Rabat – After the ban on religious slaughter without stunning the animal by the Ministry of Animal Welfare in Flanders and Wallonia in Belgium, the Muslim community began protesting in various ways for the right to slaughter rams during Eid Al Adha in the halal method.Khaled Harra, the imam of the Forest Mosque, said in a statement that the Muslim community has other solutions.Instead of observing the religious practice of slaughtering a ram during the feast, the imam called on Muslims “to either send the same sum of money to those who do not have the means to make their religious sacrifice, or spend that money profitably (i.e. finance projects here in Belgium).” Commenting on the new rules by the Belgian Ministry of Animal Welfare, the imam considers them discriminatory.“We pay our taxes! And for farmers who are in crisis, this represents a significant revenue, right?” the imam questioned.“We feel increasingly stigmatized. Every time, we feel that these laws target Muslims. One can sense a growing Islamophobic climate, “he added.By not making the sacrifice, the imam hopes to penalize farmers and push the government to react.Muslims all over the world will observe Eid-al-Adha on September 23 or 24. Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, the event commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Father Athanase Seromba, former priest at Nyange parish in Rwanda’s western Kibuye prefecture, pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity for extermination. Earlier this week, he was arrested by the Tanzanian authorities immediately after his arrival from Italy, where he had been living in exile, and handed over to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). He is the fourth clergyman to be detained by the Arusha-based Tribunal.A date for Father Seromba’s trial has not yet been set.
A chemical team from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected the Tuwaitha Industrial Chemical Research Centre, a UN spokesman in Baghdad reported.“Even though it was a Muslim day of rest and there was only a guard at the Centre, the site was made available to full inspection,” Hiro Ueki said. “All managers of the departments of the Centre, who arrived shortly after the inspection began, briefed the UNMOVIC team about the current activities of their departments.”Meanwhile, two teams from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requested access to a facility during non-standard hours at the former Tuwaitha nuclear complex, which now conducts civilian research in the non-nuclear field.The inspectors “observed work-shift levels during this non-work day period,” Mr. Ueki said. They also visited the Shakyli stores, which is a facility for dual-use equipment from the past Iraqi nuclear programme, and carried out environmental gamma radiation surveys in the area.Two more UNMOVIC inspectors arrived in Baghdad yesterday, bringing the total number of inspectors to 115 – 96 from UNMOVIC and 19 from the IAEA, Mr. Ueki said.
by Ken Ritter And Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MILWAUKEE – A British cybersecurity figure hailed as a crime-fighter just three months before his arrest in a worldwide malware production and distribution case might still be in Las Vegas ahead of his arraignment next week in a federal court in Wisconsin, according to terms set by a judge.Attorneys and advocates for Marcus Hutchins, 23, of Ilfracombe, England, didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to telephone and email messages about his whereabouts following his release Monday from a jail in rural southern Nevada.But jail and federal officials say he was released, and pointed to terms set by the judge who on Friday set Hutchins’ bail at $30,000.Magistrate Judge Nancy Koppe said Hutchins would have to stay at a federal halfway house or under house arrest in Las Vegas with an ankle monitor until he travels to Milwaukee for arraignment on a six-count federal indictment.The judge didn’t find Hutchins a threat to the community or a risk not to attend court appearances. She nevertheless ordered him to surrender his passport to federal officials and not use any device that has access to the internet.Hutchins’ arraignment had been set Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, but was reset for Aug. 14, said Elizabeth Makowski, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office.He was arrested Aug. 2 in Las Vegas on federal charges that he created and distributed a malware program to obtain banking passwords from unsuspecting computer users.Hutchins was held through the weekend at a jail in rural Pahrump, where he had been arrested at McCarran International Airport on his way home from the Def Con computer security convention in Las Vegas.Electronic Frontier Foundation general counsel Kurt Opsahl said Monday he was awaiting word that bail had been posted and that Hutchins had been released from federal custody. The foundation, a digital civil-liberties non-profit, was helping Hutchins obtain legal counsel.Opsahl, other foundation