Watch out Savills! Fine & Country launches bid to be No.1 in upmarket sales

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Watch out Savills! Fine & Country launches bid to be No.1 in upmarket sales previous nextAgencies & PeopleWatch out Savills! Fine & Country launches bid to be No.1 in upmarket salesNew MD Nicky Stevenson says new territory licensing structure is already enabling holders to exploit new areas.Nigel Lewis24th June 202002,043 Views Fine & Country says it’s aiming to be the biggest premium estate agency brand in the UK, its new MD Nicky Stevenson tells The Negotiator.She joined the company in January to head up its associates operation but after CEO David Lindley announced his departure on June 1st, Stevenson was made MD of the UK, with Daniel Harrington heading up London and its international operation.In an exclusive chat, Stevenson says that Fine & Country has already started its UK expansion despite the Coronavirus lock-down, with 11 new territories agreed to licensees and associates.Agents in sleepy rural prime towns might want to watch out. Fine & Country is hoping to leverage its upmarket international reputation to take market share and Stevenson has been tasked with getting this done by its founder, Jon Cooke.Self-employed“It is an incredibly exciting time”, she says. “Fine & Country is a young business, constantly seeking to push the boundaries with tech and marketing innovations.”It also recently enabled licence holders to sub-licence territories to agents on a self-employed basis if they want to. Until recently sub-licensing was not permitted.“People’s expectations of work-life balance are changing and some want more flexibility, which the associate model enables,” she says.“Where Fine & Country differs is that we help independent agents to position themselves in a higher end of the market, with a global reach, and therefore charge higher fees which can be difficult to tap into using traditional methods.“The upper end of the market is moving – we’ve already overtaken our sales agreed rate and instructions for 2019, and because our agents are independent they are quite nimble – they didn’t have to wait for HQ to tell them when to open up, and hit the ground running earlier.”David Harrington Nicky Stevenson jon cooke David Lindley fine & country June 24, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Who Will Snag a Spot? Broadway.com Predicts Tony Noms for Performances in Plays

