The book is always better than movie. There’s a reason that this is true. If you read the book first, you’ve already created the picture in your mind. Your pictures are the right pictures. Now some big shot Hollywood director comes along and shares his vision of what the pictures look like, and it’s nothing like your pictures. He gets it all wrong.The director leaves out some of the scenes that you loved. He takes some artistic liberties and changes things to make the picture flow. He even adds characters that don’t appear anywhere in the book. Even your friends say that the movie isn’t as good as the book.But your friends wouldn’t like your movie any better than you would like theirs. Your picture is not only different than the director’s picture, it’s different than your friend’s picture too. What you see in your mind, even though you are reading the same text, is uniquely your own, isn’t it?We can’t see the mental images we conjure up in someone else’s mind. Even when we have words that communicate some meaning, the way we interpret those words can be unique. What is “a long time?” What does “fast” mean? What does “better quality” mean? What does “expensive” mean?The more work you do to understand and see someone else’s pictures, the greater likelihood that you can help them achieve their vision. The quicker you are to believe that you know what someone else means without grasping their real vision, the more likely you are to disappoint them with the picture that you present.QuestionsWhat book have you read that you loved way more than the movie?Why is your picture different than someone else’s?How do you uncover your prospect’s pictures?What do you do to ensure you understand what that picture looks like? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
New classrooms are to be constructed at the Black River High School in St. Elizabeth and the Portland-based Fair Prospect Primary School at a total cost of $31 million (US$257, 595).The project is being undertaken through grant funding from the Government of Japan under the Japan Grassroots Human Security Project.Four classrooms are to be added at Black River High for approximately $20 million (US$166,689) and two at Fair Prospect Primary for about $11 million (US$90,906).Minister of Education, Youth & Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, welcomed the assistance from the Government of Japan.“Both Black River High and Fair Prospect Primary are in need of support. We intend to do further work and it’s on our budget to build out the capacity of Black River High School, so that they can come off the shift (system),” he said at the grant signing ceremony at the Ministry on Friday (March 9).Senator Reid called on the students and teachers of both institutions to appreciate the investments being made.“Don’t expect us to be making so much investment in our schools and we’re not getting returns, so we have to always encourage accountability and performance. We are encouraging discipline among our students and our teachers and all of this is putting together a package to build a better Jamaica,” he said.Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki, in his remarks, said the resources being provided will ultimately strengthen the learning environment at the institutions.He informed that the grant signing ceremony was the sixth in Jamaica under the Japan Grassroots Human Security Project since the start of his tenure five months ago. “Don’t expect us to be making so much investment in our schools and we’re not getting returns, so we have to always encourage accountability and performance. We are encouraging discipline among our students and our teachers and all of this is putting together a package to build a better Jamaica,” he said. New classrooms are to be constructed at the Black River High School in St. Elizabeth and the Portland-based Fair Prospect Primary School at a total cost of $31 million (US$257, 595). Story Highlights Principal of Fair Prospect Primary, Juliet Bailey-Walters, said the institution of 212 pupils also faces overcrowding and has had to find innovate ways to accommodate students. “I have signed five grant contracts providing funding assistance to Jamaica’s health and education sectors in respect of the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, Oracabessa Primary School, Spanish Town Hospital, Iris Gelly Primary and Buff Bay Primary with total funding in excess of $30 million,” he indicated.Chairman of Black River High School, Vincent Guthrie, expressed gratitude for the improvements to be undertaken.“It’s a big boost. The challenge that the Black River High School faces is chiefly about classrooms space. The school has been on shift for several years…and has outgrown its capacity. Our big thrust now is to get the school off shift so one of our targets is to see if we can indeed get adequate classrooms, maybe about 10, to be able to take the school off shift,” he said.Principal of Fair Prospect Primary, Juliet Bailey-Walters, said the institution of 212 pupils also faces overcrowding and has had to find innovate ways to accommodate students.“We are very grateful, because I know that this will go a very far way to improve the ambiance of the school and improve teaching and learning,” she noted.Through the Grassroots Human Security Project, the Government of Japan offers financial assistance for development programmes designed to meet the diverse needs in rural communities of developing countries.
