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first_img “COPY” Houses A·2 / buerger katsota architectsSave this projectSaveHouses A·2 / buerger katsota architects Houses CopyHouses, Adaptive Reuse•Paros, Greece “COPY” Architects: buerger katsota architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902939/houses-a-star-2-buerger-katsota-architects Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officebuerger katsota architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseParosOn InstagramGreecePublished on October 01, 2018Cite: “Houses A·2 / buerger katsota architects” 01 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily Photographs:  Yiorgis YerolymbosStructural Engineers:P. Panagiotopoulos & AssociatesEngineers:Clima Therma, D.P. Kryfos & AssociatesLandscape Design:Greenways Hellas Landscape ArchitectureSite Management:Stamatis DelaviniasDesign Team:Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Maria Chassioti, Georgios Kourakos, Klelia SiskaCity:ParosCountry:GreeceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40DoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. On the Cycladic island of Paros, within an area under natural protection, the conversion of two degraded 8-room rental studio complexes into two quality holiday residences required careful renegotiations on several scales and architectural dials.Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosThe proposed scheme, with regards to massing and articulation, combines proportions and composition of cubic volumes, repetition and standardization of openings, generous outdoor shaded spaces and the use of environmentally sound materials in order to redefine the complexes’ expression, achieve a plasticity of form but also an architectural unity that respects Cycladic architecture, adopts to the landscape and responds to the demands for contemporary holiday living.Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosEach building is rearticulated as an assemblage of cubic volumes upon an expressed ‘base’ -a platform- that negotiates the harmonious adaptation into the landscape. At three meters above the ‘base’, a timber pergola with cantilevering slender beams creates shaded, comfortable and wind-protected areas, for lounging and sun bathing, showering, dining and food preparation ensuring all-day, outdoor living.Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosThe ‘private’ spaces are accommodated on the ground level facing south and taking advantage of the views towards the sea and the level access onto the ‘base’. A central, fully glazed common space is created as an extension of the outside but also as an indoor continuation of the pergola, allowing the landscape to form a dynamic, alternating, double-aspect presence.Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosThe common living, dining and kitchen areas as well as an independent guestroom are accommodated on the upper level taking advantage of the panoramic views from both the interior and the generous terraces. In-between the common spaces and the guestroom, a protected outdoor seating and dining area with a barbecue is created.Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosSave this picture!Ground floorSave this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosFor the unbuilt areas of ​​the plot, mild interventions in combination with the intensification of the existing vegetation aim to enhance the sense and quality of the natural Cycladic landscape.Save this picture!© Yiorgis YerolymbosProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Tools You Need to Easily Meet BIM MandatesArticlesIt Goddeloas Fiersicht / NEXT architectsSelected Projects Share 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902939/houses-a-star-2-buerger-katsota-architects Clipboard Houses A·2 / buerger katsota architects Area:  500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Yiorgis Yerolymbos+ 22Curated by María Francisca González Share Greecelast_img read more

first_img Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Previous: Morgan Stanley Questions Early Rate-hike Signals Next: Simplifile Partners with Ellie Mae  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Ben Carson DS News HUD 2017-03-06 Staff Writer Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Featured, Government The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Featured / Ben Carson Makes First Address as HUD Secretary Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago March 6, 2017 3,441 Views Ben Carson Makes First Address as HUD Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson addressed the HUD’s employees for the first time publicly on Monday.Carson’s speech was more motivational, and he opted not to speak on housing as much.  He started off the address by reflecting on some of his encounters as a surgeon and his vision for America moving forward. He spoke about how Americans need to work together to reach their full potential of prosperity.