on May 1, 2012.The aim is to showcase our undergraduate and graduate design activities through project posters and demonstrations. Exhibitions and discussion will take place throughout the Maxwell Dworkin building (33 Oxford Street) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.last_img

Unfulfilled expectations haunting USC

first_imgWith the final two home games of the year upon the USC men’s volleyball team this weekend, the Trojans find themselves in a spot that was unimaginable at the beginning of the season — seventh place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.“We definitely didn’t think we would be here,” said junior opposite hitter Murphy Troy. “But we still got a pretty good opportunity ahead of us with six games left.”Recovering · Junior opposite hitter Murphy Troy hopes to lead the No. 6 Trojans to victory in home matches against UC Irvine and UCLA. – Gage Allard | Daily Trojan But the Trojans (11-9, 8-8) are still ranked sixth in the nation and will play two of those six games during their last homestand this weekend.USC plays No. 11 UC Irvine (11-12, 6-10) in a rematch of the 2009 national championship game tonight and hosts No. 7 UCLA (14-9, 9-7) Saturday night in the home finale.The Trojans defeated UC Irvine 3-2 in their last meeting in January, but both programs are not the championship squads they were in a year ago.USC started the season 6-1 and No. 1 in the nation, but since then it has gone just 5-8 and slid down the national and conference rankings. Irvine also has been unable to put together a consistent run all year as well.“We were both the belle of the ball last year, and now we’re in rental tuxes,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said jokingly.Even though the Trojans made the 2009 championship match, they were in relatively the same position at this time last year. But the feeling around the team is a little different now.“This time last year we sort of felt like we had nothing to lose. We had never been there before,” Troy said. “This year, we had higher expectations for ourselves, and we’re not fulfilling them.”It’s been an up and down year for USC, with a lot more down than up recently. While the Trojans did defeat D-II Grand Canyon State last week, they are 1-3 in their last four games.Ferguson has pointed to a shortened fall practice schedule because of injuries and national team commitments that hurt the team, but with the playoffs three weeks away, he has used the last two weeks of nearly uninterrupted practice to get his team to a new height.“We’re at a whole different level than where we were three weeks ago,” Ferguson said. “Offensively, I think you’re going to see a whole different deal tomorrow night. We’ve been working on it big time, and these guys have improved a ton. I think it’ll be a little bit more exciting to watch us play volleyball.”USC has tried to fix the problem by shuffling players around in the hope that one lineup will click. Last year, USC used just six different starting lineups, and five starters from the opening match of the season started the NCAA championship game.This year, USC has already used seven different starting lineups, and four Trojans started in different positions for its match two games ago against BYU — than for its season opening match.“As a coach, you walk the fine line of sticking with something and having continuity versus if something is not working and you need to make a change,” Ferguson said. “You never want to make a change for the sake of making a change, but you always want to better your situation. We feel like we’re getting close to where we want to be, and we’ll keep trying whatever we need to until we get something that works.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Mary From Dungloe International Festival committee, have announced the 2014 Mary From Dungloe Festival brochure will be launched on Monday, June 2nd in the Stepping Stone Bar, Main Street, Dungloe at 7.30p.m. The new young committee of local people have worked extremely hard in putting together an exciting and varied programme for the 47th Mary From Dungloe International Festival.The 47th Mary From Dungloe annual selections of the Dungloe and Donegal Mary, takes place this Friday, May 30th at 9 p.m in The Steppings Stone Bar, Dungloe. Live Music from The Muttley Crew. MARY FROM DUNGLOE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SET TO LAUNCH BROCHURE was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesMary from Dungloe International Festivalnewslast_img read more

