Competition is Individual, Not Situational

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now As I was writing Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition, I realized something about salespeople and their view on competition.First, some make far too much about their competition, spending too much time worrying about their competitor’s irrational pricing, their dirty tricks, and the lies they tell their clients and prospects. The truth of the matter is that there is nothing you can do about how your competitor plays the game. Even if you ask them nicely to play fair and have a sense of honor and decency about the game, there are those who believe that “whatever it takes” is the right way to compete.Second, some people make too little of competition. They focus on their company, their products, their value proposition, believing it is necessary to lean on external factors to win deals without focusing on the value they create for the client as the primary source of competitive advantage. How does the smaller, seemingly weaker company beat their larger, stronger competitor?My experience in sales tells me this is not true. When I started to sell, I took the largest companies in my territory from the largest competitors in my space, even when my company measured our revenue in millions while my competitors measured theirs in billions. At some point, I recognized that sales is not situational; it’s individual. I was not competing with the billion-dollar company, I was competing with the salespeople in my territory. I didn’t need to beat the billion-dollar company, I just needed to beat their salespeople by creating greater value.All three of the books I have published have been around providing the mindset, skill sets, and toolkits necessary to compete and win, even when faced with competitors who seem to have every advantage. The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need is the competency model necessary to develop into someone worth buying from in the first place. The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales was a framework for gaining the commitments necessary to sell effectively and in a way that makes you consultative. Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition builds on these by providing you the strategies necessary to take your dream clients away from your competition, no matter how big.What you need to know is that better salesperson wins deals, not the bigger or better company. The team that creates greater value wins—and retains—their clients when they continue to help them drive new and better results.Eat Their Lunch is available on November 6th, 2018, but you can preorder it now. There are bonuses available for bulk purchases at eattheirlunchbook.com, including keynotes and workshops.last_img read more

Congress to move against rebel MLAs

first_imgThe Opposition Congress in Manipur is getting ready to move the High Court for the disqualification of six of its MLAs who defected to the ruling BJP. Party vice-president Khumukcham Joykishan said on Wednesday, “We are not happy with Speaker Yumnam Khemchand’s statement that the matter is under process.” T. Shyamkumar joined the BJP before the party formed a coalition government in the State on March 15. G. Zou, O. Lukhoi, Y. Surchandra, S. Bira and Ngamthang Haokip joined the party later. “All the six defectors should have resigned from the Assembly as CM N. Biren Singh did,” he said.last_img read more

Jammu cops to donate a day’s salary to martyrs’ kin

first_imgJammu and Kashmir police personnel will donate a day’s salary for the families of the cops who were killed in the line of duty in the State this year. Fourteen police personnel and two special police officers have sacrificed their lives in various militancy-related incidents during the year, according to a police spokesman.Police personnel will donate one day salary for the kin of the martyrs who have sacrificed their precious lives in the line of duty, the spokesman said.“To show solidarity and their concern for the bereaved families of these martyrs, J&K police personnel will donate one day salary of the current month,” he added.last_img read more

Man kills wife, two daughters in Ahmedabad

first_imgDharmesh Shah, a builder based in Ahmedabad, allegedly shot his wife and two daughters in their house on Judges Bungalow road in Bodakdev, Ahmedabad. After killing them, he himself informed the police control room. As soon as the control room received his call, senior cops rushed to the spot where he was sitting besides the three dead bodies on the floor. “He killed his two daughters: Helli, 22 and Diksha 17, and his wife Ami using his licensed fire arm,” a police official said, adding the accused has been taken for interrogation. The police have not spoken on the motive or exact cause but neighbours said there were frequent fights between the couple and Dharmesh had apparently suffered losses in business that led to heavy debts.last_img read more