“This is America. This used to be known as the can-do society, not the what-can-you-do-for-me society,” he said. “And there is a lot that we can do if we are simply willing to reach outside of ourselves and recognize that each person, all our fellow Americans, we are one.”At one point during Carson’s speech come up with an acronym “THINK BIG.” “T is for talent, which God gave to every person,” he began, assigning word phrases H for honest, I for Insight, N for Nice, K for Knowledge, B for Book, I for Indepth Learning, and G for God. Carson then asked those in attendance to raise their hands to “take the niceness pledge.”“Just raise your hand, everybody raise your hand,” he said, as the staff obeyed. “Now what did you just pledge to do? Be nice to every single person you encounter for one week, including your spouse!”An audience member asked Dr. Carson: “ What are your plans for the division of housing and equal opportunity overall, and how do you plan on furthering civil rights while you are here at HUD?”Dr. Carson’s answer was not direct, though he used the opportunity to address inequality and fairness for all.“I am going to do be doing what you are and that is watching to see what people are doing and more importantly listen to what people have to say,” Dr. Carson said. “There’s always a lot of different perspectives and one of the things that I have found is when you have divergent perspectives, if you can get those people to sit down and talk to each other, they will frequently be able to come up with extremely good solutions,” he said. “I believe in always giving the first pass to the people who are actually involved as opposed to imposing upon them from above.”“One of the things you will notice in this department under my leadership is that there will be a very big emphasis on fairness for everybody,” Carson told the staff. “Everything that we do, every policy; no favorites for anybody, no extra for anybody, but complete fairness for everybody. Because that is what the founders of this nation had in mind, and if you read the Constitution, it becomes very clear that that was the goal.”He would later briefly talk about find alternative ways to work with the private sector to find solutions homelessness and affordable housing availability.“We don’t necessarily have to always depend on the government and government financing,” he said when asked about such partnerships by a staffer during the question-and-answer session. “There’s a lot more money outside of government than there is inside of government, although there’s some people who would like to change that, but anyway, I won’t get into that.”At the end of the town hall meeting, one staffer stood up and thanked Carson for his speech, telling him that her and follow employees had been afraid about how the Trump administration would select HUD programs. She said his speech had reassured her that he is invested in HUD’s mission. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Ben Carson DS News HUDlast_img read more

first_imgRunners set a competitive pace on their way to the finish line. (Image: Comrades Marathon) • Comrades Marathon Museum +27 33 897 8650 [email protected] www.comrades.com • 2011 Comrades draws big names • Living on in the Comrades spirit • South Africa’s toughest endurance challenges • Running is in her blood • The pain is soon forgotten • Sport in South AfricaLucille DavieSouth Africa is arguably the world’s toughest endurance race capital, where thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities turn up to compete in some of the most gruelling races on the planet.The numbers are astonishing: the Cape Argus Cycle Tour attracts 35 000 cyclists each year, to ride 109km through some of the peninsular’s most spectacular scenery. Some 20 000 runners sign up for the brutal Comrades Marathon every year, a running race of 90km between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. The Midmar Mile, which has a Guinness World Record, has 20 000 swimmers splash into the water outside Pietermaritzburg each year, to swim a mile, or 1.6km.Yet other races, like the 2 300km mountain bike Freedom Challenge and the 240km Berg River Canoe Marathon, attract a handful of elite extreme athletes, keen to pit themselves against the unforgiving elements and huge distances, and test their mental and physical ability to the limit.The Dusi Canoe Marathon, the Comrades Marathon, the Midmar Mile, the Cape Epic, the Freedom Challenge, the Berg River Canoe Marathon, and the Cape Argus Cycle Tour – all are tests of extreme ability and endurance, and attract men and women, and in some cases, children, of all abilities. And more and more international athletes are discovering the country’s top races.The Comrades MarathonThe Comrades Marathon, with the tagline “Hard is what makes it great”, has been going for 93 years. The first race was run in May 1921 and it has been run every year since then, except from 1941 to 1945, during World War 2. It started outside the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg with 34 runners, and ended in Durban, a run of some 90 kilometres along the back roads of the province. It alternates