Unforced Sales Errors

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are as many or more ways to lose deals than there are ways to win them. One way to lose, but likely not the most common, is to be outsold by a competitor. Fair enough, you have been on both sides of that story. However, the most common way to lose is by unforced errors, the mistakes you make in your pursuit of a client.There are also unforced errors that cause you to produce results that are far short of the results you are capable of.There are a few classes of mistakes, but for our purposes here, we’ll bundle them into three categories. The first category is errors in planning or preparation. The second category is errors in execution. The final class being strategic errors.Caused by a Lack of PreparationYou can and will lose deals when you are unprepared or through a lack of planning.If you have not been trained, and if you are not working on developing the mindset, skill sets, and toolsets to succeed in sales, you will lose deals because you are unprepared to sell effectively. By not being aware of where you are in space, without understanding what you are seeing, hearing, and experiencing, you will lack the ability to know what your choices of action are or how to make good decisions.If you have not prepared for a sales meeting, you are less likely to produce a positive outcome or move your prospect forward. The deck you put together the morning of the meeting, the one that has your last prospect’s name on the third slide, indicates that you are not buttoned up or detail-oriented. For your client, this is a preview of things to come. One salesperson walked into a client’s office and said, “So tell me a little bit about what your company does.” (It was a very brief meeting, as you might have guessed).Starting your year without goals and a plan to reach your quota, starting the week without a plan, and beginning your day in your inbox all make you reactive, and will eventually cause you to lose deals–or to not have any deals to pursue.Caused by a Lack of ExecutionSelling is made up of conversations and commitments. The lack of disciplined execution of things like nurturing your dream clients and prospecting will cause no end of stress and poor results due to a lack of meaningful opportunities. Taking poor notes–or no notes at all–leaves you open to forgetting what your prospect believes is important. Poor energy will show a lack of enthusiasm for your prospect and their business, an outcome that could easily have been avoided with a good night’s sleep.The inability or an unwillingness to create real, differentiated, compelling value for your prospect will have them looking elsewhere for help, as will a pitiful attempt to acquire the next commitment your dream client needs to make to realize their goals. Add poor presentation skills with a pitch that misses the mark, and poor negotiation skills that feel like an ultimatum and smack of arrogance.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Caused by Poor StrategyYou can lose deals because you do too little work designing your approach to the pursuit of a deal. It’s also possible to lose by underestimating your competition, believing them to be too weak to beat you. You may find the path to a loss that runs straight through your belief that you have the right answer, even if the prospect has hinted their disagreement.By not matching your strategy to the situation, you make an error of ignoring context and stubbornly sticking to an approach that reality rejects.It’s difficult enough to win. Don’t make it impossible.last_img read more

Mass transfers of teachers create difficulties in schools

first_imgThe mass-scale transfers of principals and teachers of government schools carried out in Rajasthan have created difficulties for thousands of students in the middle of their academic session. Though the Congress government has claimed that a “transparent process” was adopted for transfers, the teachers, students and their parents are agitated over its impact on studies.While the Minister of State for Education, Govind Singh Dotasara, had announced that the transfers would stop on September 30, the spate of transfer orders issued in back dates even after the deadline have peeved the teachers, who were shifted to far-off places without their consent.The Opposition BJP leaders, teachers’ organisations and parents of students have alleged corruption, favouritism and political interference in the process of transfers. On a single day, 7,964 teachers — including 2,606 principals and 286 headmasters — were transferred across the State, disturbing the academic calendar, schedule of studies and the teachers’ focus on completing the work assigned to them.Few takers to claimMr. Dotasara’s claim that the transfer process was initiated after getting online applications from teachers has had few takers. Rajasthan Teachers and Panchayati Raj Employees’ Federation president N.S. Sisodia said the teachers who genuinely needed transfer for personal issues were ignored and those with political influence were shifted to their desired places despite the online system.The teachers’ bodies have demanded formulation of a transfer policy stipulating both urban and rural postings to take care of schools in the remote villages being run without teachers. Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh president Siyaram Sharma said the transfers still being done in back dates after the September 30 deadline clearly indicated “irregularities in the entire exercise”.Hundreds of students have staged demonstrations outside the government school buildings, put locks on their gates and blocked roads in several towns to protest against the transfer of their teachers. The agitating students were joined by the local villagers and panchayat members in Dausa, Jodhpur, Barmer, Tonk, Hanumangarh and Baran districts.Vijay Singh Sodha, Sarpanch of Barmer’s Bawri Kalan village, said the Education Department had transferred two teachers from the Higher Secondary School without paying heed to the villagers’ long-pending demand for filling up the vacant posts. “When there are no teachers, why will the villagers send their children to school? We are left with no option but to lock the school.”Senior BJP leader and former Education Minister Vasudev Devnani has denounced the State government’s “politically biased” decision to transfer a large number of teachers, which he said would affect the academic performance of students. “The Congress treats transfers as an industry. Cancer patients, deserted women and widows have been transferred to the places 500 km away from their residence. This is sheer injustice,” he said.‘Discontent, prejudices’Mr. Devnani said the State’s ranking in educational excellence in the country had improved from 26th to second position during the previous BJP regime. The anarchy in schools would destroy all the past achievements and pollute the educational atmosphere with discontent and prejudices, he said.A forum representing the teachers who were felicitated for their achievements has also protested against the large-scale transfers, while pointing out that the Congress government had violated its own decision to give preference to them. Over 20 teachers rewarded in the past, who had not even applied online, were transferred to far-off places, forum’s general secretary R.P. Sharma said.last_img read more