‘Gender is hardwired into the brain, cannot be changed but sex of a person can’

first_imgRichie Gupta, senior consultant and director, Department of Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, who headed the team that performed the gender affirmation surgery on Taksh and Kritika speaks to The Hindu about gender dysphoriaHow long does the entire gender affirmation take? Can you break it down step-wise?Physical sex is assigned at birth based on appearance of external genitalia, while gender refers to innate and personal sense of being male or female. Normally, sex and gender are in alignment. These are out of alignment in certain individuals, thus resulting in a feeling that they are trapped in the wrong body. These individuals suffer constantly as they are in conflict with their body, family and social groups such as school and office. The discomfort arising from this conflict is known as GD [gender dysphoria]. Some GD persons are so severely affected that they wish to get rid of the wrong body type or organs, and are sometimes depressed or think of or may attempt suicide unless their GD is somehow relieved. This subset of individuals is known as transsexuals. These individuals are candidates for hormonal and gender affirmation surgery, which results in alleviation of GD. While gender is hardwired into the brain and cannot be changed, the sex of an individual can be changed. Hence, such surgery is known as ‘gender affirmation surgery.We follow a protocol for treatment of transsexuals, which is largely based on the 7th Standards of Care [SOCs], published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health [WPATH] in 2011, and modified by our experience. It encompasses a multidisciplinary approach for management of such patients with involvement of specialities like plastic surgery, psychiatry, psychology, endocrinology, gynaecology, etc. We have a multidisciplinary team — the Gender Identity Clinic [GIC], at Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.Surgery or hormone therapy is not offered to anyone who walks into the GIC claiming to have GD. It is important to first diagnose GD and differentiate it from other conditions like schizophrenia. This is done with the help of psychometric analysis and diagnosis by a mental health professional. As for any genital surgery in GD, two psychiatric opinions are required. We take one opinion from Fortis GIC and the other from an outside mental health professional competent in diagnosing GD. Psychiatrists also treat underlying neurosis such as depression, facilitate the patient’s assimilation in society, and encourage role-playing and real-life experience [living in the patient’s true gender role in society]. Generally, a real-life experience of at least two years is required before undergoing the surgery. Once the conditions mentioned above are met, the patient can start hormone therapy and later undergo surgery.For male-to-female transsexuals [transwomen], generally one surgery is required for removal of the penis, scrotum and testes, and reconstruction of the vagina, labia and clitoris. Also, the urethra is recessed to a female position. This costs around ₹1.8 lakh. Since breast enlargement occurs on hormone therapy, breast augmentation is usually deferred till 18 months and most transwomen do not require it. Breast augmentation is undertaken if desired by the transwoman before this period. Other optional surgeries include facial and voice feminisation surgeries, trimming of the Adam’s apple, hair transplants to produce a feminine hairline, rhinoplasty, liposuction, etc.What is the cost of gender affirmation surgery? For female-to-male transsexuals [transmen], generally three surgeries are required. These are: top surgery [reduction of breasts] which costs around ₹1.25 lakh; removal of female internal organs such as the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina, which costs around ₹1.8 lakh; and reconstruction of the penis, scrotum and urethra, which costs around ₹2.5 lakh to ₹3.5 lakh. Implantation of a penile erectile device [Indian implant] costs approximately ₹80,000. Optional surgeries include voice masculinisation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, etc. We usually plan an interval of three months between surgeries. The surgical process in transmen takes nearly a year.What is the follow– up required?After the surgeries, we recommend a follow-up once in six months for patients on hormone therapy to assess for any adverse effects.What are the complications associated with these surgeries?Like any other surgeries, complications such as bleeding and infection can happen. In penile reconstruction surgeries, there may be urinary leak or partial blockage. This may require further intervention. At what age can someone opt for these procedures?Hormone therapy in the form of puberty-delaying hormones can start at stage II/III of puberty [11 to 14 years]. Surgery is carried out after the age of legal majority [after 18 years]. Are there any support groups in India for persons who undergo gender affirmation surgeries to help assimilate them in society?We have started a support group called Khem, which includes GD individuals who have undergone the procedures, some parents and a few health professionals. We connect trans individuals to this group, if they so desire.last_img read more

