Sell Like a Human

first_imgWe don’t like people who are inauthentic. We don’t like phonies, frauds, or fakes. We like people who are real, honest, and congruent.We also don’t like to do business with people who are only telling us what we want to hear so they can make a sale. We don’t appreciate someone using what they know about us to manipulate us, persuade us, or coerce us into taking action—especially for their gain.Do You Know MeIntimacy is difficult to automate. The fact that computers now know more about you than your doctor, your lawyer, your priest or rabbi does not mean that you have any level of intimacy with the company who owns the data. You may love Facebook, but it doesn’t love you back. Intimacy is something uniquely human, or at least limited to sentient beings, and something that isn’t easily replicated.The recommendation engine on an online bookstore isn’t the same as Brian calling to tell me he found a signed, first edition of Richard Nixon’s autobiography.Do You CareThe pre-written email that is sent after a computer determines that there is something of note in your communication that calls for an empathetic response is not the same as a phone call from a human being that personally reaches out to you.Empathy isn’t something that can be outsourced to microchips.Prospecting CampaignsThere are some communications that are so transactional that they can be automated, like communications that give you information without requiring any real conversation. Sales campaigns, especially campaigns designed to acquire a commitment for time, require a real conversation. That conversation is the only way one party can address the other party’s concerns. Automation isn’t conversation.Because something is possible doesn’t make it the right choice. More still, like or not, you are telling your prospective client how you feel about them when you automate what should be human. You are projecting that you believe they are a transaction, and not a human.As long as you are selling to humans, sell like a human. 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_imgMeanwhile, table toppers of PKL season 3, U Mumba are Meanwhile, table toppers of PKL season 3, U Mumba are confident of doing well in their semifinal encounter against Bengal Warriors, who have qualified as the fourth team in the contest. “We have been very consistent over the last three seasons. Once we were the champions and once runners-up, so there would be pressure of expectations on us. But we would take tomorrows match as any other important game and are confident of doing well,” said Anup. Bengal Warriors skipper Nilesh Shinde said he was not too worried as all teams have “more or less the same strength” and it would be all about the performance on the day. Both Patna and Pune team captains feel that they are on an equal footing and it would be “interesting and entertaining semifinal clash” tomorrow. PTI CM AH ATKlast_img read more

Jkhand witnesses nearly 4-fold increase in Intl tourists

first_imgRanchi, Oct 13 (PTI) Jharkhand has witnessed nearly four-fold increase in international tourists in the last three years, helped largely by development of dedicated infrastructure for the travellers. The state government is also encouraging cultural tourism, mining tourism, waterfall tourism and tourism across various picturesque spots and developing infrastructure for the purpose, Chief Minister Raghubar Das told PTI. “We are not working one one sector, rather we are working on five to six sectors in parallel,” the chief minister said. Das said Jharkhand would be developing tourism sector in phases and in the first phase, it was committed to develop four to five international tourism spots. “Deoghar is being developed on war footing. Similarly, Parasnath in Giridih, Rajarappa in Ramgarh and Anjanidham in Gumla are being developed. “Whatever important tourist places are in the state they have been connected by good roads, and in the first 1,000 days of the state government, roads have reached all the tourist places. This has helped in the increase of national and international tourists coming to the tourist spots of the state,” he said. The chief minister said the number of international tourists had increased nearly four-fold from 2013 to 2016, rising from 45,994 tourists in 2013 to 1,69,442 in 2016. Similarly, the number of domestic tourists had increased by almost 65 per cent in the last three years. Das said tourist locations were needed to be peaceful to attract national and international visitors and the state government was working towards ensuring that those spots remained free from militant activities. The chief minister said the state was also planning circuit tourism in different regions. The state was readying free bus services at Bodhgaya and Tarapith. The chief minister said next year, the state government would organise Jharkhand Mahatsov, wherein the culture and tradition of Jharkhand would be showcased to the world. He said that Patratu near Ranchi was being developed as adventure and water sports tourism spot. Similarly, Betla National Park was being improved to attract more tourists. PTI PVR SBN RBT PR PRadvertisementlast_img read more