Ocean Yield Adds Fifth Suezmax to Its Fleet

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Okeanis Eco Tankers/Ocean Yield Norway-based shipping company Ocean Yield has taken delivery of the Suezmax tanker Milos, bringing its current fleet of Suezmaxes to five.Upon its delivery on February 7, the 2016-built vessel commenced its employment under a 13-year bareboat charter deal with Okeanis Eco Tankers (OET).Featuring 157,525 dwt, Milos was built by Sungdong Shipbuilding in Korea and is a sister vessel to Ocean Yield’s Poliegos, which is on charter with OET since mid-2017.As earlier noted by the company, the purchase price of USD 56 million for Milos includes a seller’s credit of USD 7 million, giving a net purchase price of USD 49 million.The Greek charterer Okeanis Eco Tankers will have certain options to acquire the vessel during the charter period, according to Ocean Yield.last_img read more

Work underway to release fuel trapped in barge at Haida Gwaii

first_imgQUEEN CHARLOTTE, B.C. – The Canadian Coast Guard says crews are working carefully to release gas that accumulated inside a barge carrying a fishing lodge that beached after it broke away from its anchorage at Haida Gwaii.Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa barge came loose from its mooring Saturday night and drifted for several hours toward Skidegate Inlet near the village of Queen Charlotte.Canadian Coast Guard Incident Commander Tim McCann says crews inspected the barge hull Tuesday and used air quality monitors to ensure their safety because some potentially explosive gas is trapped in the body of the vessel from a possible ruptured fuel line.John Kervel, incident commander with the B.C. Environment Ministry, says crews are also planning to open up hatches on the barge to create natural vents and will use forced air to ventilate the vessel.Time and air quality permitting, McCann says they planned to secure the barge to the beach on Tuesday.While no pollution was initially detected, a “small” amount of fuel sheen has appeared on the water, however Kervel says they do not believe there will be significant environmental impacts.The ministry is working with Transport Canada on a salvage plan.Kervel couldn’t speculate on the likelihood of an explosion, but says trained personnel with appropriate equipment to deal with such a case are on scene.A unified command is overseeing the incident with representatives of the Haida Nation, Village of Queen Charlotte, B.C. Environment Ministry, the Canadian Coast Guard and HaiCo, which owns the lodge.HaiCo will be responsible for paying the cost of the response and cleanup.last_img read more

Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Granted Permission to Stay Out