UNITED REAL ESTATE & NAI UNITED EXPAND TO SOUTH DAKOTA

first_imgUNITED REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS AND N-A-I UNITED HAVE OFFICIALLY OPENED THEIR NEW OFFICES IN DAKOTA DUNES.KEVIN MCMANAMY, PRESIDENT OF UNITED REAL ESTATE, SAYS THE NEW BUILDING ESTABLISHES A MILESTONE FOR THE COMPANY, GIVING THEM A LOCAL OFFICE IN EACH STATE IN OUR METRO AREA:SIOUX CITY IOWA, SOUTH SIOUX CITY NEBRASKA AND NOW DAKOTA DUNES SOUTH DAKOTA.THE COMPANIES ARE LOCATED AT 400 GOLD CIRCLE IN DAKOTA DUNES.last_img

Circle Gets The Square

first_img 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Pocket squares are a staple of the well-appointed man, and have been in use since the ancient Grecian era.  But it was not until the 20th century, however, that the pocket square became the sign of a man with style.  Now, pocket circles are making the pocket square far from the only option.  Metro Retro Apparel, of Brooklyn, New York, and designer Kamrul Hasan, are ushering in the statement of the pocket circle, and not just for the sartorially gifted.The designer studied graphic design in college, and started his accessories business first as a hobby. Due to very positive feedback, he’s turned his avocation into a career in 2009.  Hasan is inspired by English and Scottish woolen plaids, vintage design patterns, as well as 1980’s fashions.  Also inspired by New York City and the New York style, where everything is made, he selects only the finest silk, cottons, wools, and cashmere, all from local distributors.“Our accessories are carefully handpicked and sourced within a 20-mile radius from local distributors. Each piece is handcrafted right within the city limits from the finest material and style directly from fashion’s pulse” noted Hasan.The distinctive pocket circles with their pal marrow stitched edge, create a elegant look that is both subtle and sophisticated, with an elegant, yet versatile flair. In addition to pocket circles, the brand offers scarves, neckties, bowties and pocket squares.So, be it with your favorite suit, sport coat or blazer, a pocket circle makes a great statement, that can be dressed for work, dinner, or night on the town, a pocket circle is a new staple. How to Score Discounted Tickets to the Best After-Party in NYC this Weekend Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man last_img read more

Second Progress Report Issued for Energy Strategy

first_imgImproving regulatory efficiency, becoming more competitive andsecuring reliable energy are three key initiatives highlighted inthe second progress report on Nova Scotia’s Energy Strategy. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke released the report today, March 4,at a breakfast meeting of the Offshore/Onshore TechnologiesAssociation of Nova Scotia. “This report demonstrates how far we have come in such a shortperiod of time,” said the minister. “Energy is about partnershipsand our partnerships with other governments, industry, localbusinesses, and communities are turning strategies into tangibleresults for Nova Scotians.” The report highlights government’s efforts to implement thestrategy over the past year and identifies the key priorities forthe Department of Energy in the months ahead. The progress reportprovides updates on a number of government initiativesencouraging exploration, promoting the oil and gas sector,opening up Nova Scotia’s electricity markets to competition,supporting energy efficiency and conservation and addressingclimate change. “As we move forward, we are meeting the challenges of this fast-paced, high risk industry with clear priorities and a solidfoundation that will continue to guide our efforts for years tocome,” said Mr. Clarke. “Our success will depend on our abilityto respond to new situations and make the most of newopportunities – the energy strategy gives us that ability.” The Energy Strategy was released in December 2001 to establish aguide for developing Nova Scotia’s energy potential for thebenefit of Nova Scotians. The strategy is designed to lay afoundation and set strategic directions while remaining flexibleto meet the changing challenges and opportunities in theprovince’s energy sector. With the creation of the Department of Energy in June 2002, thestrategy has evolved from a stand-alone initiative to a guidingforce. It has helped establish short and long term prioritiesthat are reflected in the department’s business plan, policies,and programs. The minister announced that future progress updateson implementation will be provided through the annual GovernmentAccountability Report. The Progress Report and an appendix updating each action item inthe Energy Strategy is available on the Department of Energywebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/energy .last_img read more