Lineker suggests Ranieri solution for Leicester

first_imgLeicester City ‘Bring back Claudio’ – Lineker suggests Ranieri solution for Leicester Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 00:38 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Claudio Ranieri Leicester City Getty Images Leicester City Premier League Transfers The Foxes controversially parted with their Premier League title-winning coach last season and have now axed his successor Gary Lineker has called on Leicester to bring Claudio Ranieri back to the club in the wake of Craig Shakespeare’s departure.The Foxes, who swept to a remarkable Premier League title triumph in 2015-16, have decided to take drastic action in the dugout once again.Leicester 12/1 to be relegated Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ranieri was removed from his post in February, with former assistant Shakespeare taking the reins following an initial stint as caretaker coach.He too has now been relieved of his duties, with Leicester having collected just one win this season to sit inside the relegation zone.Former Foxes striker Lineker has cheekily suggested that a call should be put in to Ranieri, although the Italian is currently in charge of Ligue 1 side Nantes.Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester. Bring back Claudio.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 17, 2017A return to the King Power Stadium for Ranieri appears unlikely, given the manner in which he was dumped less than a year after delivering Leicester’s finest moment.Whoever is handed the reins, Lineker has warned that Leicester are now paying the price of the “ineptitude” of those behind the scenes.With the club having defied the odds to beat the established elite to the Premier league crown, they now find themselves sliding alarmingly in the opposite direction.Was always a miracle, but it’s even more remarkable really that Leicester won the league given the ineptitude of those that run the club.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 17, 2017Leicester’s solitary success in top-flight competition this season came back in August against Brighton.They have suffered three defeats and collected three draws since then, with their last outing seeing them held 1-1 at home by West Brom. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The Florida State-Boise State Game Is Reportedly Being Moved

first_img BREAKING: Source close to game operations has confirmed to @jaxdotcom that #FSU vs. Boise will move to Tallahassee on Saturday. Game had been scheduled for 7 p.m. at Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Field.— Garry Smits (@gsmitter) August 29, 2019The news appears to be official, as it’s been announced by Florida government.Gov. DeSantis said the #FSU and Boise State game is shifting Saturday night from Jacksonville to Tallahassee— Chris Fischer NBC6 (@FischerNBC6) August 29, 2019Florida State and Boise State were set to play in Jacksonville on Saturday night, though Tallahassee is a better location away from the storm.The game was scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on Saturday night, televised on ESPN.Stay tuned for an official update from Florida State. Florida State's doak campbell stadium at nightTALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of play between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Florida State has yet to officially announce any changes to the Seminoles’ Week 1 game against Boise State, though a new report has revealed that the contest is being moved.Reports out of Jacksonville say that the Florida State-Boise State game will reportedly be moved as Hurricane Dorian intensifies as it makes its way toward the Sunshine State.Garry Smits of Times-Union Media reports that the Florida State-Boise State game will be moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee.“Source close to game operations has confirmed to @jaxdotcom that FSU vs. Boise will move to Tallahassee on Saturday. Game had been scheduled for 7 p.m. at Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Field,” he reports.last_img read more