each year, one year up from Durban, the next down to Durban. The race is done in one day – in other words, it is just more than two marathons, run back to back, within a cut-off time of 12 hours.Despite its toughness, with some spirit-breaking hills, it attracts more than 20 000 runners, most of whom are South Africans. But in the past 15 years foreigners have discovered it, and have been taking the medals. In 2013, runners from almost 66 countries entered, with 1 400 foreign runners hitting the tar.Women were only allowed to run the race from 1965. South African Frith van der Merwe still holds the women’s record, winning in an astounding five hours, 54 minutes, and 43 seconds, in 1989. The Russian twins Elena and Olesya Nurgalieva have dominated the podium since 2003, taking first place. In the most recent Comrades, on 1 June 2014, British-born Canadian runner Eleanor Greenwood won the women’s race. Elena Nurgalieva came in second, followed by Olesya Nurgalieva in third place.In the men’s race, this year’s down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban was won by Bongmusa Mthembu, from the KwaZulu-Natal village of Bulwer, followed by Ludwick Mamabolo and Gift Kelehe – all three of them South Africans.Heroes allLike the Dusi, the Comrades has its hero – a lean Bruce Fordyce, who won the race for eight consecutive years, then missed a year but came back to take the title for a ninth time in 1990. A Russian, Leonid Shvetsov, raced the fastest time in 2007, in a remarkable five hours, 20 minutes, and 49 seconds.It’s a race that runners finish and swear they won’t do again, but such is its spirit and comradeship, they line up the next year to beat their personal barriers to cross the finish line again. Some 112 000 people have looked into their souls doing the race over its history.It was the dream of Vic Clapham, on his return from World War 1. “A soldier, a dreamer, who had campaigned in East Africa in that terrible war approached the League of Comrades of the Great War with a vision that would result in the world’s greatest ultra-marathon eighty years later,” explains the Comrades website.“He felt that if infantrymen, drafted into the armed forces from sedentary jobs, could endure forced marches over great distances, trained athletes could cover the distance between the two cities without great difficulty.”The league helped families torn apart by war, but also gave soldiers a place to rekindle the camaraderie shared on the battlefield. After he was turned down by the athletics bodies in Pietermaritzburg, Clapham approached the league, but it thought that the race would be “far too strenuous for even a trained athlete and turned his proposal down”.The first ultra-marathonUndaunted, he applied to the league again in 1919, and again in 1920. It was only in 1921 that he was given a loan of one pound, and made plans for the run. “Vic Clapham endured much from his critics, but in that year he forged ahead with his plans and under the doubtful watch from the League of Comrades of the Great War, founded the Comrades Marathon.”He announced the event through a letter in the local newspaper. He got donations for prizes, and told potential entrants to collect their entry forms from his home in Pietermaritzburg or from the office of the secretary of the league in Durban.“And so one of the great athletics events of our time was born on Empire day, May 24th 1921. The camaraderie had as its basis the memories of that terrible war three years previous. Traditions would grow and survive even into the present day,” records the website. And indeed, even today, runners famously stop and help struggling comrades along, particularly in the final kilometre into the stadium, sometimes sacrificing their own personal goals of crossing the line in a particular time.In 1923 the first woman, Frances Hayward, a typist from Durban, entered to run the race but her entry was refused. Undaunted, she arrived at the start in a green gymnasium costume and ran anyway. She finished 28th in a time of 11hours, 35 minutes, but her time was not recorded and she did not receive a medal. “Sadly being an unofficial entrant, she was not to enjoy the coveted Comrades Medal. Her fellow runners and spectators held a shilling collection to buy her a prize. A hundred pounds was collected with which a silver tea service and rose bowl were purchased and presented to her. That evening, after the race, she went to the theatre.”It took another 42 years before women were officially welcomed to run, in 1965, and now some 22 percent of the field is women.Determined runnersThe race has nurtured some amazing athletes. Arthur Newton, a 39-year-old farmer from Harding in KwaZulu-Natal, won the up race in 1922 in eight hours 40 minutes. He said after his win: “It came as a surprise to myself. I rather thought I could run into third or fourth place, but certainly I did not expect to win, and still less to cover the course in under nine hours, 15 minutes.” He modestly added: “It isn’t my fault I won. If Phillips and Rowan hadn’t cut such a terrific pace at the