Training of Medical Lab Technologists Begins at Nova Scotia Community College

first_imgStudents who want to become certified medical laboratory technologists are now training in Nova Scotia to meet the increasing demand for the health-care specialty. The province is supporting the re-introduction of the program at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) to help ensure there will be enough health-care workers in the years ahead. “Training and recruiting more of these technologists is a top priority as we continue in our health human-resource planning,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “There’s a high demand for these health-care workers and this is an opportunity for people who want a fulfilling career in Nova Scotia.” The first class has begun a two-year diploma program at the community college’s new waterfront campus. The program will be accredited nationally and will accommodate 26 students per year. The first medical laboratory technologists class will graduate in 2009. Through a partnership between the departments of Education and Health, the province made a $1-million initial investment to finance the lab where the students train, and will also fund the annual operating costs of the program. For the past three years, Nova Scotia has partnered with New Brunswick Community College to train medical lab technologists. The Department of Health purchased 24 seats each year and Nova Scotia students who enrolled received a $4,000 bursary each year in exchange for an agreement to work here for two years after graduation. “NSCC is proud to offer this in-demand program in our state-of-the-art facilities at the waterfront campus,” said Pam Reid, vice-president of academic. “Already it is clear these students will make strong contributions to the communities in which they will live and work.” The investment in the medical lab technologists program is part of government’s skills initiative, Skills Nova Scotia. It involves working with partners to upgrade people’s skills, ranging from basic literacy to the use of the most advanced technologies, to further their success in education and the workplace.last_img read more

Sri Lanka pledges enhanced support for UN peacekeeping missions

Sri Lanka is ready to boost its participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the General Assembly today, also calling on the world community to take urgent action to counter climate change and devote greater aid to Africa.At the same time he recalled his country’s defeat last year of Tamil separatist rebels – “one of the most brutal, highly organized, well funded and effective terrorist organizations” – and stressed that Sri Lanka’s healing must evolve from within since “imposed external solutions” breed resentment and ultimately fail.“Leaders who have been chosen by their people often face difficult decisions,” he said. “They must be entitled to the goodwill and confidence of the international community with regard to the heavy burdens they are required to shoulder. The results of their decisions must be evaluated objectively and must be allowed to speak for themselves.“That is not to say countries should operate in isolation. In this globally inter-dependent world, we must work together where we can and constructively counsel each other where appropriate. The United Nations forms the bedrock of this interaction and in this role it will always receive the support of Sri Lanka.” Earlier this year Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the Sri Lanka conflict in accordance with a commitment on accountability made in a joint statement issued with Mr. Rajapaksa on a visit the island country in May 2009.The conflict, which had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people, ended with large numbers of Sri Lankans living as internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially in the north of the country.Today Mr. Rajapaksa said 90 per cent of the IDPs had returned to their original villages, now cleared of landmines, and had been provided with the essential infrastructure necessary to resume normal lives. “Over the past year, much has been reported and much has been said regarding my country’s liberation from terrorism,” he declared. “However, far less has been said of the suffering we had to undergo and the true nature of the enemy we have overcome…“The asymmetrical nature of conflicts initiated by non-State actors gives rise to serious problems which need to be considered in earnest by the international community.” 23 September 2010Sri Lanka is ready to boost its participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the General Assembly today, also calling on the world community to take urgent action to counter climate change and devote greater aid to Africa. read more