officials and Hutchins’ attorney in Las Vegas, Adrian Lobo, didn’t respond to telephone and email messages Tuesday morning from The Associated Press.Hutchins was credited with helping in May to curb the spread of WannaCry ransomware during an attack that crippled thousands of computers worldwide.He did not enter a plea at Friday’s hearing to six federal charges dating to 2014, including conspiracy to commit computer fraud. He is accused of creating and distributing malicious software called Kronos designed to steal banking passwords.Other charges he faces are distributing and advertising an electronic communication interception device, attempting to intercept electronic communications and trying to access a computer without authorization. He could face decades in federal prison if he is convicted.The indictment filed last month in Milwaukee alleges that Hutchins and another defendant, whose name was redacted, conspired between July 2014 and July 2015 to advertise, sell and profit from the Kronos banking Trojan malware.Hutchins is accused of creating the malware and enabling cybertheft by spreading a program that can infect web browsers and capture usernames and passwords.Hutchins has support in the information-security community, where some call him a principled, ethical hacker.His mother, Janet, said it was unlikely that her son was involved in illegalities because he spends much of his time combatting malware attacks.Though Hutchins previously worked under the alias MalwareTech, cracking WannaCry led to the loss of his anonymity and propelled him to cyber stardom, public appearances and a $10,000 cash prize that he said he planned to donate to charity.He told The Associated Press at the time that he didn’t think he would ever return to being the “MalwareTech” that everyone knew.___Associated Press writer Danica Kirka in London and Regina Garcia Cano in Las Vegas contributed to this report. Ritter reported from Las Vegas.___Sign up for the AP’s weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfv FILE – In this Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo, British IT expert Marcus Hutchins speaks during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Hutchins, a young British researcher credited with derailing a global cyberattack in May, has been arrested for allegedly creating and distributing banking malware, U.S. authorities say. Hutchins was detained in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, while flying back to Britain from Defcon, an annual gathering of hackers of IT security gurus. A grand jury indictment charges Hutchins with “creating and distributing” malware known as the Kronos banking Trojan. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File) US arraignment of British cybersecurity expert postponed
Wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) and coach Urban Meyer sing Carmen in front of the student section following their 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. Credit Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma at home Saturday, the Buckeyes have dropped six spots from No. 2 to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The victor in that game replaced Ohio State as the No. 2 team.The top five consists of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 USC and No. 5 Penn State. Michigan is the only other Big Ten team besides Penn State to be ranked ahead of Ohio State at No. 7.In total, the Big Ten has four teams in the top 25. After Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, Wisconsin placed at No. 10, moving down one spot from last week. Three teams in the conference received votes as Maryland received 42, Iowa had two and Michigan State had one.Ohio State will look to rebound next Saturday when it hosts Army at 4:30 p.m.AP Poll Alabama (58)Oklahoma (2)Clemson (1)USCPenn StateWashingtonMichiganOhio StateOklahoma StateWisconsinFlorida StateLSUGeorgiaLouisvilleAuburnVirginia TechMiami (FL)Kansas StateStanfordTCUWashington StateSouth FloridaTennesseeFloridaUCLA
It’s that time of year. With every iPad rumor that makes headlines, the resale value of older iPads drops. When Apple sends out invitiations to its event — as it did yesterday — the floodgates are opened. Thousands upon thousands of used iPads hit the second-hand market, their owners hoping to cash in before the second-hand value drops even more.That flood is now slamming upon eBay. In addition to its standard auction market, the site also offers an Instant Sale program, where it will give you a straight-up cash offer for an item. Customers are taking up eBay on its Instant Sale offers in record numbers.The offers are positively Gamestop-esque. For example, a 16GB original iPad will fetch $192.05, and a 16GB iPad 2 will get you $275.16. These are well below standard resale value, but many customers are willing to take less to avoid the hassle of starting an auction or dealing with Craigslist.This year, eBay reports that trade-ins of iPads are up 10x from February of last year. The site has generated over 