start they both would have finished in front of me, because they are better runners.”The next year he brought his time below seven hours by coming in at six hours and 56 minutes, surprising the officials, who thought it would be another hour before the winner would cross the line. Newton managed to bring his time down even further, and in 1925 he ran the race in six hours and 24 minutes. He was 42 at the time. But he left South Africa in 1925. “During 1925 Newton left South Africa in protest. Some of his farmlands were being expropriated at below market prices and the softly spoken, pipe smoking champion was lost to South Africa.”What makes this time more remarkable is that in the 1920s athletes were running in unsuitable shoes, often canvas, and there were no water stations along the route. They were told to get refreshments at hotels they passed.Another memorable runner was Wally Hayward. He won the race on his first attempt in 1930 at the age of 21. He went on to win again four more times, 20 years later, breaking the records for the up and down runs. Then in 1988, at the age of 79, he returned, beating half the field in the up run. His final run, at the age of 80, took place in 1989, when he staggered across the finish line with just under two minutes to spare. He is the oldest finisher of the Comrades Marathon. He died in 2006.Then there’s Dave Rogers. He did his first race at the age of 18, and at 71, entered to do his 46th race this year. He says he continues to do the race because of the “camaraderie amongst fellow runners during training and the race, and the satisfaction of having overcome the challenges that one always encounters during such endurance events”.His best time was five hours and 52 minutes, but these days he times his race to finish within 10 minutes or so of the cut off. As to how long he will continue doing the race, he says: “The older one gets the more uncertainty there is, so it is really in the hands of the good Lord, but it would be nice to dream that I could keep running for another decade or so.”He continues to run the race for the same reason as everyone who does it: “It keeps one fit, healthy and motivated, but the most important thing is that I enjoy it.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have about 395 acres of corn left to go and 78 acres of beans. That acreage of beans isn’t much but it is four different farms and seven different fields and we’ll be taking the header on and off quite a bit to do that. It is slower running the corn now too. There is more corn down and wet conditions. We can only haul a couple of dumps on the grain cart so the combine is waiting for the grain cart some. You’re limited to where you can put the trucks and it all adds layers of challenges when you get wet conditions like this.We are hoping we don’t get too much rain today and we don’t get snow on the corn. If we are lucky enough, we’ll be able to go Wednesday and maybe Thursday. We are hoping we don’t get snow because it is no fun to clean out the inside of a combine.We are also concerned about if we can get the beans down to a moisture we can handle. We don’t really have the capability of getting them through our dryer, at least until we get the corn done. That will make it more of a challenge. We’ll just have to see what we’re given and go from there.There is still some corn around. I saw some people finished up Friday. Unfortunately I had some more combine problems. They had been haunting us all season. We also had some dryer problems. I think I finally spent enough time tearing things apart to get that fixed too.The cover crops are done. It is too late to plant any more. We are getting ready to inventory those for next summer.We’re typically done before Thanksgiving. With the way the weather forecasts are, it looks like it will be a challenge in the next week or so to get a whole lot done.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts sarah perez Details of the Data BreachThe attack on Gawker was orchestrated by a group calling itself Gnosis, which at first appeared to be affiliated with 4chan. The 4chan site is the Internet imageboard where memes like Rickrolling and lolcats were born, and more notably, where members of the hacking group Anonymous are known to congregate. Anonymous is the group behind the vigilante-style Web attacks on companies and organizations that refused to support Wikileaks, including payment processors like MasterCard, Visa and PayPal, to name a few.However, Gnosis claims to have no affiliation with either Anonymous or the 4chan board, according to the message text included in the password file dump posted online over the weekend. Tags:#NYT#security#twitter#web That said, the attack seems to be associated with a previous feud between Gawker and 4Chan, according to Mediaite, which exchanged email with an individual claiming to part of the Gnosis-led hack. The anonymous person told Mediaite it was “arrogance” from Gawker management and staff with regard to the hacker community that prompted the attack.Now victims of the attack – Gawker