first_img Left to Right: Rebecca Hall, Machinal — Hall was riveting as the intense central character of this complicated piece. Nominators will likely remember her fine work. LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun — Stepping in at the last-minute for Diahann Carroll, Jackson brings warmth and humor to the matriarch of the Younger family. Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn  — An earthy grande dame (if such a thing exists), Parsons is revered by the theater community. She will probably snag a slot. IN THE MIX Left to Right: Bryan Cranston, All the Way — Fresh from Breaking Bad uber-fame, Cranston quickly made this LBJ bio-play a hot ticket. He’s a shoo-in. Ian McKellen, No Man’s Land — McKellen turned in genius performances in this and Waiting for Godot, but his turn as the seedy Spooner will nab him a nom. Tony Shalhoub, Act One — Gliding effortlessly between playing Moss Hart and his writing partner George S. Kaufman, Shalhoub’s idiosyncratic performance is nom-worthy. Stay tuned for more Tony cheat sheets! FRONTRUNNERS Left to Right: Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan — As the ultimate Irish mean girl, Greene got to play vicious, fiery comedy with glee. Don’t count her out. Andrea Martin, Act One — Martin played the aunt who inspired Moss Hart to love the theater. Doesn’t that sound like something nominators will think of fondly? Dearbhla Molloy, Outside Mullingar — Molloy’s unsentimental Irish widow deadpanned her way to a lot of laughs and possibly Tony love. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT FRONTRUNNERS Zachary Quinto, The Glass Menagerie — Quinto was deeply affecting as the unreliable narrator of this moving memory play. We hope nominators will remember and give him the nod he deserves. BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY IN THE MIX BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY FRONTRUNNERS ALSO POSSIBLE Toni Collette, The Realistic Jones; Debra Messing, Outside Mullingar; Condola Rashad, Romeo and Juliet; Marisa Tomei, The Realistic Joneses BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT Rachel Weisz, Betrayal — Trembling, flinching, kissing, drinking…no matter what Weisz was doing on stage, it was compelling. We hope nominators will remember her seductive performance. ALSO POSSIBLE Victoria Clark, The Snow Geese; Jayne Houdyshell, Romeo and Juliet; Mary Elizabeth Mastroantonio, The Winslow Boy; Leighton Meester, Of Mice and Men ALSO POSSIBLE James Franco, Of Mice and Men; Michael C. Hall, The Realistic Joneses, Tracy Letts, The Realistic Joneses, Brian F. O’Byrne, Outside Mullingar; Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men; Daniel Radcliffe, The Cripple of Inishmaan; Roger Rees, The Winslow Boy ALSO POSSIBLE Billy Crudup, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot; Brandon J. Dirden, All the Way; Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night; Shuler Hensley, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot; Alessandro Nivola, The Winslow Boy; Tom McGowan, Casa Vantina; John McMartin, All the Way; Patrick Page, Casa Valentina; Bobby Steggert, Mothers and Sons Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina — As Rita, the endlessly supportive wife of cross-dresser George, Winningham approaches her character with much warmth and nuance. We hope nominators will recognize her with a nod. Left to Right: Gabriel Ebert, Casa Valentina — As anxious Miranda, Ebert got to show off his range from panicked to giddy to devastated. A nomination for this Tony winner is certainly possible. Peter Maloney, Outside Mullingar — Maloney’s Tony Reilly was both ruthless and tender, and the actor had a moving death scene to boot. He could snag a nom. Jim Norton, Of Mice and Men — As injured ranch handyman Candy, Tony winner Norton made his day-dreaming, suffering character perfectly heart-wrenching. Surely, nominators will keep him in mind. Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night — Was Maria, Olivia’s lady-in-waiting, always this smirky and fun? Chahidi milked every moment and we lapped it up. Dear nominators, please, please, please remember this priceless performance! Left to Right: Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons — Daly mines a complicated and arguably cold character for sympathy and humanity. It’s no small feat and nominators will notice. Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie — Jones brought nuance and pluck to the towering role of Amanda Wingfield, and she won raves from critics and audiences alike. A nom is definitely hers. Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill — This five-time Tony winner keeps audiences rapt with her fully realized embodiment of Billie Holiday. She’s the Audra McDonald; she’ll be nominated! Left to Right: Reed Birney, Casa Valentina — Nominators are sure to honor Birney’s impeccable take on cross-dresser Charlotte, who crusades for her cause while keeping calm in her Chanel suit. Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night — Rylance had audiences howling at his take on repressed noblewoman Olivia. A nomination seems imminent. Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie — Smith found multiple levels to explore in the role of the Gentleman Caller, and he’s bound to be rewarded with a nomination. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT Left to Right: Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie — Keenan-Bolger’s thoughtful take on the delicate, shy Laura Wingfield will not be overlooked. Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun — As the clear-eyed Ruth, Okonedo brings a weary honesty to her role as a tired but strong wife and mother. Her performance will likely be honored. Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun — Tony winner Rose’s youthful exuberance in the role of the uncompromising Beneatha is sure to earn her a place among the nominees. Usually when the Tony nominations are announced, the heads around the table at the Broadway.com offices are bobbing up and down in agreement. In other words, we all know (or think we know) what’s what long before the names are read. That’s not the case this year. The 2013-2014 season left so many acting categories wide open that we are really scratching our heads. So, herewith you’ll find a totally unscientific (possibly dead wrong) stab at a Tony forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a Broadway.com Shout Out to actors we hope the nominators will remember. Read on for our Tony cheat sheet for performances in plays! Left to Right: Denzel Washington, A Raisin in the Sun — Perhaps he’s long in the tooth for the role, but a Tony winner that got the President to see the show can’t be ruled out. Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night — Barnett wowed critics on both sides of the pond as gender-bending (in more ways than one) heroine Viola. A strong contender. Santino Fontana, Act One — Fontana hits all the highs and lows as aspiring young writer Moss Hart, and he never stops moving while doing it. Definitely in the mix! Mark Rylance, Richard III — A two-time Tony winner reigning over Broadway as a manipulative malcontent with a deformity? Catnip for nominators. Patrick Stewart, Waiting for Godot — It’s hard to imagine nominating McKellen without the other half of the world’s most favorite bromance. How to choose between them? BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY FRONTRUNNERS IN THE MIX IN THE MIX BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY View Commentslast_img read more