Jamaica Earns US$1.7B from Tourism

first_imgTourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says Jamaica has, to date, recorded some US$1.7 billion in earnings from tourism for 2012. Addressing a thanksgiving service at the St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Falmouth, Trelawny, on Sunday (December 9) to mark the commencement of Tourism Awareness Week 2012,being observed between, December 9 and 15, Dr. McNeill, said the earnings, thus far, for this year, represents a 3.2 per cent over US$1.6 billion generated for the same period in 2011. The Minister said stopover visitor arrivals also grew this year, increasing by 2.4 per cent between January and October, over the same period in 2011, to stand at 1.7 million, Dr. McNeill pointed out that these figures are evidence of the significant strides that Jamaica has made in efforts to tap into new markets, and expressed optimism that the country is poised for record arrivals next year, consequent on these. “We anticipate 2013 to be a ground-breaking year for Jamaica, and we will continue to tap new markets for opportunities, while boosting destination marketing efforts in these markets,” the Minister said. He also provided details of new flight arrangements and existing ones that have been expanded, consequent on discussions with airlines serving new and traditional markets. “For the (current) Winter Tourist Season, we will commence an inaugural non-stop flight from Moscow, Russia, starting January 1, 2013 into Montego Bay. We have also confirmed flight service from the Czech Republic, starting December 28. In addition, there will also be non-stop service from Paris, France. “Out of the United Kingdom, we will add another flight from Gatwick, London that will become a weekly service starting in May 2013; while British Airways will maintain its three flights to Kingston, and Virgin Atlantic Airways, its three flights to Montego Bay,” Dr. McNeill outlined. The Minister said focus is also being placed on Latin America, while announcing that discussions with COPA Airlines have led to their confirming a doubling of their services from four to eight flights weekly flights into Jamaica, beginning the 2012 winter season. “Approximately 1.1 million seats have already secured for the upcoming winter tourist season. These visitors will come from our traditional markets, including the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as other markets such as Latin America,” the Minister disclosed. Dr. McNeill said the anticipated tourist arrivals result from a sustained advertising programme spearheaded by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), which included year-long destination wedding campaigns; innovative social media initiatives; travel agent specialist programmes; and delving deeper into niche travel markets. He advised that Jamaica will be participating in upcoming trade and consumer shows, as well as other publicity initiatives to further boost the tourism product.last_img read more

PRRD hosting meeting for Old Fort residents at NPCC this Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will be holding a meeting this Sunday for residents who have been forced from their homes in the Old Fort subdivision due to a 2-week-old landslide.In an update on its website this afternoon, the PRRD said that it will be holding the meeting on Sunday, October 14th at the North Peace Cultural Centre, beginning at 2:00 p.m.At the meeting, the Regional District says that it will be giving an update of the current slide situation from the geotechnical experts, hear from Red Cross about evacuee support, as well as medium and long-term planning for housing and vehicles. The meeting is only open to residents of Old Fort – general public and media are not allowed to attend.The PRRD also said in this afternoon’s update that it is creating a plan with the Community Liaison Group to assist residents in retrieving items from their homes and prepare buildings for winter. Since Old Fort is still under a strict evacuation order, the implementation of the plan depends on how active the slide is. The slide continues to be monitored closely by the geotechnical team of experts who advise the PRRD. Residents can volunteer themselves or any equipment they have by contacting the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-784-3200.Regional district staff are also reminding Old Fort residents to stay in contact with Emergency Support Services in Fort St. John to get support for any short-term needs. Those needs can include emergency lodgings, food, and rental cars for those with no access to vehicles. All vehicle needs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

The Latest: Trump signs order on artificial intelligence

NEW YORK — The Latest on Trump executive order on artificial intelligence (all times local):4:15 p.m.President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence.The plan is called the American AI Initiative. Trump signed the directive Monday.It comes after China and other countries have pledged big investments to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care.The White House plan doesn’t include any funding details. The administration says it’s up to Congress to appropriate money.The order is short on details but directs federal agencies to make government data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence researchers. It aims to set guidelines to ensure the new technologies are trustworthy.One critic says the plan doesn’t do enough to address potential displacement of U.S. workers in the coming years.___midnightPresident Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in the field of artificial intelligence.The plan, called the American AI Initiative, is intended to enhance national and economic security and improve Americans’ quality of life.It directs federal agencies to make data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence experts while maintaining security and confidentiality.It also says federal agencies will establish guidance to ensure the new technologies are developed in a safe, trustworthy way.The initiative calls on federal agencies to help workers gain relevant skills through fellowships, apprenticeships, training programs and computer science education.A senior administration official said the plan does not include funding details and it’s up to Congress to appropriate money.The Associated Press read more