122,000 iPad offers. That number will have surely grown by the end of the day.It makes sense that February would be a big iPad resale month, but why the spike from last year? First, there are many more iPads in customers’ hands now. That alone would lead to a surge over last February, when there was only one generation of iPad available. Last year, many original iPad owners had just bought their tablets during the 2010 holiday season, so there was less urgency to upgrade.Another big factor in the surge is that everyone who has read the news during the last three months knows that this year’s iPad will offer a major refresh — featuring the long-anticipated Retina display. Last year, it wasn’t clear how big of an upgrade the next iPad would be. The iPad 2 was indeed a relatively minor refresh over the O.G. iPad, so many of those iPad 1 owners held onto them. This year, though, those customers are ready to upgrade (in addition to many iPad 2 owners).The other thing this signifies is that the iPad 3 is going to break all kinds of sales records. If you’re looking to get one early on, you’d be wise to pre-order as soon as you can. That is, if Apple allows pre-orders this year (it didn’t for the iPad 2).via CNET
Share18 Tweet Email2 Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 4:30 PM By Sean Murray Jan 24th 2017, 4:30 PM It uses an abusive and discriminatory European rule to tell us, as passengers, that we aren’t welcome. Disabled people stage protest against Ryanair in Spain for ‘systematic discrimination’ A statement from the airline said the claims were untrue and that the protest was baseless. 20 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Rebius Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3201795 19,278 Views Image: Shutterstock/Rebius MORE THAN 250 people with disabilities staged a protest against Ryanair at Adolfo-Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport on Saturday afternoon.Spanish newspaper El País reports that the protesters accused the airline of “systematically and permanently” discrimination against disabled travellers by adding unnecessary obstacles in order to board their flight.The protest was organised by the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Disabled People (CERMI), after the group received multiple complaints about the low-cost airline.The group’s president, Luis Cayo Pérez Bueno, said: “The airline conjures up hare-brained security reasons and, without any kind of social commitment, excludes disabled passengers directly, either by not allowing them to board, or by obliging them to bring a travel companion at their own expense. He cited the case of Javier García Pajares, a deaf and blind Spanish student attempted to return home for Christmas from London. It is claimed that he was not allowed to travel for security reasons.Cayo Pérez said: “The case of our friend Javier García Pajares is proof of something devastating that it wants us to accept as natural. It is the moment to tell them that low-cost cannot be translated into fewer human rights.”In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a Ryanair spokesperson said: “These claims are untrue and this protest was baseless.Thousands of passengers who require special assistance choose to travel with Ryanair on a weekly basis and do so without issue and we are proud of the service we provide to all of our customers, which we are continually improving.They added that Pajares had been contacted by customer service, who had asked him for documentation to make sure he complied with the required security measures that allowed him to travel without a companion.The spokesperson said: “Upon receipt of this confirmation (some seven days later), we confirmed he would be permitted to travel, however he chose not to.”In a letter sent to CERMI, and seen by TheJournal.ie, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs confirmed that a refund had been provided for the unused airfare.Read: Backlash after Ryanair mocks Aer Lingus link to illegal immigrantsRead: Ryanair says teaming up with Norwegian ‘makes sense’ – but it’s low on the to-do list Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
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Crain Communications promoted KC Crain to vice president and group publisher, overseeing Plastics News, Rubber & Plastics News, Tire Business and Waste & Recycling News. Crain will continue to serve as publisher of AutoWeek.New York magazine appointed Scott Brown as theater critic. Brown previously served as a writer at Entertainment Weekly, covering theater, movies and television.Time Inc. named Katy Delehanty executive design director of corporate sales and marketing. Most recently, Delehanty served as creative director at Harper’s Bazaar. Ahead of launching its App Lab, Hearst Magazines appointed Avi Zimak advertising director of tablet media. Since July 2007, Zimak served as advertising manager at Town&Country.The National Journal Group has made yet another editorial hire. Kathy Kiely is joining the group as