Lips Together, Teeth Apart Star Tracee Chimo’s Photo Stash!

first_img My favorite spot in the theater “I know this is weird, but my favorite place in almost every theater is the view from the audience. I find it comforting for some reason. In this case, at Second Stage, I like the very back of the house.” The crew member who saves my ass “Alisa. I do not know what I’d do without this gal. She’s got this [email protected]# down.” My favorite fan gift “A teenager from Russia brought this to me one night. I was beside myself. I love it.” The best thing to eat on a two-show day “Lentil soup from the Westerly. I know it looks like poop…but it’s my favorite soup! I love lentils!” My good luck charm “Nathan Lane and I shot a pilot together last year and became fast friends. I leaned on him a lot throughout the process of Lips Together. On opening night, he surprised me with two dozen roses. I dried them, and it feels like they bring me some luck every night.” The best costume piece I wear “Oh, I just think these are the sweetest bloomers I’ve ever seen. [Costume designer] Esosa and I picked ’em together.” The always hilarious Tracee Chimo is cracking up theatergoers in the Second Stage revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart, the groundbreaking drama by Terrence McNally. Chimo plays Chloe, who along with her husband, brother and sister-in-law, spends Fourth of July on Fire Island for the first time. Chimo gave Broadway.com an all-access pass at the Tony Kiser Theater, showing us her favorite costumes, snacks, hiding spots and more. Check out her photo stash below, then see Lips Together, Teeth Apart off-Broadway through November 23! My favorite co-star “This guy, Michael Chernus. I’d do anything with him.” The first thing I take off after curtain call “This is my belt in act three, and every night after curtain call I literally rip it off my body before I get to the stairs that go up to our dressing room!” My must-have pre-show snack “Almond Greens smoothie from Green Symphony. I gotta drink this every day. I’m a sucker for almond butter. And this is the only way to get me to eat my veggies.” Selfie right before I go onstage “Act one, here we go! Time to make breakfast!” My view from the stage “Here it is! This is me standing right in front of the pool.” My view from the stage door “We don’t technically have a stage door at Second Stage, so I leave work every night the same way you leave when you see the show.” The coolest prop in the show “These glasses make me laugh every night when I get back to my dressing room after act two. Sally Jessy Raphael!” View Commentslast_img read more