American Boeing jet to cut 185 million from 2Q income

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets led to $185 million in lost income during the second quarter.American said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the grounding of its 24 Max jets resulted in about 7,800 cancelled flights in the quarter.The plane has been grounded since March after two deadly crashes.The world’s biggest airline continues to ride a tide of strong travel demand.American is raising its estimate for a key figure, revenue for each seat flown one mile, because planes are so full.The airline now estimates that number will rise 3% to 4% over the same period last year, up from an earlier forecast of up 1% to 3%.Shares are up about 2% in early trading.The Associated Press read more

Canadian dollar loses ground against US greenback on negative sentiment

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2012 5:01 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar lost ground to close lower against the U.S. greenback Wednesday as commodity prices fell and violent protests over austerity in Europe caused investor sentiment to turn negative.The loonie fell 0.48 of a cent to 101.5 cents US as commodity prices failed to get a lasting boost from an improvement Tuesday in U.S. consumer confidence to its highest level since February.In Canadian economic news, the Conference Board of Canada said consumer confidence showed improvement this month, following a weak showing in August. The Ottawa-based economic forecaster says its Index of Consumer Confidence increased 6.7 points to 82.2.A report from Scotiabank currency analysts says with little domestic data available, the loonie is trading on broader global economic themes.It noted the loonie has lost two per cent since the day after the U.S. Fed announced further stimulus measures as European and Asian concerns come to the forefront.Investors were spooked by scenes of violent protests in Athens and Madrid that reignited concerns over Europe’s ability to implement the measures needed to deal with its debt.The developments in Europe overshadowed moderately positive data on the state of the U.S. housing market.The U.S. Commerce Department said sales of new homes in the United States dipped slightly in August from July, but the median price of homes sold during the month rose by a record amount.New-home sales edged down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 in August, a dip of 0.3 per cent from July’s revised rate of 374,000. That had been the fastest pace since April 2010 when government tax credits were boosting sales.The fear is that if there are continued worries about Europe being able to achieve a successful resolution to its debt crisis, that could worsen the recession across the Atlantic, lowering demand for commodities. The loonie’s performance is closely tied to that of commodities.Meanwhile, the benchmark New York oil contract was $1.39 lower at $89.98 a barrel, the December gold contract slipped $12.80 to $1,753.60 an ounce and the December copper contract fell five cents to $3.71 a pound. Canadian dollar loses ground against U.S. greenback on negative sentiment read more

6 Ohio State womens track team members hospitalized released

A member of the Ohio State women’s track team was hospitalized on Friday, but has been released, an OSU athletics spokesman told The Lantern. He said others on the team were also treated after being evaluated.Spokesman Dan Wallenberg sent a statement that said one member of the team reported not feeling well Friday and was evaluated. After that, medical staff looked at the rest of the team for similar symptoms, and an additional five members were referred to the hospital for testing. They have since been released, though the statement also noted “one student-athlete was admitted and is responding well to treatment.”The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday the track athlete was diagnosed with muscular condition exertional rhabdomyolysis.Rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo, is the breakdown of muscle tissues that can lead to muscle fibers being released into the bloodstream. The fibers releasing into the blood can break down into substances that can damage kidney cells. The disease can occur when the muscles are overworked.Wallenberg said the issue did not arise from workouts outside the NCAA-permitted eight hours of practice time per week in an offseason.“It’s important to note this incident was not related to strength and conditioning activities. Student-athletes were taking part in allowable team practices under the supervision of the coaching staff,” Wallenberg’s statement said.Wallenberg did not say whether the school had been in contact with the families of the student-athletes involved.A source with knowledge of the team told The Lantern that OSU was downplaying the importance of the issue.“I think it was just a misjudgment of how tough practice would be,” the source said. “I don’t think they’re reacting enough.”Six members of the OSU women’s lacrosse team were hospitalized with rhabdo in 2012. According to a Lantern article from March 2012, none of those six players suffered kidney damage. A report  at the time cleared coaches, players, physicians and trainers from wrongdoing but recommended that the strenuous workout that contributed to the hospitalizations be dropped from training.Clinton Hartz, a team physician for the OSU athletic department, declined to comment on the matter. read more