managing editor for politics. Previously, Kiely covered Congress and national politics for USA Today.Harper’s Magazine named Zadie Smith as books columnist, replacing Benjamin Moser, who is transitioning to contributing editor. An author, Smith also serves as a creative writing professor at New York University.Penton Media appointed William O’Conor to the newly-created post of vice president, financial services group. Most recently, O’Conor served as president and managing director of the Wealth Market Segment of Dow Jones Group.Longtime Newsweek correspondent Howard Fineman reportedly is leaving the magazine to serve as a senior editor at the Huffington Post. Fineman had been with the magazine for three decades.Cygnus Business Media named Gloria Cosby executive vice president, diversified portfolio—responsible for managing several brands including Mass Transit and the CPA Technology Advisor. Most recently Cosby served as a brand director.Michael Speier joined Nikkie Finke’s Deadline.com as managing editor. Previously, Speier served as executive editor at rival Variety.Scientific American announced three editorial additions: Christine Gorman was hired to edit the magazine’s health and medicine features, Anna Kuchment was brought on to edit the front of the book section and Bora Zivkovic was named blog and community editor.United Business Media’s Everything Channel appointed Lisa MacKenzie senior vice president of events. MacKenzie previously served as senior vice president of sales.Former People en Español editor-in-chief Richard Pérez-Feria was appointed business editor at Greenspun Media Group and editor of its In Business Las Vegas newspaper. After leaving People en Español, Pérez-Feria served as founding editorial director of Glam Media’s Web vertical Brash.com and most recently as senior vice president of editorial and entertainment at Miami-based República.Theresa Gonzalez was named editor-in-chief of Future US’ Crochet Today. Gonzalez replaces Brett Bara, who is leaving the company.Kiplinger’s Personal Finance announced a pair of personnel changes: Lawrence Carrel was named a contributing editor and Jennifer Schonberger was named a staff writer. Less than a month after Blood-Horse Publications president and CEO Stacy V. Bearse announced that he will retire this fall, the company has promoted Marla Bickel as publisher and CEO. Bickel joined Blood-Horse in 2006 as director of circulation and was named vice president of operations in 2008.Ziff Davis Enterprise has appointed Kristin Beaulieu senior vice president of event sales. Beaulieu joins the company from virtual event vendor INXPO, where she served as vice president of client services.Simon Barnett was named director of photography for LIFE.com. Before working on a documentary project, Barnett served as director of photography at Newsweek.
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It was yet another ruthless performance by the Indian team and the usual suspects were at the very best. The seamers rocked Sri Lanka early, the spinners controlled them and then the Indian openers forged a century partnership to absolutely dominate the chase. India became the number 1 side after the league stage, a true reflection of their dominance.”We wanted to play good cricket. To be honest, we didn’t expect this kind of scoreline heading into the semis. But that’s what consistent performances and hard work get you. Really proud and happy of our team. Most amazing team to be a part of. It is really an honour to play for India,” captain Virat Kohli said after the match.Praises Hardik Pandya’s role and intent Indian cricket teamGetty ImagesThe captain also said that as a side, they never focus on the opposition as they believe in their own strengths. He said that his side has the belief that if they play according to their potential, they can beat any side, but if they don’t, any side can beat them. He also spoke of Hardik Pandya and the importance of him firing and bringing the all-round balance to the side.”He has a gut feel as to what the batter might do, so he’s trying different things. Even when he goes out to bat you can see that intent, he’s just switched on from ball one. It is amazing to have a cricketer like that who can bring in so much to the table. Hopefully two more performances from him and till now it has been wonderful to see his performances and passion for the team,” Kohli further added. Twitter/Cricket World CupIn the other match of the day, South Africa downed Australia in a thriller. What this effectively means is that India will now take on New Zealand and Australia will take on England in the semi-finals respectively.The Indian team, as per the skipper, is covered in all dimensions and now it is a matter of turning up and putting in a performance on the day.”Feel confident if we are batting first or bowling first as we are covered with all dimensions. From that point of view we are happy with where we are placed. It is just about turning up on the semifinal day and putting up a performance,” the skipper added.