Guatemalan and U.S. Troops Team Up to Provide Health Services to Citizens

first_imgThe Mountain Operations Brigade is providing security, logistical support, and facilities to U.S. personnel, who are administering medical and dental services to thousands of Guatemalans via three Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETEs). The Guatemalan Military is also serving as the liaison to San Marcos’s residents throughout Beyond the Horizon 2016 , which will benefit 100,000 people in the Central American country. The MEDRETEs are providing free medical exams, which include pediatric, optometry, dermatology, gynecology, and cardiovascular services to patients in Aldea Villa Hermosa, Esquipulas Palo Gordo, San Pablo, La Blanca, and San Marcos. Doctors are aided by a clinical analysis laboratory. Guatemala’s Armed Forces and the United States also cooperate to fight organized crime by conducting joint training operations and maritime interdiction missions. The Guatemalan government, which views international cooperation as a key component of its national security strategy, is working with member countries of the Central American Armed Forces Conference, the Inter-American Defense Board, and the Organization of American States. “For these communities, poppy production represents their livelihood,” Maj. Gen. Bor stated. “As the state, we have to go in, attack the activity properly, and bring other satisfactory ways for them to be able to survive. It’s not an easy task.” Security and logistics Beyond the Horizon is also educational for Guatemala’s Armed Forces. “We are learning much as well. SOUTHCOM’s help allows us to take stock of what the communities’ needs are,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “Reducing conflict and curbing illegal activity are essential to be able to satisfy the needs that these communities have. Education, health, and safety are equal to development.” History of cooperation By Dialogo May 16, 2016 “Brazil has Military personnel working in our country on education issues,” Maj. Gen. Bor explained. “A team of Colombian Military personnel deployed in Guatemala deals with questions of how to fight drug trafficking. Our allies are ready to cooperate.” Five hundred members from the Guatemalan Army’s Mountain Operations Brigade, which is based in San Marcos, joined 400 U.S. Military members from all branches of the Armed Forces for the exercise that will run from February 24th-July 3rd. The U.S. contingent is relieved every 22 days “as a display of support and commitment to our country,” the Mountain Operations Brigade’s Commander, Major General Byron René Bor Illescas, told Diálogo. This exercise gives U.S. Troops valuable training to hone the skills they rely on during combat. Troops receive training in engineering, medicine, and logistics by working on construction projects that include building community centers, schools, health clinics, and water wells in underdeveloped communities, Diálogo reported in March. center_img The civilian population has a high level of trust in the Armed Forces. “ The presence of the Army in the fields of public safety, humanitarian relief, and many other fields is accepted and appreciated by the civilian population,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “Fortunately, we have 85 percent acceptance of Guatemalans.” Guatemala’s Armed Forces and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are working together to provide free health services to residents in the department of San Marcos through the humanitarian exercise “Beyond the Horizon 2016 . The joint exercise is part of SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) program, an annual initiative that provides medical, dental, and engineering services in Central and South American and Caribbean countries that need social and economic development. Guatemala has a close and ongoing cooperative relationship with the United States. “Relations are at the highest point in their history,” Maj. Gen. Bor stated. “We have open cooperation. It’s the best thing that could be happening to Guatemala through the modernization processes that has been implemented ever since the signing of the peace accords. Our action plan is focused mainly on respecting human rights.” Guatemala’s ministries of Education and Social Assistance, non-governmental organizations, and private organizations are also participating in the initiative. However, the Armed Forces of Colombia, Chile, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago are participating as observers so they can all broaden their experience with these types of humanitarian relief missions. Guatemala’s Armed Forces and the United States have been cooperating on humanitarian operations since 1993. Beyond the Horizon was held in the departments of Jutiapa in 2001; San Marcos in 2007 and 2012; Puerto Barrios in 2010; Petén in 2010; Cobán in 2012; and Zacapa in 2014. The initiative has also been held in other countries, such as El Salvador. Fighting poppy production San Marcos borders Chiapas, Mexico, and its highland region, known as the “Golden Poppy Triangle,” is home to most of the poppy fields that are cultivated for the production of heroin. The drug has a value of about $30,000 per kilogram at the Guatemalan border with Mexico, El Universal reported on February 16, 2015. The U.S. government is also bolstering education in the Central American country by supporting the construction of two schools: one in Caserío Nueva Florida, in the town of Catarina, and another in the town of San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta. In addition, U.S. Troops are also constructing medical clinics in three villages and towns within the department of San Marcos. “Personnel have been participating during these medical campaigns and have been providing excellent Military-quality service,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “The final objective is to provide humanitarian relief to people and give them the perspective that we as the Military are at their service. Guatemalan doctors are providing free external consultations in all specialties, including surgeries.” last_img read more

No let up in MBO cull

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Human Evolution: Clear as Mud