Oxford student who stabbed her boyfriend admits she will never become a

Lavinia Woodward Leaves Oxford Crown Court after receiving her 10-month suspended sentenceCredit:Jason Hedges/INS Sitting with Lord Justice Simon and Mr Justice Goose, she said: “We accept that she had powerful mitigation.”This nonetheless remained a serious offence which, in our view, merited a custodial element to the sentence.”It was by reason of the powerful mitigation that the judge was able to take an exceptional course and suspend the custodial term. It was a constructive and compassionate sentence.” The stabbing happened in December 2016 when Woodward’s partner, a Cambridge University student, visited her in Oxford.He realised she had been drinking and when Woodward discovered he had contacted her mother, she became “extremely angry” and attacked him with a bread knife before throwing things at him.He sustained cuts to his leg and fingers as a result of the attack. A promising Oxford University medical student who avoided jail after stabbing her boyfriend with a bread knife has conceded she will never be a heart surgeon after losing an appeal against her suspended sentence.Lavinia Woodward attacked her then partner after drinking at her university accommodation at Christ Church college in 2016.The 25-year-old was given a 10-month prison term suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court in September last year after admitting unlawful wounding, but challenged her sentence at the Court of Appeal on Friday.Judges rejected her appeal, prompting her lawyer to tell the court Woodward has accepted she will never fulfil her ambition of becoming a heart surgeon, but hopes to pursue a career in medical research.Woodward is understood to have one year to complete on her five-year medical degree, which she suspended voluntarily before her sentencing.In doing so, she bettered her position in terms of negotiating the remainder of her studies because the university’s disciplinary committee could not meet to exclude her. Oxford University declined to comment, but a senior source told The Telegraph: ‘It’s in her hands in terms of when she would like to come back, but it’s not a done deal.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lavinia Woodward, pictured, has lost her appeal  Because of the severity of her crime, if Woodward wanted to return to the prestigious college, she would have to apply to continue her studies.  Lavinia Woodward Leaves Oxford Crown Court after receiving her 10-month suspended sentence Mr Sturman told the court Woodward has undergone voluntary drug tests and has been clean for the past 18 months.A character reference from her former professor at Oxford said she was the most talented undergraduate who had been in his laboratory over the past 25 years.The court heard she had made an observation whilst studying which led to the founding of a research department at the university. Lavinia Woodward, pictured, has lost her appeal  Her application would then potentially go through three panels – the proctors, a second committee and the school of medicine – who would either invite her back to complete her degree, reject her request or exclude her. But none of this could be done until she completes her sentence in March 2019, which means her best case scenario would be to hope to get a place on the September enrollment of the same year. Her lawyers argued the “exceptional” circumstances of her case – including her mental health difficulties – meant she could have been given a conditional discharge or a fine.Jim Sturman QC said the suspended sentence has affected her ability to find work and told the court: “I appreciate it would be an exceptional course, but she is an exceptional candidate.”But, rejecting her appeal, Judge Johannah Cutts said the Crown Court judge had taken an exceptional course by suspending her jail term and his sentence was “constructive and compassionate”. read more