One year ago, the Brightwood Park neighborhood, a predominantly residential area in northwest Washington, D.C. just north of Howard University, welcomed a not-so-ordinary coffee shop called Culture Coffee.It’s a place where local vendors serve up much of the daily menu, such as Quentina Hampton’s breakfast quiches and 81-year-old Christien Thomas’s lemon pound cake.Step into Culture Coffee and, depending on the day or time, you may find yourself in the midst of an open-mic poetry reading, a neighborhood book club meeting, a birthday party or just a local community gathering. Lining the walls are the works of local artists for sale that you won’t find at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.“We have a space for pretty much anything you like,” said Saundrell Stevens, one of the café’s co-owners. “It’s not your typical coffee house.”Veronica Cooper, the other owner, agreed.“We are named Culture Coffee because we cater to different age, education and ethnic groups,” Cooper said. “It is really a big melting pot.”That is exactly what Cooper and Stevens had in mind for their coffee shop when they came up with the idea three and a half years ago.Stevens was frustrated about the lack of coffee shops in the neighborhood. She wanted to be able to enjoy a cup of coffee without driving miles away from home to get it. Cooper felt like coffee was speaking to her.“That Sunday of President Obama’s first inauguration, my girlfriend headed that ball,” Cooper said. “She asked me to help her put 1,000 bags of coffee in the gift bags. Every day, a coffee situation was coming up just like that.”Stevens said they both wanted something a little different from the typical coffee bar.“I wanted a nice coffee bar to go to that wasn’t so traditional,” she said. “I wanted something where people could go and sit down and get comfortable.”So far, the community has responded well.“[Culture Coffee] is far superior to Starbucks,” said Lisa Tucker, a real estate agent and frequent customer. “The local aspect and the coffee are better.”Danielle Parsons, a public health specialist, is also a fan.“Going to Culture Coffee is less about what I’m getting to drink and more about the environment, and who I might see there and who I might chat with,” said Parsons, 31.Cooper, a seamstress, and Stevens, a full-time government employee, took three and a half years to properly prepare for launching Culture Coffee. First, they saved money from their income. Next, they took out a Small Business Association loan worth $100,000. They put together a business plan and submitted it to a bank for approval.“After that, you find a location,” Stevens said. “We had the location maybe six months before we actually got approved for the loan. We just knew it was going to happen. You have to believe.”Culture Coffee opened for business on Nov. 2, 2013.“I was very nervous,” Stevens said. “I did not sleep at all, but I was very excited.”They sell coffee, tea, smoothies, milkshakes and wine, and sandwiches, pastries, salads, snacks and breakfast food are also on the menu. Not only do they boast an extensive menu, but all items are affordable.“Certain things are cheaper than at Starbucks, and they taste better,” customer Nishon Brown said.With their extensive and inexpensive menu and openness to the community, Culture Coffee is exactly what Cooper and Stevens envisioned. However, Cooper and Stevens said the business has not been profitable yet.“Business is steadily growing, a nice, even, slow pace, nothing fast,” Cooper aid. “It is a slow, steady climb.”Culture Coffee is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » With 80 percent of the US population owning a smartphone, I suspect you have thought about whether you need your own mobile application for your business and beyond. Yet, less than one third of businesses have a mobile application and 90 percent of websites are not mobile optimized. The average cost to develop a mobile app ranges from $38,000 per platform on the low end, to $270,000 on the high end and can easily climb to $500,000 or higher. The actual cost can vary widely and depends on a lot of factors from which operating system you need to be on, the functionality you need, and the design elements. And, it’s not just building an application – which on average takes more than seven months – but you need to maintain it to make sure it works as the operating systems evolve.So, how do you decide whether the investment is worth it? I often get asked this question. So at Yapp, we developed this quiz to help you decide whether you really need a custom app for that, or whether a self-service platform or mobile website will do. Take the Quiz Now.Close Related: 3 Strategies for Winning In the Hyper-Competitive Market for Apps Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 6, 2015
Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.Jack Groetzinger, CEO and co-founder of SeatGeek — a search engine that sells tickets to concerts, games and other events — isn’t sold on the phrase “work-life balance.”That attitude is likely a product of running a company that sells tickets for nearly 480,000 teams and artists at over 350,000 venues. For Groetzinger, work is life.“The phrase work-life balance applies to two separate things that you’re trading off between, and for me they all sort of mold into one,” Groetzinger says. “It’s not like work ever really ends.”Despite the inability to separate work from non-work, Groetzinger still hasn’t burned out from being CEO of SeatGeek, and has even found an interesting way to stay focused — gamifying his to-do list.We caught up with Groetzinger and asked him 20 questions to figure out what makes him tick:1. How do you start your day?Outside of the normal morning routine stuff, the one thing I do before I come into the office is meditate for 10 minutes.I’ve been influenced by social psychology dysphemism literature which shows that meditation provides the highest return on investment for how you can spend your time, increase productivity and happiness.2. How do you end your day?Very unceremonious. Usually at work, out with friends or some social thing and then come home and go straight to bed. I try to avoid T.V., because it’s inherently addicting and ultimately unfulfilling. It’s a digital narcotic.Related: Behind a $100 Million Mattress Startup, Casper Co-Founder Shares Advice on Finding Success as an Entrepreneur3. What is a book that has changed your mind and why?Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini, which talks about the way human beings are influenced in sort of non-logical or non-rational ways. It seems a little Machiavellian. It’s the way you use sell tactics to get people to comply with you, but I think that it can also be used for good. In the case of SeatGeek, figuring out how we can harness social psychology, human psychology, to allow people to do more stuff, have more fun and go to more events.4. What is a book you always recommend and why?I began to think differently about chance after reading Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets. That booked changed how I make decisions and interpret events post hoc.5. What is a strategy you use to keep focused? I only check email three times a day to avoid the black hole of email. I block out 30 minutes on my calendar three times a day to do that, it’s kind of a reserved email time to maximize that 90 minutes a day, so that the rest of my day is focused on other things.Related: How Finding a Single Egg in Nicaragua Inspired the Founder of This $300 Million Company6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?By the time I got into middle school or high school I did want to start my own company. I did a few stupid small things for fun while I was actually in high school, then in college and then continued to do that after I graduated.I find starting startups so much fun, because it seems like the ultimate expression of business creativity. Doing a startup means solving a problem with near-infinite degrees of freedom. And unlike other challenges in life — like, say, running a marathon — if you succeed, you hopefully leave behind something profound.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had? I’ve only had one job outside of working at my own company, and he was a great boss, so I haven’t had a bad boss. I guess that’s a good thing.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach work?My co-founders, Russ and Eric. A majority of my career has been spent working alongside them in the trenches. They’ve influenced my thinking in thousands of little ways.Related: 10 Steps to Finding the Right Co-Founder9. What’s a trip that changed you?When I was in college I taught English in Chile in a poor region near the desert. It was the opposite of first world, American culture, and for me it gave me a lot of perspective.Chile kind of showed me the other side of the spectrum where people are trying to sustain themselves. What we are able to do at SeatGeek is a luxury and as long as everyone has their basic needs met, we are able to focus on allowing people to do more stuff. We are all lucky to be able to do that.10. What inspires you?SeatGeek users. I get a rush whenever I meet one of our users in the real world. Our users depend on us. Many of them love the brand and software we’re building. I feel a tremendous duty to delight them.11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it? In