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto-born actress Sarah Gadon has been working in the entertainment industry since she was in elementary school, but she considers her role in Netflix’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace” the first chance she’s had to truly express her range as a performer. “When I read this, I said ‘This is the most complicated, intelligent, difficult job I have ever been presented with, so I should chase it!’ Gadon says. “I’m really grateful for that opportunity because I know they’re few and far between.”What was the biggest allure of the project for you? Were you a fan of the novel?“Alias Grace” was not an Atwood book that I studied in school, so I actually hadn’t read it before I read the scripts. What drew me immediately to the project was Sarah Polley. I was a huge fan of hers both as an actor and as a writer/director. She has been a bit quiet for the past couple of years, and I knew she was going to come back with something amazing that she had been simmering with, and so as soon as I got the call that this was Sarah’s brainchild, I was like “Oh my god, yes yes yes!” She’s so smart and special, and I’ve kind of always felt this weird secret kinship to her because she also grew up in Toronto and came up in the landscape of Canadian filmmaking like me. SARAH GADON – PHOTO BY WESTON WELLS FOR VARIETY What was your first introduction to Atwood’s work?I read “Oryx and Crake” in school, but a lot of what I read of hers were her more sci-fi books and writings.READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Renu Modi, Director, Gallery Espace, presents a solo show of terracotta sculptures and drawings by Delhi-based artiste Manjunath Kamath at Gallery Espace, Community Centre, New Friends Colony in the Capital from January 16 till February 28. Manjunath Kamath creates Modern Narratives out of Classical, Traditional Sculptures in his new body of work titled Postponed Poems. Postponed Poems is the aggregate of Kamath’s distinctive imagery rich with the narratives of everyday life, interwoven with mythologies and intimate stories. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kamath’s collecting hobby of over 30 years forms the basis for understanding of his new body of sculptural work. The old and aged classical and folk sculptures holding the trace and weight of time becomes the subject for his work. The artiste is fascinated with the amazing forms of the past such as traditional temple sculptures, broken parts of old havelis, ritual masks and icons of god and goddesses. The artiste pours out his heart and soul and captures such antiques in terracotta sculptures. His works signify beyond the mere meaning of realistic representation, to becoming a kind of shamanistic process that honors aged things and elaborately traces the various lives and sensibilities inherent in the objects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAt the same time, Kamath imparts his signature flavor of witticism in his interpretation of the secular, mythological and the historical. Hence, his terracotta sculptures in this show are inspired by classical aesthetics but turned into a modern metaphor replete with humor and satire.Says the 42-year-old artiste: “I have a great fascination for traditional classical sculpture and paintings from my childhood, and I still remember that I spent hours looking at those sculptures in temple chariots and on walls. The temples and churches are like art museums for me, and that was how I was introduced to art. I have spent hours with local craftsmen watching them make idols of Gods and Goddesses. Eventually, I even started collecting classical sculptures and paintings like ritual masks, wooden and metal sculptures, parts of temple chariots, old terracotta sculptures. It was natural then that I would want to bring the aesthetics of this classical style into my works but interpret them on my own terms. It is like reconnecting to our roots.”Kamath has been conceptualizing the show for the last 5 years, and the attempt to use classical influence in contemporary art was a challenge. Kamath is also showing paper works which include 30 small drawings, 9 small Indian miniature-styled paper works and 15 gold leaf portraits drawing reference from the Buddhist Thangka paintings.When: January 16 to February 28 Where: Gallery Espace, Community Centre, New Friends Colony
Darjeeling: The minimum wage amount calculated by the state government will be announced from Uttar Kanya by Labour minister Malay Ghatak on July 30. This assurance led to the deferring of agitation programmes, including tea estate shutdowns and a general strike by the Joint Forum of tea unions earlier slated for July 23, 24 and 25.Tripartite talks were held between the state government, Joint Forum and associations representing the management at Uttar Kanya, the mini secretariat in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We communicated the progress in implementation of minimum wages and the details on how it is being calculated. On July 30, Labour minister Malay Ghatak will make an official announcement on the amount that has been fixed as minimum wage. As we have made much progress, we would request the Joint Forum to lift their agitation programmes, thereby maintaining peace and tranquility in the gardens,” stated Jawaid Akhtar, labour commissioner.The Joint Forum (a conglomeration of 26 operating tea unions), demanding the implementation of minimum wages in tea gardens, had called for a closure of all tea gardens in North Bengal on July 23, 24 and 25, along with a general strike in the tea belt on July 24. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough the unions operational in the Hills had decided not to enforce the bandh, they had called for stopping tea dispatch from the Hill gardens.Following the tripartite talks, the Joint Forum went into a huddle to decide on the fate of the agitation programme. “As the state government initiative is positive, we have decided to defer the 3-day strike. This will be announced in all the tea gardens on July 20, before the workers go to work. We will attend the meeting on July 30 at Uttar Kanya. However, if the announcement on that day is anti-worker, we will draw up our future course of action which will include a more severe agitation after July 30,” stated Zia Ur Alam, convenor of the forum. Alam stated that though the government was positive, the attitude of the management is clearly anti-worker.Towing the Chief Minister’s line, Dola Sen, president, INTTUC, stated: “Bandh will not resolve anything. It is the workers who suffer in a bandh. Our government is pro-worker. After coming to power, the daily wage of workers that stood at Rs 66 in 2011, has been incremented to Rs 159 at present.”The minimum wage is being calculated taking into consideration various components including cost of food, clothing, housing and the 1:3 composition (3 dependents per worker). Disbursement of PF, gratuity and filling up of vacancies in the gardens were also discussed in the tripartite meeting.