first_imgEvolutionists speak of our descent from apes with an air of confidence and certainty, but connecting the dots requires a bit of artistic license.  Here are some examples of how any data, no matter how puzzling, can be made to fit the Darwinian picture.Stretchy Clocks:  A famous painting by Salvador Dali portrayed clocks draped over objects as if made of wet clay.  A new paper in PNAS1 announced that scientists have figured out why human beings developed much longer generation times (length of childhood) than the apes: our molecular clocks are stretchy.  “Humans have a slow molecular clock,” explained Michael Balter for [email protected]  By comparing gene differences between humans, gorillas and chimpanzees, the team decided all three clocks ticked at different rates.  Balter summarized, “Because the large difference in generation times between humans and chimps does not match the small difference between their molecular clocks, modern human generation times must have evolved recently—perhaps as early as 1 million years ago, the team calculates.”  And lo and behold, the teeth of Homo erectus seem to fit the picture of a shorter childhood.  They must be onto something.  Not everyone is convinced; Blair Hedges (U of Pennsylvania) believes that “generation time might only be one factor among many that control the molecular clock,” Balter wrote.Neanderthal Nimrod:  Forget the beetle-brained, stoop-shouldered Alley Oop image of Neanderthal Man.  Now we’re told by EurekAlert that they were ahead of the game: Neanderthals were just as good at hunting as modern man (probably better, since hunting is a lost art except in the frozen foods section).  Since the superior skill of modern man was part of the story of the disappearance of Neanderthals, “This study has important implications for debates surrounding behavioral evolution and the practices that eventually allowed modern humans like ourselves to displace other closely-related species.”  Maybe the moderns did better in Social Studies, the article suggests.Neo-Neanderthal:  Speaking of Neanderthal Man, a paper in Nature last November argued that Neanderthals apparently coexisted with moderns in the same cave.2  They used radiocarbon and stratigraphic analysis in a French cave to conclude, “These data strongly support the chronological coexistence—and therefore potential demographic and cultural interactions—between the last Neanderthal and the earliest anatomically and behaviourally modern human populations in western Europe.”  See also a related article on MSNBC.Face the Facts:  Last month in PNAS,3 a team of anthropologists kicked out another prop holding up the standard story of where Europeans came from.  A study of 24 facial features of human fossils around Europe found only “a questionable contribution of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age to European craniofacial form.” The surprise is that the Neolithic peoples of Europe and their Bronze Age successors are not closely related to the modern inhabitants, although the prehistoric/modern ties are somewhat more apparent in southern Europe.  It is a further surprise that the Epipalaeolithic Natufian of Israel from whom the Neolithic realm was assumed to arise has a clear link to Sub-Saharan Africa.  Basques and Canary Islanders are clearly associated with modern Europeans.  When canonical variates are plotted, neither sample ties in with Cro-Magnon as was once suggested. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So what’s my new line?  “The data treated here support the idea that the Neolithic moved out of the Near East into the circum-Mediterranean areas and Europe by a process of demic diffusion but that subsequently the in situ residents of those areas, derived from the Late Pleistocene inhabitants [sic], absorbed both the agricultural life way and the people who had brought it.”  Any questions?Cannibal Animal:  Mike Balter explored a recent claim on the human evolution story in ScienceNow: are we descended from cannibals?  Apparently not; an earlier study appears flawed.  Thank God (see our cannibal parable).Ethiopia: The Place to Be:  Rex Dalton ventured out with paleoanthropologists to get the view from Afar (Ethiopia, that is), where rival teams of researchers with “hominid fever” dodge bullets of political rivals, avoid lions, endure oppressive heat, protect their secret spots and bounce around on rattletrap trucks to search for their precious quarry: hominid bones.  In his Indiana-Jones style account in Nature,4 Dalton gave more an impression of a gold rush than a reliable scientific enterprise, complete with claim jumpers and inflated announcements.  “This is where it all began,” they are convinced, as Dalton “gets on the trail with a team of devoted experts who just live for the next find.”  A few, like Tim White, are trying to be careful.  “White dislikes what he calls ‘hominid treasure hunts’, where researchers move in for short field visits to grab hominids and then headlines,” Dalton wrote.  