high school I ran a small company that edited people’s college essays. I built relationships with a few retired English teachers. Folks who were applying to college and needed help editing an essay would submit their work via our website and then we would hook them up with an English teacher who would work with them to make it better.That was back in 2001 and 2002 and was a marketplace. SeatGeek is a marketplace, so it gave me exposure to the power of being able to connect people on the internet.12. What was a job you had early on in life that has taught you something important or useful?I had an internship in college at a consulting firm where I got good at Excel; that skill has served me well ever since. In a lot of ways Excel is like the modern layman database. SeatGeek is a very data-centric company.13. What is the best advice you ever took?From my father: “You can work a decade to earn someone’s trust; you can lose it forever in five minutes.”14. What is the worst advice you ever received? My co-founder Russ and I quit our consulting jobs the same week back in 2008 to do a startup together. We intended to start a site focused on live entertainment analytics (what eventually became SeatGeek) but got some bad advice from an IP lawyer, who said we’d be violating an active patent. Eighteen months later we got a second opinion from another lawyer who told us the previous guy was wrong.Related: Weebly’s Founder Explains the Richard Branson Moment That Changed How He Ran His Company15. What is a productivity tip you swear by? I keep a do-list of everything I want to do. In addition to sort of listing everything out, I also rank everything by importance and put next to it an estimated number of minutes that I think it will take to complete. I have a start and end time associated with each of those as well, so it sort of gamifies the process of working through your to-do list. 16. Do you use an app or any tools to get things done or stay focused? I use Google Sheets a ton, which is what I use for what I just described [above].17. What does work life balance mean to you?The phrase work life balance applies to two separate things that you’re trading off between, and for me they all sort of mold into one — it’s not like work ever really ends. In a lot of ways it is my life, so it sort of all one thing. I think the dichotomy is maybe a bit false.18. How do you prevent burnout? I think burnout means you can’t work effectively anymore, so doing things outside of work can help prevent burnout and makes you more productive.Ultimately it’s just by trying to create a schedule, social stuff with friends, etcetera. I force myself to do that, not every day, but as much as I can.19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what strategies do you use to get innovate or get over that block? I usually just try doing something else for a while and come back to it. I think time helps.20. What are your learning now and how do you think that will help your future? Executive hiring. So not just hiring individual contributors here, but rather folks who are really going to run and manage teams. I think as SeatGeek continues to grow it’s going to be continually important.Related: 5 Ways to Make Your Company’s Hiring Process More FairThis interview was edited for brevity and clarity. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 8 min read August 25, 2016
UPDATE:Costa Rica did it the easy way. The Ticos beat Italy, 1-0, on Friday. Costa Rica is in the knockout round for only the second time ever, matching the success of the 1990 team.La Sele, thanks to its six points and large goal differential advantage, likely will top Group D and face the second place team in Group C on Sunday at 2 p.m.Before that Costa Rica will play England on Tuesday at 10 a.m. That match is almost meaningless, with England eliminated following Costa Rica’s win and La Sele needing to suffer a huge collapse to not claim the top spot in Group DOriginal story follows below:Costa Rica has Uruguay’s star striker Luis Suárez to thank for the team’s good fortune. After sitting out the Costa Rica match (due to a knee injury), he scored both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over England on Thursday. That victory has the Ticos sitting pretty atop Group D heading into the Italy match and for the final group stage matches next week.Costa Rica-England and Italy-Uruguay play simultaneously at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The winner of Group D takes on the second place team in Group C (currently Ivory Coast). The second place team in Group D will play the winner of Group C (likely Colombia).Here’s how a win, draw