UN steps up aid to children evicted in Zimbabwe clearance campaign

The United Nations children’s agency issued an urgent appeal today for nearly $3 million as it steps up its support to tens of thousands of children evicted from their homes in Zimbabwe during the Government’s drive to clean up cities.“Many children are now without shelter during winter, others have been separated from their parents and caregivers, schooling has been widely disrupted, access to water is difficult, and respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases are a real threat,” said Dr. Festo Kavishe, representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Zimbabwe.Operations Restore Order and Murambatsvina began four weeks ago in what the Government called an effort, to clean up cities and fight the black market across Zimbabwe. As a result, tens of thousands of homes and market stalls have been destroyed.UNICEF has established access to most clean-up sites across the country and, with various ministries and a range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), is distributing aid to affected children and women, in the form of water and sanitation equipment, health supplies, blankets and plastic sheeting and other support.The agency is seeking more than $2.7 million to continue all existing activities and expand health care aid, deliver urgently needed non-food items, provide HIV prevention and care, and place social workers in key areas. read more

Kiel beats Fuchse in Berlin title closer

9TUS N-Lübbecke9266:2618:10 1THW Kiel10323:22620:0 10Frisch Auf! Göppingen10259:2768:12 2HSV Hamburg10312:26616:4 12HBW Balingen-Weilstetten9231:2587:11 ← Previous Story After 1287 days, Pick Szeged beats Veszprem! Next Story → Rikke Skov withdraws from Danish NT 8SC Magdeburg9264:25110:8 7MT Melsungen9267:25211:7 THW Kiel went across another obstacle on their way to the title. One of the teams for which it was seriously thought that they can stop Kiel’s terrific run, Fuchse Berlin, failed to beat Kiel in Berlin, and thus made it easier for Kiel in the remaining part of the season. In front of their own crowd, they were keeping close to Kiel all the time, but in the end the better team won, and it was Kiel that took the two points from this game with a 33:32 victory.Table: 6TBV Lemgo9257:24512:6 3Rhein-Neckar Löwen10296:26915:5 4SG Flensburg-Handewitt9246:24214:4 11HSG Wetzlar9244:2537:11 13TV Großwallstadt9227:2406:12 18TV Hüttenberg9218:2752:16 15VfL Gummersbach9257:2955:13 14TSV Hannover-Burgdorf9275:2906:12 17Eintracht Hildesheim9254:2832:16 16Bergischer HC9253:2834:14 5Füchse Berlin9259:24313:5 read more

Bilic on Hernandez Hes a natural goalscorer

first_imgFormer West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has praised Javier Hernandez as a “natural goalscorer” and believes that the forward’s struggles this season have mostly been down to a lack of pre-season training last summerThe Mexico international came on as a substitute on the second-half and scored a stunning curling effort to secure a point for West Ham in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.The strike marked the fourth time Hernandez had appeared as a substitute and scored at Stamford Bridge with Bilic, who was fired from the club earlier this season, praising the 29 year-old for what he brings to the side.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s a natural goalscorer and he’s there where he has to be. He’s not dangerous outside the box or around the box, but in the box, he’s the best finisher. Everything he thinks about is being in the box to come for a second ball,” said Bilic, according to Sky Sports.“He had some difficult times in the beginning. I don’t think he did all of pre-season because of the Confederations Cup but he is a brilliant goalscorer.“He’s a brilliant guy, a good person to have in the dressing room. He doesn’t cause problems, he can be angry but for five or ten minutes, no more than that. He is a good guy.”last_img read more

Coal Industry Also Experiencing Rail Issues

first_imgSeveral Members of Congress have contacted the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to raise concerns with the ability of some power plants in the Upper Midwest to get adequate coal supplies, in the face of  rail service disruptions that are occurring in that region. The Dairyland Power Cooperative, which provides power to residents in in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, expressed concern over BNSF rail delivery problems that could result in some plants being short on coal and the company being reliant on more costly truck shipments.last_img read more