As for White’s most recent find, it was a surprise: “hominids – then the earliest known – lived in a wooded environment, not a savannah as previously thought”  (see also 09/01/2005 story).  Any consensus theory seems Afar way off.Egypt U:  Science,5 however, announced last October that Egypt is the place to be.  A find in Egypt by Seiffert et al.6 was described by Jaeger and Marivaux as “Shaking the Earliest Branches of Anthropoid Primate Evolution.”  The paper began, “Early anthropoid evolution in Afro-Arabia is poorly documented, with only a few isolated teeth known from before ~35 million years ago….”Spanish-American War:  Believers in the 40,000-year-old Mexican footprints are not giving up without a fight, reported BBC News (see 11/30/2005 story).  Dr. Silvia Gonzalez seems to have a ready answer for every skeptical criticism.  That makes some of her critics even more skeptical.Intercontinental Ballistics:  National Geographic News last month entertained the novel suggestion that the favored “Out of Africa” theory might be wrong.  Maybe they evolved from Asia.  Interesting; provocative; possibly persuasive; not convinced – those represent some reactions so far.  Nature studied the suggestion also7:  “We show here that it is time to develop alternatives to one of palaeoanthropology’s most basic paradigms: ‘Out of Africa 1’,” wrote Robin Dennell and Wil Roebroeks.  The more basic paradigm, of course, is that mankind did evolve from somewhere.  That paradigm is not on trial. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 1Elango et al., “Variable molecular clocks in hominoids,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print January 23, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0510716103.2Gravina, Mellars and Ramsey, “Radiocarbon dating of interstratified Neanderthal and early modern human occupations at the Chatelperronian type-site,” Nature 438, 51-56 (3 November 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature04006.3Brace et al., “ The questionable contribution of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age to European craniofacial form,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print December 21, 2005, 10.1073/pnas.0509801102.4Rex Dalton, “Ethiopia: Awash with fossils,” Nature 439, 14-16 (5 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/439014a.5Jaeger and Marivaux, “Shaking the Earliest Branches of Anthropoid Primate Evolution,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5746, 244-245 , 14 October 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1118124].6Seiffert et al., “Basal Anthropoids from Egypt and the Antiquity of Africa’s Higher Primate Radiation,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5746, 300-304 , 14 October 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1116569].7Dennell and Roebroeks, “An Asian perspective on early human dispersal from Africa,” Nature 438, 1099-1104 (22 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04259.Anyone who has worked around scientists enough knows that a community of specialists in a given subject takes on the character of a club.  Scientific conferences have a certain social structure and networking protocol similar to a small town.  Everyone knows everyone else, and gossip is a favorite pastime.  While exciting finds and new twists on the plot are welcome (though usually greeted somewhat more dispassionately than at a healing service), there is a certain code that guards against anyone straying too far out of bounds.  You can wear a cowboy hat, but act like a maverick and you are likely to be shunned more than overtly criticized.  For many, that is too much a price to pay.  The respect of one’s peers is vital for a scientific career.    So here we have the paleoanthropology crowd, roaming around the globe or wading through rivers of genes for their nuggets, trying to fit them into a huge crown for Charlie.  The crown is much bigger than the specks found so far, so it will take a long time to complete.  To finance these expeditions, the participants need to convince their home institutions, usually funded with government grants, that it is all worthwhile because we are getting warmer looking for just the little piece that fits into the niche we have selected to work on.  (The shape and style of the crown, of course, has already been decided, along with the wearer; only the details of gem placement provide some artistic license.)    Is this really a search for truth?  Could it be a massive case of self-deception that relishes the process more than certainty?  Might it be that Big Science is in a rut, entrenching a social protocol guaranteed to keep mavericks in line and preserve paradigmatic presuppositions?  You can see why any outsider looking at this game and deciding that it is all bunk, all unsupported and contradictory nonsense that does nothing to disprove the belief of the majority of people on this planet that humans were created, would not receive a very friendly reception.  It’s too late to turn back now.  Too much is riding on it.  The show must go on.  (And keep those funds flowing.)last_img read more