or loss against Italy and England would affect Costa Rica:Scenario breakdown for qualification:IF COSTA RICA BEATS ITALY: Costa Rica advances. This almost guarantees the Ticos the top spot in the group, thanks to their large advantage in both points and goal differential.The Ticos likely would win the group even with a loss to England, thanks to holding several tiebreaker* advantages over Italy and Uruguay.IF COSTA RICA DRAWS ITALY AND BEATS/TIES ENGLAND: A tie with Italy and a win against England obviously puts Costa Rica through. The Ticos would win the group, too, if they maintain their tiebreaker advantages over Italy.If Costa Rica ties its final two matches, the Ticos would advance to the second round. Whether Costa Rica wins the group would depend on the result of Italy-Uruguay.A tie against Italy eliminates England, likely demoralizing the English for its final match against Costa Rica.IF COSTA RICA DRAWS ITALY AND LOSES TO ENGLAND: Costa Rica still would qualify in this situation as long as Italy beats Uruguay.If Uruguay wins or ties Italy, then this gets a bit tricky. Costa Rica would be eliminated in this situation, only if an already-eliminated England beat the Ticos so badly that they lost their goal differential advantage over whoever finishes second out of Uruguay and Italy. Currently, Costa Rica maintains a one-goal advantage over Italy and a three-goal advantage over Uruguay.There’s also a possibility of Costa Rica tying in goal differential with the second place team in the group. Then everything gets really complicated, and possibly the team that advances could come down to a coin flip*. We won’t get into that here, since it’s an extremely unlikely scenario.IF COSTA RICA LOSES TO ITALY AND BEATS ENGLAND: Costa Rica advances as long as Italy defeats or ties Uruguay. La Sele would finish second in the group.A three-way tie at the top of Group D is possible if Uruguay beats Italy in this situation. But Costa Rica likely would advance in this situation too, almost certainly maintaining a tiebreaker over either Uruguay or Italy.IF COSTA RICA LOSES TO ITALY AND DRAWS ENGLAND: Costa Rica advances as long as Italy beats Uruguay.If Uruguay and Italy tie, Costa Rica advances as long as La Sele maintains its tiebreaker advantage over Uruguay.If Uruguay beats Italy, Costa Rica would be eliminated in this situation.IF COSTA RICA LOSES TO ITALY AND LOSES TO ENGLAND: Costa Rica could still advance! With Uruguay’s defeat of England, Costa Rica could qualify even if La Sele lost its final two matches. First Italy would have to beat Uruguay, then Costa Rica must maintain its tiebreaker advantage over England and Uruguay in the three-way tie for second place.A team with only three points last qualified for the knockout round in 1998 (Chile thanks to three draws).Of course, La Sele doesn’t have to worry about any of that if the team can just beat the Italians.*Tiebreaker scenarios:1) Overall goal difference2) Overall goals scored3) Head to head in games between those teams4) Goal difference in games between those teams5) Goals scored in games between those teams6) Drawing of lots Facebook Comments Related posts:Joel Campbell and the Ticos against the world: Dates and local times for every group stage match World Cup upsets focus fans on football instead of protests In Costa Rica, one big party following spectacular World Cup win A rebuttal to Wall Street Journal editor’s call for US World Cup fans to ignore Costa Rica
Art installation marks Louvre pyramid’s 30th birthday by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2019 12:01 pm PDT PARIS — A French street artist has created an optical illusion installation around the Louvre’s glass pyramid entrance to mark its 30th birthday.The collage work, made from strips of paper, gives the famed 21-meter-high (nearly 70-foot-high) structure added depth and the illusion of a dramatic mountain landscape.The installation by street artist JR opened on Friday.The pyramid, designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei, was completed in 1989. The design drew widespread criticism at the time, but Parisians soon embraced it.The Associated Press French street artist JR poses in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum near the glass pyramid designed by architect Leoh Ming Pei, in Paris, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 as the Louvre Museum celebrates the 30th anniversary of its glass pyramid. JR project is a giant collage of the pyramid to bring it out of the ground by revealing the foundations of the Napoleon courtyard where it is erected. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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