The Dallas Cowboys granted permission for wide receiver Dez Bryant to stay out past his midnight curfew Saturday morning in Dallas, Texas.Reports from several media outlets brought attention to the battered wideout, who is questionable for Sunday’s night game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a hip injury, after DJklassik posted pictures on Twitter with him attending a nightclub Friday night.Bryant is under several strict guidelines put forth by the Cowboys and his adviser David Wells after July arrest for a Class A misdemeanor charge for domestic violence involving his mother. Those guidelines include a midnight curfew, no drinking and no appearances in stripclubs or nightclubs without proper arrival.Bryant received approval from Wells to attend a Dallas nightclub with former Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West and Josh Howard for his birthday celebration, accompanied with security personnel.“He had a security person there with him and some of his teammates were there too,” Wells said Saturday morning before leaving for Atlanta, where the Cowboys play the Falcons on Sunday night.Bryant is one of the Cowboys prized receivers, with 41 catches for 488 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Even though his numbers are average, Bryant has been inconsistent at time this season. He has had several drops, one that could have led to a game winning touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens.Earlier in the week Bryant told ESPNDallas that the time has come to reach his potential as a Cowboy.“I feel like now, it’s about time,” Bryant said Thursday. “It’s about time.”One of the biggest mistakes as a Cowboy receiver for Bryant came last week in a loss against the New York Giants, where he fumbled a punt that led to a Giants touchdown. The Cowboys immediately replaced him with Dwayne Harris on punt return duties.“I’m not Superman or anything like that,” Bryant said this week. “Sometimes I feel like things happen and it’s all about how I respond to those bad situations. Do I learn from them. Do I keep making the same mistakes? I feel like I do a good job learning from my mistakes.”Bryant received another blow this week when the Dallas County District Attorney’s office announced they would not drop the domestic violence charge against him and will continue the investigation. read more

Listen Up World Football Trade Rumors

The summer trade window rumors are not only regarding where Manchester United’s forward Wayne Rooney, Uruguayan baller Edinson Cavani and Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez aka Isco are potentially headed. The rumblings are also about players who are not as popular but may have a greater advantage. These rumors are more likely fact than fiction.According to the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea City’s ball club is interested in the Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony. He is also a target for Newcastle United.Meanwhile, Sunderland Association Football Club’s Stephane Sessegnon is on the market this summer and Fulham Football Club is looking to capitalize on his status.Finally, Everton Football Club could potentially move on Japan International’s Keisuke Honda.In the video above, BleacherReport’s Will Tidey looks at some low-key rumors you need to keep an eye on this summer. read more