commenters – have had their emails and passwords shared publicly with anyone who cares to download them. Simply changing your password on Gawker blog sites is not enough. Most people tend to use the same username and password combination everywhere on the Web, meaning this hack gives the attackers, and now anyone else, access to Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts, webmail accounts, online banking accounts and anything else where that same username and password was used.Victims should change their passwords immediately on any site where that email and password have been used. Good Samaritans Warn VictimsAlthough Gawker itself hasn’t directly emailed its victims, an anonymous good samaritan and the “Team at Hint” have sent out emails warning of the breach.The good samaritan who only signed his name as “Steve” sent the following email on Sunday:You don’t know me.  I’m nobody.  My name is Steve.  I came across a database dump from Gawker.com earlier this evening.  It’s making its rounds around the internet.  Besides just the code dump from gawker.com among other sites, it also contains email addresses and passwords for over 1.3 million accounts.  I’m sending this email to the 200,000 or so people who’s passwords were included, in plain text, in this archive.  I have your password.  However, I have 0 interest in it.  Obviously i’m anonymous so how can you trust me – you can’t.  But trust me, if I had interest in your password, I wouldn’t be emailing you saying I have it. That’s just dumb.  The reason I’m telling you this is because people all over the world, who aren’t like me, who won’t notify you, have it.  They will use and abuse it.  Change your gawker.com credentials. Now.  MORE IMPORTANTLY, change passwords on other sites you visit that use the same one as your gawker.com/lifehacker.com/gizmodo.com login.Let me put it this way – my login credentials were on that list.  I’d want someone emailing me if I didn’t know better, which is why i’m doing this.Best of luck!Meanwhile, a second email from a stealthy startup called Hint send its own message:Hi there,Hint wanted to let you know that your email address and password that you used to signup for Gawker (or one of its sites) were hacked. Forbes’ coverage is here.In situations like this, time is of the essence, which is why we were surprised & shocked to find that Gawker Media hadn’t taken the initiative to notify you of this privacy breach immediately. We HIGHLY recommend you change all of your online passwords as a precaution.-The Team at Hint(This is a one time email) We’re not sure how we feel about Hint using the data breach as a marketing opportunity for its yet-to-launch service that only describes itself as “the place where opportunities and adventures find you.” But we imagine they were trying to do the right thing.Image credits: Sophos, Forbes The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Consider this a public service message: Hundreds of thousands of Twitter accounts have been compromised by hackers who are now using the victims’ accounts to tweet about the Acai Berry diet. The Twitter spam appears to be tied to this weekend’s attack on Gawker Media’s servers, home to popular weblogs like LifeHacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, io9, Jezebel, Kotaku and others.Because so many people use the same username and password combination for different Web services, the Twitter spammers were able to use the email addresses and passwords retrieved from Gawker’s servers to take control of the Twitter accounts in question. No doubt this is only the beginning of the ramifications associated with this major security breach.The Twitter spammers are not likely to be the same hackers as those who actually broke into Gawker Media’s Web servers. Instead, like most spammers, they’re opportunists.?Over the weekend, up to 1.3 million passwords were stolen off of Gawker’s servers by a hacker group called Gnosis and then publicly shared on torrent site The Pirate Bay, for anyone and everyone to download.?According to security firm Sophos, which spoke with Del Harvey, Twitter’s director of trust and safety, the spam messages about the Acai Berry diet appear to be posted from accounts where people were using the same username and password as they did on Gawker’s network. ?Clicking the spam links on Twitter will take you to a page where the diet solution is being sold. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgFour single-family homes earned awards at the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Conference, held this month in Raleigh, North Carolina. The builder and designer of one of the homes, which won in the affordable/custom category, provided GBA with a few details about its construction and materials.Called The Cottage, the 1900-sq.