Live Blog: Interview with Parker Harris, Co-Founder Salesforce.com

first_imgTags:#cloud#news alex williams Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I am in a meeting with Parker Harris, the co-founder of Salesforce.com. We have 30 minutes. I am live blogging our discussion. We are starting the conversation with a chat about activity streams.3:35 p.m.: Where we will go – activity stream is more about business and work. it is moving into workflows and a user interface. Salesforce. com is working on ways to use activity streams with task management, activity management — working with activity streams around customer service. Parker compared it to threaded discussions. Customer service as an e-mail stream is a threaded discussion. A forum is a threaded discussion. These are all ways to interact ina service world. Salesforce.com is working how to bring together the different processes in an organization into the UI that comes with activity streams. It will be a common interface. In its beginnings, Salesforce.com looked to Amazon and other consumer Web properties. Today, the influence is Facebook. It’s Cloud 2. It comes to me in an activity stream. The system is intelligently telling me what is going on. That intelligence will be increasingly important.3:43 p.m.: We are now talking about the way multiple presence applications are running at once. Harris is talking about the collaboration that can happen and how they see it at Salesforce.com. People are geo-located all over the world. That’s where DimDim fits in. It can be used in tandem with activity streams and other collaboration tools.3:47 p.m. How does Radian6 fit in? Salesforce.com acquired Radian6 last week. He says Radian6 is less about collaboration. It is more about social monitoring. You can ask: “Are there issues, are there complaints? Is the marketing campaign getting the right response?” Salesforce.com launched its Super Bowl ad and the free version of Chatter. They wanted to see how people were responding. How do you see the activity around an event like the Super Bowl? How do you know what is going on? Radian6 is monitoring what is going on. You can start to see what is going on. Are customers asking for this? Parker says Radian6 has a business for this. There is definite demand. For example, Dell is a customer. They started using a light offering. Dell wanted to step up to something more on an enterprise scale. They started using Radian6. And they love it. Radian6 is a a product is more for the mid-market and enterprise. 3:53 p.m.: I think that is impying we are not doing other things, Harris said when I asked about Dennis Howlett’s post that questioned the Salesforce.com strategy. in the post., Howlett said that Salesforce.com is not talking about in-memory technology. Harris said there is a reason the company is going toward Chatter. People are looking for new ways to communicate. Chatter has been a game changer for Salesforce. To Dennis Howell point – Harris said the company still has amazing technology that is not in production. it is more about memory than in disk. He sad he is happy to buy Dennis a beer and discuss. I said to please include me as well.3:57 p.m.: I asked how is database.com coming along. The company is exposing database.com to Heroku so anyone can use it. It is being developed so you can write Ruby code and plug into the database. You could write code anywhere for that matter, he said. Choose your language, choose your tools. You will take data from Force.com. To Dennis point, maybe in-memory is important. There’s the bell from the Port of SanFrancisco. And we have to go. Thanks, Parker!4:03 p.m. That wraps things up with our brief interview. Parker had to go to a meeting with Robin Harris, Dell’s CIO and I have to get to Doc Searls talk at Sugarcon. We’ll be back soon!center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