May 22, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read After a wave of high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked, the microblogging service has taken its security up a notch — or two. Starting today, users will be able to add two-factor log-in authentication to their accounts, Twitter announced on its official blog.Usually, when you sign in to twitter.com, you have to enter your Twitter handle or email, and a password. With two-factor authentication, you’ll also have to enter a six-digit code that Twitter will text to your phone each time you sign in.Twitter has come under fire in recent months after the accounts of big-name brands like Burger King and Jeep were hacked and errant tweets were sent. For business owners, having a social media account taken over by hackers can result in a PR headache.Most recently, the Associated Press’s Twitter was hacked and tweets were sent reporting explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama had been injured. The fake news tweets sent the U.S. stock market sliding by more than 140 points. To set up two-factor log-in authentication for your business, go to your account settings page, and then click on “Require a verification code when I sign in.” After providing your email address and a verified phone number, Twitter says it will send a test text to confirm that your phone is able to receive the messages.Related: 10 Tips for Using Twitter Like a Pro Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »
Drive. ai has announced that it is to begin trialling a self-driving car taxi service in Frisco, Texas this Summer. The trial is to last 6 months as the organization works closely with the Frisco authorities to finalize the details of the routes and to ‘educate’ the public about how they can be used. But although the news has widely been presented as a step forward for the wider adoption of self-driving cars, the story in fact exposes the way in which self-driving car engineers are struggling to properly disrupt. And that’s before it has even begun. Drive. ai’s announcement comes shortly after a number of high profile incidents involving self-driving cars. In March, a woman was killed by an Uber self-driving car in Arizona. In May, a Waymo van was involved in a collision in Arizona too. This puts a little more pressure on Drive.ai, and means the trial will be watched particularly closely. Any further issues will only do more to make the wider public resistant to autonomous vehicles. The more issues that appear, the more the very concept of self-driving vehicles begins to look like a Silicon Valley pipe dream. It starts looking like a way for tech entrepreneurs to take advantage of underfunded public infrastructure in the name of disruption and innovation. And this is precisely the problem with the forthcoming Drive.ai trial. For the trial to work, Drive.ai are dependent on the support and collaboration of the Frisco authorities. Yes, there are some positives to this – there’s an argument that the future of public life depends on a sort of hybrid of entrepreneurialism and state support. But we’re not just talking about using machine learning or deep learning to better understand how to deploy resources more effectively, how to target those most in need of support. In this instance, we’re talking about a slightly clunky system. It’s a system everyone recognises as clunky – after all, that’s why public ‘education’ is needed. Disruption should be frictionless. Self-driving taxis aren’t. Whatever you think of Uber and Airbnb, both organisations have managed to disrupt their respective industries by building platforms that make certain transactions and interactions frictionless. However, when it comes to self-driving taxi services, things are much different. They’re not frictionless at all. That’s why Drive.ai are having to work with the Frisco authorities to sell the idea to the public. Disruptive tech works best when people immediately get the concept. It’s the sort of thing that starts with wouldn’t it be great if… No one thinks that about self-driving cars. The self-driving bit is immaterial to most users. Provided their Uber drivers are polite and get them to where they want to go, that’s enough. Of course, some people might even like having a driver they can interact with (god forbid!). Sure, you might think I’m missing the point. Self driving cars will be more efficient, right? The cost savings will be passed on to end users. Of course it might – but seen in perspective, lots of things have become more efficient or automated. It doesn’t mean we’re suddenly all feeling the benefits of our savings. More importantly, this isn’t really disruption. You’re not radically changing the way you do something based on the needs of the people that use it. Instead you’re simply trying to shift their expectations to make it easier to automate jobs. In many instances we’re seeing power shift from public organizations to those where technical expertise is located. And that’s what’s happening here. Artificial intelligence needs to be