-ft. house, completed in May 2009, earned an Emerald rating based on NAHB’s National Green Building Standard. The project builder, JR Construction Building & Design, based in Petoskey, Indiana, where the two-bedroom/two-and-a-half-bath house is located, says it is the company’s first green home and among the first single-family houses in the country to earn an Emerald rating.A performance guaranteeThe foundation was insulated to R-20, the walls to R-24, and the roof to R-40. The project includes a ground-source heat pump that, the builder says, is designed to operate with a coefficient of performance (COP) of 5. A manifold plumbing system also was installed to help conserve water and reduce heat loss. The house landed a HERS index rating of just under 40. JR Construction was confident enough in the home’s owner-occupied performance to guarantee coverage of its heating and cooling costs in excess of $59 a month.Other features were aimed at increasing the home’s durability (50-year siding, and standing-seam metal roofs on the front and back porches) and its use of sustainable materials (sustainably harvested ipe for decking, and bamboo for interior flooring).Other award winnersIn all, 15 builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals were honored at the National Green Building Conference, including those responsible for three other single-family projects: Charityworks Greenhouse, a custom/luxury home designed by Washington, D.C.-based Cunningham| Quill Architects; Model NOMG4, a production/luxury home in Marietta, Georgia, built by New World Home; and Rosewood Hills, a production/affordable project built by Mungo Construction of Columbia, South Carolina.Awards also went to multifamily projects Circle at Concord Mills in Concord, North Carolina (developed by Crescent Resources, which won in the luxury category); the Wingate Manor apartment complex in Shiloh, Illinois (Gundaker Commercial Group, in the affordable category); and the Fishhawk Ranch residential subdivision in Lithia, Florida (Newland Communities, which took the Green Development of the Year award).Among advocacy-award winners, remodeler Philip Beere of Green Street Development in Phoenix took the Green Remodeling Project of the Year and Green Remodeling Advocate of the Year awards; builder and GBA Advisor Michael Chandler, of Chandler Design-Build, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was honored as the Builder Advocate of the Year; Pardee Homes of Los Angeles was named Corporate Advocate of the Year; and Individual Advocate of the Year honors went to John Barrows of Wainscott, New York.The State/Local Government Advocate of the Year award went to Platte County, Missouri, for its innovative green incentive programs, NAHB says. The Home Builders Association of Delaware Green Building Council was named the New Green Building Program of the Year, while the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area Green Home Builders of the Triangle, which played host to the conference, took Program of the Year honors.last_img read more

first_imgHave you ever been so focused on an outcome that you weren’t able to pay attention to the person sitting right in front of you? You can’t focus on two things at the same time. That is to be unfocused or distracted.If you want to stop your divided mind from focusing on what you want to sell instead of what your dream client is saying, then close the call during your opening and allow your dream client to do the same.Look, you know you are going to need to ask your dream client for some commitment to move forward together at the close of your call, so tell them that at the beginning of the call. Just say, “When we are finished here today, I am going to ask you schedule another appointment with me so I can meet the rest of your team to better understand their needs.” But don’t stop there. Now let your dream client reconcile their divided mind.Your dream client has something they’re dying to ask you, and they may need to cover it before they can focus on your agenda. So ask, “Does this work for you, or is there something you want to change or cover first?” Your prospective client will either tell you to proceed with your agenda, or they’ll ask you a question they need answered. If they accept your agenda, they’re okay. If they ask a question, your answer can allow them to move on and give you their full focus.But this isn’t only about sales. Leaders often suffer from divided mind. There is so much that the leader wants to tell the people that lead that they can struggle to let go and listen. If you are a leader, you know that this is true. Instead of barreling through giving your people half of your attention, just say, “Listen, I am going to want to share something when you are finished talking to me. Is that okay?’ Don’t worry, you’ll get your chance to share everything you want, or you’ll get a commitment to get together again to do so.There aren’t too many gifts greater than giving someone your full attention and truly listening to them. Do what’s necessary to reconcile your divided mind so you can give that gift. 