Despite Google Changes Demand Media Foresees Q2 Growth

first_imgAccording to the release, “Nevertheless, the company currently expects that its year-over-year page view growth across its owned and operated content and media properties in the second quarter of 2011 will be comparable to, or greater than, the year-over-year page view growth achieved in the second quarter of 2010.” Demand Studios is set to announce first quarter 2011 results on May 5. In a statement released yesterday, Demand Media reaffirms the financial outlook for fiscal year 2011 given on February 22, despite the Google algorithm change which took place in late February.The release says, “Recent search engine algorithm changes have negatively impacted search driven traffic to some of our websites, including eHow.com, resulting in moderately lower year-to-date page view growth for the company’s owned and operated Content & Media properties compared to page view growth rates before the algorithm changes.” Demand Media has been known less than affectionately as a “content farm”, employing thousands of freelancers to produce short articles designed specifically to rank high in search engines. Writers are paid $15 for the majority of these articles. The algorithm change is targeted at, “…publishers who[se] low-quality sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other web sites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites-sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”last_img read more

Student molested on Rajdhani by staff

first_imgNew Delhi: The Railways has suspended a train ticket examiner and taken a waiter off duty after a passenger alleged that she was molested by them on board the Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express. An acquaintance of the woman tweeted on Tuesday that she was drugged by the railway staff. “Pantry staff and TT jointly tried to molest her in train, gave her laced icecream. Will any action be taken by railway on erring staff without FIR or he will walk free and will terrorise another passenger. Sad!” she said. “The concerned victim is a student and fears she cannot live normal life if entangled in legal hassle,” the acquaintance tweeted, tagging the railways minister as well as other senior officials. While the complainant did not file an FIR, details were taken from her over phone, the railways said in a statement.last_img read more

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan engaged to boyfriend Salim Karim in Turkey Viral

first_imgMahira Khan, Salim KarimInstagramPakistani actress Mahira Khan is currently in news for her alleged engagement with her rumoured boyfriend Salim Karim, who is the CEO of a Pakistani startup called Simpaisa.A picture showing Mahira dressed in white posing with Salim looking dapper in a three piece suit, is making the rounds of the internet. Many people on social media believe that the said picture was clicked when the couple recently got engaged in a low key ceremony in Turkey. It is also being said that the couple were danced together at the ceremony and also showcased their loving chemistry in front of their guests.A few days ago, Mahira had shared a group picture from a wedding wherein she was seen standing next to her rumoured boyfriend Salim Karim. However, if one could observe the picture closely, Mahira and Salim can be seen wearing the same attires from the wedding and the one that is being circulated on social media platforms.However, there’s no official confirmation about Mahira and Salim’s engagement. Mahira was previously married to Ali Askari from 2007 and got divorced in 2015 one year after the birth of their son Azlaan in 2014. She was previously in news for getting heavily criticised for having a smoke with Ranbir Kapoor on the streets of New York City and showing off her skin in a backless piece in 2017.Mahira made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees but it remains to be her last in Indian cinema ever since the controversy arose surrounding Pakistani celebs working in Indian films.last_img read more