India vs England: 5 things to know about 2nd Test at Lord’s

first_imgThe Anderson-Jadeja row has added more spice to the 2nd Test at Lord’sA lifeless pitch at Trent Bridge ensured the first test between England and India was drawn, despite some remarkable individual performances.The teams have only three days off to prepare for the second test at Lord’s on Thursday.To end its first streak in 21 years of nine straight tests without a win, England has recalled left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, less than a year after a nightmare debut in the Ashes at The Oval. England has played three tests this summer without a specialist spinner and drawn two and lost one to Sri Lanka. Kerrigan says, if he’s picked, the Ashes experience will weigh on him, but he’s a better player for it.Lord’s is normally a seamers’ track, and India has won only once there (1986) in 16 tests, but both sides were also expecting an England-friendly pitch at Nottingham.Here are five things to know ahead of the second test:ANOTHER SLOW PITCH: Trent Bridge groundsman Steve Birks apologized before the first test for preparing a flat pitch, but that was partly to help Nottingham recoup expenses by trying to ensure the test lasted five days. Lord’s counterpart Mick Hunt had some big-shot visitors on Tuesday, including England captain Alastair Cook, coach Peter Moores, managing director Paul Downton and board pitch consultant Chris Wood. None made a public statement about the conditions, but England batsmen Sam Robson and Gary Ballance were hoping for, more than expecting, a lively track.advertisementEngland seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled 113 overs at Trent Bridge, and won’t be excited if Lord’s is also placid. Anderson and Cook warned the fast bowlers won’t be able to endure all five tests of the series if they aren’t given pitches with more seam and bounce. “We need to have a contingency plan,” Cook says. “We just need a pitch with a bit of life in it. Lord’s looked green two days before the start, but its condition on Thursday morning will be what counts. It looked the same two days before the first Sri Lanka test in June.”COOK STILL SEARCHING FOR RUNS: Cook’s batting performances have been as lifeless as the Trent Bridge track. He was out for 5 in the first test, and spared from batting again by India batting out the fifth day to confirm a draw. That pressure hasn’t decreased, as his average this year has dropped to less than 14, with a top score of 28. In that department, he was showed up by the tailenders. Last-man Anderson hit his highest test score of 81, and India’s No. 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar rattled off two half centuries. Meanwhile, his captaincy decisions were better, but each side was always going to struggle to bowl out the other twice.PRESSURE STILL ON DHONI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not have the best of tests as India captain at Trent Bridge. He ran himself out on 82 in the first innings and ran out of ideas during Joe Root’s and Anderson’s record 10th-wicket partnership of 198. His bowlers continually bowled short to Anderson, despite the pitch keeping the ball low. His fielding setup often allowed Root a single to retain the strike. Both of those errors allowed England back into the game and took the impetus away from India, a mistake he won’t want to repeat at Lord’s.BROAD AND ANDERSON KEY: Broad and Anderson bowled almost 60 overs each at Trent Bridge. Their importance to Cook and England cannot be understated, and the state of the pitch will determine how badly the England captain needs to use them. The effect of pitches that neutralize them, and a test series crammed within 42 days, means Cook is under an extra burden to manage his strike force. Broad is also managing a knee injury that ruled him out of the one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.KOHLI OFF FORM: Virat Kohli was identified as India’s dangerman ahead of the first test. The 25-year-old averages 44 from 25 tests but could manage only nine runs across two innings on a surface made for batting at Trent Bridge. Broad dismissed him both times, and Kohli will be wary of that developing into a trend.last_img read more

Less than 50 days to the Touch World Cup

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere is less than 50 days until the eyes of the touch football world are fixed on Australia.Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire, NRL Head of Football and TFA board member Todd Greenberg, Federation of International Touch secretary general Bill Ker, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and mayor of Coffs Harbour City Council Denise Knight were on hand to countdown the final few weeks before the 2015 Touch World Cup begins on April 29 at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.Teams from 25 countries will participate over the five-day tournament led by the host nation Australia, who is looking for an unprecedented eighth consecutive World Cup Champions Trophy victory.“We are purely excited about the month ahead with the Touch World Cup,” Mr Maguire said.“There will be 93 teams across nine divisions and from 25 countries participating. “We are looking forward to bringing the world to Coffs Harbour.”Mr Fraser was excited to have another international event in his region.“To have the [touch] world here, will be unbelievable. Coffs Harbour is already on the international stage, this is just an addition,” Mr Fraser said.Councillor Knight described Coffs Harbour as the “touch capital of Australia”, and few could argue with her as the National Touch League is being played in Coffs Harbour this week.Federation of International Touch secretary general Bill Ker said half of the member nations will be playing at the World Cup.“The sprinkling of the countries that are coming are widespread. They’re coming from Europe, the Americas, Asia, pacific area, and right across from Africa and the UAE,” Mr Ker said.“We are on an express train and it’ll be here before we know it.“We are thrilled to put on the best international show touch has to offer.”Mr Greenberg was looking forward to the tournament.“There is a place on the field for everyone; it’s one of our [NRL’s] catchphrases. As we walk around the field you can see that. Whether you want to play at the elite level in the NRL Premiership or touch football with men and women across the country, there is an opportunity to be involved.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information about the 2015 Touch World Cup in the following ways: Websites www.internationaltouch.orgwww.touchworldcup.comwww.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus  Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksTouch World Cuplast_img read more

Call for NTL referees

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified level 4, 5 and 6 referees to be considered to attend the 2019 National Touch League (NTL) from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th March 2019.Nominations close 19th December 2018.The event will again be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, NSW.We encourage you to read the following information closely: Referee Nomination InformationIf you have any questions, contact Colette Ritchie at TFA via [email protected]last_img