Ohio State tops Maryland 5224 in Big Ten opener

Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., as seen from the Maryland player entrance, prior to kickoff between OSU and the Terrapins on Oct. 4. The game was the first-ever meeting between the two schools, and the Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten home game. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — In the first-ever football matchup between Ohio State and Maryland, the No. 20 Buckeyes came away with a wire-to-wire victory to open their Big Ten season.OSU’s 52-24 win spoiled Maryland’s first Big Ten home game at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., on Saturday afternoon.After the win, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was “very pleased” with the Buckeyes’ play, but stressed that there is still room for improvement.“I know it wasn’t perfect; and obviously that’s what you strive to be, but we’re not,” Meyer said.With the conference season opening against Maryland, at least one OSU player said the team treats every game like a big one, but added there was some extra joy in a Big Ten victory.“We’re Ohio State,” sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said after the game. “We come in and every game is a big game for us. So first Big Ten game, feels real nice.”After the Buckeyes (4-1, 1-0) jumped out to a 24-3 lead, a Maryland (4-2, 1-1) touchdown and an ensuing OSU punt near the end of the first half had the Terrapins threatening to get back in the game. That punt — a 69-yard boot by sophomore Cameron Johnston — pinned Maryland at its own seven-yard line.Johnston said Meyer told him to put everything he had into the punt before sending him out on the field.“He said ‘go after it,’ so if he gives you permission to go after it and I’m allowed to go after it then I’m kind of happy,” Johnston said after the game. “So it was good.”On the first play of the drive, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee intercepted Maryland redshirt-senior quarterback C.J. Brown, giving OSU the ball at the one. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett hit redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett on the next play for a touchdown, giving the Buckeyes the momentum and a 31-10 halftime lead.Lee said the Buckeyes “needed a big play” at that moment in the game, and added he simply watched the play unfold before making the interception.“Eyes on the quarterback, and (sophomore defensive lineman) Joey Bosa was about to get him if he waited a half second longer,” Lee said after the game. “And then he threw it, (I) got to the ball, caught it.”Redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett (81) heads into the end zone for a touchdown during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFrom there, OSU outscored the Terrapins, 21-14, to seal the victory.Lee said everyone from Meyer to the rest of his teammates was looking forward to the Maryland matchup because none of them had ever taken on the Terrapins.“Coach was eager to play them, it was the first time he’s ever played Maryland, first time we’ve played Maryland,” he said. “We knew we had to jump out on them, they’re an explosive team.”The first half was a tale of two contrasting offenses as the Buckeyes picked up 289 total yards in the opening 30 minutes, compared to just 104 from Maryland.OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he enjoyed the success his offensive players had against the Terrapins, but said it’s important to keep that kind of play going throughout each game.“It’s really fun to be up there and just kind of call plays and understand that your guys are executing,” Herman said after the game. “We’re in a rhythm and do whatever you can not to break that rhythm and get behind the chains.”OSU got things started with an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run from redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith. Barrett hit redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall from nine yards out later in the quarter before Maryland got on the board.Herman said the first set of plays of the day was planned for the Buckeyes, but they still had to adjust to have their early success.“We script our first eight or 10 plays, but understand that we’ve got to adjust based on what the defense is giving,” Herman said.Following the Marshall touchdown, the Terrapins’ junior kicker Brad Craddock set a new Maryland record with a 57-yard field goal to make the score 14-3, but the Buckeyes answered back with a touchdown and a field goal of their own before Lee’s interception and the ensuing Vannett touchdown.OSU’s first drive of the second half ended with a turnover on downs inside the 10-yard line, but redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple gave the ball back to the Buckeyes with an interception in the end zone. Barrett hit senior wide receiver Devin Smith from 30 yards out on the ensuing possession to extend OSU’s lead to 38-10.Maryland’s second touchdown — a two-yard run by redshirt-junior running back Brandon Ross — was followed by a nine-yard scoring run from Barrett, giving the Buckeyes a 45-17 advantage just six seconds into the fourth quarter.Lee went to the sideline with an apparent leg injury on the first play of Maryland’s next drive after nearly making an interception, but later returned to the game.After the game, Lee said he sustained “just a cramp” on the play.After that near-pick, Maryland went on a seven-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Caleb Rowe to junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs.The Buckeyes closed out the scoring when freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan intercepted Rowe and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown on Maryland’s next possession.“It’s one of the best feelings in the world,” McMillan said of his first career score. “My teammate helped me out by tipping the ball and I just took advantage of the moment.”Barrett finished his day 18 of 23 on pass attempts for 267 yards and four touchdowns. He also finished second on the team with 71 rushing yards and another score. Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott led the way with 24 carries and 139 yards rushing while redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas led the team with four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown through the air. Redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith also had four receptions for 44 yards.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) makes a tackle during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24, as Bosa tallied 1 sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn total, Barrett completed passes to nine different receivers, and Meyer praised his ability, as well as the play of the players he throws to.“J.T. Barrett is playing very well and the big thing is we can still get better,” Meyer said. “The guys playing around him are pretty good too.”The Buckeye offense totaled 533 yards on the day, compared to 310 for Maryland.Bosa keyed the OSU defense with one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss while sophomore safety Vonn Bell and junior linebacker Joshua Perry tied for the team lead with six tackles each.After the game, Bosa said the defensive lines production when it comes to getting to the quarterback could have been even better than it was.“We were back there all day,” he said. “I think we could’ve had a lot more (sacks) if we just got there a little faster.”Brown and Rowe combined to throw four interceptions and just one touchdown in the game. The Buckeyes held the Terrapins to just 66 rushing yards on the day.OSU is scheduled to have a week off before returning to Ohio Stadium to face Rutgers on Oct. 18. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more