H2O Audio Offers New Waterproof Headphones

first_imgH2O Audio, which specializes in waterproof, sweatproof headphones and accessories, just announced a new line of colorful headphones. Flex All Sport Buds offers H2O’s waterproof technology at an affordable price. Waterproof up to 3 feet, this line comes in bold green, pink, black, and blue shades. They comes with three different size of earplugs so everyone can get a good fit.They’ll make a good gift for the athlete on your list, whether that’s a swimmer or someone who occasionally takes a run in the rain. Pick them up from H2O Audio’s site or from Amazon for a list price of $29.99. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Jelly Belly Pioneer Intros Gummy Gangrene Urine Vomit Bloody Noses

first_imgAs they say, there’s no accounting for taste. They called David Klein crazy when he gave the world gourmet jelly beans–until they started selling like gourmet hot cakes. And now, more than three decades later, they’re calling him crazy again, just because he’s given the world candy shaped like a bottle of urine.The man behind Reagan’s favorite snack food has attempted to strike gold for decades since having his best known invention bought out. Klein’s latest confectionary concoctions all seem to largely revolve around the medically grotesque.In recent years, he’s given the world a gummy gangrened toe, bloody nose, and vomit. There’s also The World’s Largest Gummy Heart, a two and a half pound concoction that looks like a severed heart in a Styrofoam tray. That’ll run you $30. There’s also Formula Pee, a candy bottle of lemon-flavored pee.It’s the heart that Klein’s banking on as his next success story. He asked AOL, “what’s more perfect than a heart on Valentine’s Day?”No if only you could get it to say, “Be Mine…”last_img read more

Tetris Company manager Angry Birds is a fad

first_imgAngry Birds is a fad and won’t have the staying power of Tetris, according to The Tetris Company managing director Henk Rogers.Rogers, in a recent interview, compares the booming success of the smartphone game to the long-running popularity of the puzzle franchise. Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds, gets 40% of its revenue from merchandising: not the game itself, but the plush birds and t-shirts on retail shelves. Rogers highlights Tetris‘ different approach in response, saying merchandising is “more decorative than functional.” In short, The Tetris Company prefers to make games, not consumer products like merchandise.There’s one more reason for the different business model: Tetris can’t compete. “Any time you have a character,” Rogers begins, that’s how one can get into the merchandise business. Tetris doesn’t have characters, so no plush toys any time soon. On the other hand, according to Rogers, games that have characters as their central theme “become popular and then go away.” Angry Birds players get burned out and move on to another game, he claims.Rogers makes the argument that Tetris is perennial, but does so in several odd ways. It’s like golf, he claims. It’s like the Happy Birthday song. You see Tetris blocks in the real world. Video games are the mental fitness equivalent of running a marathon, he says.Returning somewhat to reality, Rogers points out that the Tetris brand is strong enough to not need concerted marketing efforts just to sell the game. New Tetris releases on the App Store rise to the top spots despite low marketing spending. Core fans spread the game virally to much success.Then it’s back to crazy talk. “We have an unfair advantage” when it comes to the Tetris brand, he quips. The game is like a virus, and there is no cure. People want to keep “catch[ing] the bug.”While Rogers’ statements are obviously hyperbolic marketing-speak, we do agree on one point: the game is a fad.via IndustryGamerslast_img read more