Social Media Video Confirms Mice Problem at Parkdale

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comStudents and teachers at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County have complained about a mice problem that was challenged by the school system until social media video painted a different picture when it was released to local media.  In a story first reported by WUSA-TV9 in D.C., the rodent infestation and dilapidated condition of bathrooms have continued despite a previous inspection that was supposed to have addressed the problem.A previous inspection by the County’s health department last September apparently found mouse droppings in three cafeteria storage rooms and live roaches in the kitchen which reportedly had been addressed. A later inspection in February by the health department found no evidence of mice in the cafeteria, but according to the report, the cafeteria is the only part of the school health inspectors examined.Students and teachers at Parkdale High School are concerned after facing a mice problem and dilapidated restroom facilities. (Courtesy Photo)Monica Brokenborough, the school’s music teacher, was reportedly notified by students in her class that Parkdale’s bathrooms were not in adequate condition either.  Her students took cell phone pictures of crumbling ceiling tiles, spots in a classroom with duct tape over what appear to be mouse holes and doors missing from students’ bathroom stalls. Brokenborough spoke on the T.V. news report of how the rest rooms resembled a “jail cell” and were in substandard condition.“I was absolutely shocked,” Brokenborough said on camera. “The students have brought to my attention that a lot of their bathrooms actually resemble something that’s kind of comparable to a jail cell.”After the first report, Parkdale’s Principal Dr. Tasha Graves-Henderson issued a statement that was sent home to parents.  The letter stated they are in touch with the Prince George’s County Public Schools Building Services and the work on the bathroom will be addressed within 30 days adding the ceiling tiles would need immediate attention and they are working to complete repairs within the week.The letter from the principal to the school’s community also said, “there is no rodent infestation at Parkdale High School.  While there were past concerns due to our location and to the proximity of the woods behind school, we do not have any concerns at this time.”Brokeborough disputed Henderson’s statement and told WUSA9 she had to put duct tape over mouse holes in her classroom.  She also claimed that on several occasions her classes “had to evacuate because of the presence of a rodent.”However, once the school’s letter was sent home, students bombarded the TV station’s social media platforms with evidence that contradicted the school’s statement.  The videos highlighted mice running around classrooms and climbing into vents caused the most alarm.  They were posted on Twitter and broadcasted during a follow up story which prompted a response from the PGPCS office which read in part:“Despite regular rodent treatments throughout the school year, a small number of mice have been found, and our environmental teams have been to the school two times this week to address these concerns and will return until the issue is resolved. We will continue to monitor the issue and welcome any feedback from students and staff to ensure we are being responsive to their issues in a timely manner.”Parkdale High School is a public magnet high school located in Riverdale.  It serves over 2,000 students from Riverdale, New Carrollton and a small portion of Lanham.  It is best known for its International Baccalaureate magnet program.last_img read more

OMG SMS Is Older Than Justin Bieber

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Android Users: Check Your Facebook Data Archive for Call, Text LogsApple releases online tool to help you escape iMessage purgatory Stay on targetcenter_img Happy (belated) birthday, SMS!The text message turned 25 on Sunday (and now you feel old).On Dec. 3, 1992, Neil Papworth used a personal computer to write and relay a short sentence via Britain’s Vodafone network to Richard Jarvis’s phone.The message simply read: “Merry Christmas.”“I typed the message on a computer keyboard and sent it to an Orbitel 901 handset,” according to Papworth’s personal website. “Those things were enormous!”He received no reply, as mobile phones at the time could not send texts. Being part of the historic moment, it seems, was thanks enough for the then-22-year-old test engineer.“I helped develop and test the software, got it working on site, and had the honor of sending the first one to prove that it was working,” Papworth said.The celebrated event even tops his list of achievements on LinkedIn.Text messaging functionality dates back to the early 1980s: The Short Message Service (SMS) concept was developed by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) in 1984.It took nearly a decade, however, to implement the system.Following Papworth’s now-infamous text, a handful of countries (including the US) deployed SMS gateways, allowing the dispatching of notifications—usually to announce voicemail—to mobile phones.But, due to network restrictions and a lack of transmission options, the practice didn’t really take off until more people could send and receive messages and text with friends on different plans.The advent of smartphones helped, too: Based on data reported by Statistic Brain, the number of text messages sent each month in the US skyrocketed from 12.5 billion in June 2006 to 45 billion in June 2007—when the first iPhone hit shelves.Those numbers continue to grow, reaching a whopping 781 billion texts-per-month as of this summer.Now settled in Montreal with his family, Papworth—an “accomplished software designer and architect” with a taste for Formula 1 racing, beer, and curry—has been the subject of worldwide news reports, and was once featured in a Super Bowl ad and flown to London for a movie premiere.Perhaps his greatest triumph, though, is being an answer to a Jeopardy! question. Livin the dream, man.last_img read more