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 Nowlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday inaugurated a railway overbridge at Burdwan station through remote control, while attending a programme held to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at Birsingha Graam in West Midnapore.However, the inauguration by the Chief Minister has triggered a row between the Centre and the state, as the Railways had arranged a separate date for the inauguration. The Railways had said that the overbridge would be thrown open on September 30. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaState Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee visited the spot on Tuesday and walked down the bridge after the Chief Minister inaugurated it from West Midnapore. The state government has clarified that there would be no re-inauguration of the same bridge. Mukherjee told the reporters at Burdwan that the project was initiated when Banerjee was the Railway minister. As she is the present Chief Minister of the state, she can inaugurate the development project. Many development works have been undertaken by the Mamata Banerjee government, Mukherjee further clarified. It has been learnt from sources that the state government has spent Rs 162 crore for the construction of the rail overbridge, while the Railways had given Rs 130 crore for the project. It may be mentioned that the Railways has put up a guard rail on the approach road.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The confrontation between West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and the ruling Trinamool Congress escalated on Tuesday, with Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee accusing him of making “politically biased statements” and “interfering in all aspects of government business” and called for “silence”. In a strongly worded statement, Chatterjee, who is also the state Education Minister, said the Governor “should not misuse” his constitutional jurisdiction and avoid “political gimmicks”. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “The new Governor, within 15 days of joining, has exposed that he is not a neutral person by making politically biased statements against government officials and departments,” said Chatterjee, hours after Dhankhar rued the “virtual absence of state administration” during his maiden visit outside Kolkata to Siliguri in Darjeeling district. Tourism Minister Gautam Deb, Home Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay and Siliguri Police Commissioner remained absent during the Governor’s visit to the north Bengal town. The District Magistrate was also on leave. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Chatterjee said as per the Indian Constitution, the state and Central governments were both elected bodies, but the Governor’s was a nominated post, and the roles of the Governor and the state government were clearly earmarked. West Bengal being a beautiful state, it was desirable that the Governor should visit the beautiful places and enjoy the hospitality of the state government, Chatterjee said. “What is not desirable is a constitutional position unnecessarily becoming over-active, interfering in all aspects of government business. The Governor should not misuse the constitutional jurisdiction and should avoid political gimmicks everyday,” he said. “Silence please!” the statement added.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A couple has been arrested at Jadavpur police station for allegedly smuggling two animal skulls, which are seemed to be of deer on Thursday morning.According to sources, on Thursday morning, officials of Jadavpur police station came to know from their sources that a couple identified as Biswadeb Chatterjee and Jagurti Rajesh Sentury of Serampore in Hooghly were trying to sell some kind of animal skeleton. Based on the information, a team from Jadavpur police station went to a house at 18/2, Uday Shankar Sarani, Bikaramgarh in Golf Green and conducted a raid. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja During the search, police found two animal skulls from the couple. Following the raid, the duo was questioned about the skulls. Despite repeated questions, the duo failed to provide any document in favour of having possession of the two skulls and also failed to provide satisfactory answer. Later, they were taken to Jadavpur police station along with the skulls. After observing the skulls, it is suspected that those are of deer. Later, during the interrogation, the duo stated that they had procured the skulls from Sanjoy Gandhi National Park in Mumbai. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is suspected that the woman had connection with poachers as she is from Mumbai and also has her maternal house there. However, both of them were arrested after a case was initiated against them under the provisions of Wild Life (Protection) Act. The skulls were also seized. The duo will be produced at the Alipore Court on Friday with appeal for police remand. Sources informed that investigators suspect that the duo is a part of a organised gang which deals in animal skins and skeletons. Police are trying to find out who else are connected with the racket.last_img read more

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