accessible to be impactful Essentially, the technology is stuck inside the Silicon Valley organizations trying to profit from it. We know for a fact the deep learning and artificial intelligence are at their most exciting and interesting when its accessible to a huge range of people. In the case of Drive.ai, the AI is just the kernel around which all these other moving parts depend – the investment, infrastructure, and acceptance of the technology. Artificial intelligence projects work best when they seem to achieve something seamlessly, not when they require a whole operation just to make it work. The initiatives being run by Drive.ai and its competitors are a tired use of AI. It’s almost as if we’re chasing the dream of taxi cabs that can drive themselves simply because we simply should. And while there’s clearly potential for big money to be made by those organizations working hard to make it work, for many of the cities they’re working with, it might not be the best option. Public transport does, after all, already exist. Drive.ai needs users to adapt to the technology Perhaps Drive.ai might just make this work. But it’s going to be difficult. That’s because the problems of self-driving cars are actually a little different to those many software companies face. Typically the challenge is responding to the needs of users and building the technology accordingly. In this instance, the technology is almost there. The problem facing Drive.ai and others is getting users to accept it. What we learned from CES 2018: Self-driving cars and AI chips are the rage! Apple self-driving cars are back! VoxelNet may drive the autonomous vehicles
The second beta of iOS 12 has been released by Apple yesterday to the registered developers for testing purposes. This is two weeks after the first beta was rolled out following the much-awaited Worldwide Developers Conference. All thanks to the ongoing beta releases, beta 2 includes modifications to many of the new features which are introduced in iOS 12 such as changes to screen time, battery usage, and other smaller tweaks. Let’s have a look at the key updates that will change your iPhone or iPad for the better. Key Updates Battery Usage The usage charts that represent the activity and battery level for the past 24 hours is redesigned in iOS 12 beta 2. Also, fonts and wordings have been updated in this section. Source: macrumors Screen Time The existing toggle that helps with clearing the Screen Time data is removed. The interface which lets you add time limits to apps via the Screen Time screen has been modified. With the first beta, when you tapped an app it would go right into the limits interface. Now when you tap on an app, more information gets displayed on the app. This information includes daily average use, developer, category, and more. There’s a new splash screen available for the Screen Time feature. There are also new options in screen time which lets you view your activity on either one or all devices. Notifications The new iOS 12 comes with a feature where Siri makes suggestions to the user about limiting the notifications from the sparingly used apps. Now with beta 2, the Notifications section of the Settings app has a new toggle that will allow you to get rid of the suggestions made by Siri for the individual apps. Photos Search With the iOS 12 beta 2, the Photos now support more advanced searches. So if you search for a photo taken on a specific date, say, May 15, all the photos from all years taken on May 15 will pop up. This is quite different than the iOS 12 beta 1 behavior. Also, the font of listings such as “Media Types” and “Albums” has changed. Now the listings’ font size in the Photos app is way bigger, which makes it easier for the users to read. Voice Memos A new introductory splash screen is added for Voice Memos in iOS 12 beta 2. Apart from these updates, there are also certain minor changes which are listed below: On unlocking any content using Face ID, the iPhone X now says “Scanning with Face ID.” Now, on opening iPhone apps on the iPad, such as Instagram, these apps get displayed in a modern device size (iPhone 6) in both the modes namely: 1x and 2x. A new interface for auto-filling a password saved in iCloud Keychain is added. Podcasts app will now show ‘Now Playing’ indicator for the currently playing chapters. Time Travel references have been removed from the Watch app. The iOS 12 public beta will launch after iOS 12 developer beta 3 around June 26. The release date for the final version of iOS 12 is set sometime in September 2018. Also, there are some known issues regarding the latest iOS 12 beta 2 update that needs resolving. Registered developers can check out the release notes for beta 2 on the official Apple developer website. Read Next WWDC 2018 Preview: 5 Things to expect from Apple’s Developer Conference Apple releases iOS 11.4 update with features including AirPlay 2, and HomePod among others Apple introduces macOS Mojave with UX enhancements like voice memos, redesigned App Store, Apple News, & more security controls