The Best Anime On Netflix Streaming

first_imgCurious as to the best streaming device for your buck? Look here.In the olden days, getting access to anime was a tremendous pain in the ass. For every series that got dubbed and aired on American television, there were dozens if not hundreds more that only made their way over on quasi-legal videotapes or bootleg DVDs. Fans of Japanese animation learned to work around it, but the advent of fast, reliable streaming video changed everything.Netflix’s initial anime offerings were pretty scarce, but they’ve noticed the demand is there and beefed up their selection considerably. Here’s our list of the absolute best series to watch.This might change as the service gains the rights to new shows and loses the rights to others, so bookmark the page and come back often.Gurren LagannAfter the human race is forced underground due to attacks by the Spiral King Lordgenome, they suffer an isolated and pathetic existence until a digger named Simon unearths a giant robot that he uses to break through to the surface and fight back. It’s a bog-standard premise but studio Gainax executes it with heaps of style. The animation is crisp, clear and well-designed, and the plot is a non-stop roller coaster of continually rising stakes. If you just want some popcorn anime that won’t challenge you and scratches all the comfort food itches, Gurren Lagann is it.Kill la KillCreated by production studio Trigger, Kill la Kill is a wild and violent take on high school combat. Ryuko Matoi is an orphaned schoolgirl who finds herself in a school dominated by a student council that wears uniforms that give them superhuman powers. Armed with a pair of scissors and a sentient uniform of her own, Matoi must beat the crap out of everybody in her path as she tries to get to the bottom of her father’s mysterious death. The setup is pretty basic, but the sheer gusto with which Trigger tackles the animation makes it well worth watching.Puella Magi Madoka MagicaOne of the more successful anime series of recent years, Puella Magi Madoka Magica took the “magical girl” trope and brought it into the 21st century with a new approach. When a group of female students takes on the mantle of supernatural powers to battle malevolent “witches,” things don’t always work out as well as they’d thought. The process of gaining their abilities involves selling their soul to a mysterious entity, and if they get too overcome by despair, they transform into the very monsters they fight. It’s extremely impressive visually and the complex, multilayered plot is challenging for anime.AggretsukoFrom the mascot maniacs at Sanrio comes Netflix exclusive anime Aggretsuko, a very different offering from the rest of the streaming service’s productions. Retsuko is a red panda who works for an accounting company (everybody else is an animal too, it’s cool). During the day, she’s a model employee, but at night she lets off her tension by singing death metal karaoke at a bar. Despite the funny animal trappings, this is a remarkably astute and progressive workplace comedy that has a lot to say about sexism, overwork and romance. The second season is in production and scheduled to drop next year.RobotechIn many ways the series that started it all in the Western world, Robotech took three unrelated Japanese series and mashed them together into one mammoth overarching plotline. American audiences had never seen anything like it, and even though the dub certainly has its share of detractors it’s a vital document in anime history. Netflix has the first and most popular season, based on Super Dimension Fortress Macross, streaming now. When humanity comes into conflict with the alien Zentraedi, it opens our frontiers into space and the mysterious Protoculture.Rurouni KenshinWhat Netflix lacks in current anime it more than makes up for in all-time classics. Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most influential series of all time, the tale of a swordsman who wanders Meiji-era Japan helping people out while upholding a vow to never again take another life. It’s originally ran from 1996 to 1998, and despite being two decades old still holds up really well. The series was aired on Toonami here in the States, but edited for content. Netflix’s version has all of the problematic stuff happily restored. This one’s great for old-school adventure done right.Soul EaterBased on the manga series by Atsushi Ōkubo, Soul Eater hits all the sweet spots of shonen anime. The students of the Death Weapon Meister Academy must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch to evolve their weapons into “death scythes.” Here’s the twist, though: their weapons can transform into people and have personalities and needs of their own. It’s the kind of gratuitously silly concept that thrives in Japanese animation, and the three main characters and their partner weapons are fun characters. Lots of big battles and set pieces make this a kinetic, fast-moving watch.Devilman CrybabyBased on the classic Go Nagai manga, Devilman Crybaby has everything we want in an anime – outrageous violence, motions raised to a fever pitch and stunningly weird character design. When a high school student becomes the host for an ultra-powerful demon, it kicks off an orgy of destruction and chaos that is both visceral and hilarious. Over the course of ten episodes, Devilman Crybaby escalates to a fever pitch as the stakes get higher, and the climax has to be seen to be believed. Very much worth your time.Your Lie in AprilFor something a little more subdued, Your Lie in April is relationship anime that plunges deep into the human heart. When teenage piano prodigy Kosei Arima’s cruel, domineering mother dies unexpectedly, it sends him into a deep depression that removes the joy of music from his life seemingly forever. Four years later, he meets a teenage girl violinist with a carefree spirit that hides a dark truth, and the pair bond and restore their shattered psyches through performance. It’s touching, beautifully animated and eminently binge-watchable.Sword Art OnlinePeople getting caught in video games has been an anime trope for seemingly forever, but Sword Art Online handles it in entertaining fashion. When a popular VR game imprisons a group of 10,000 players inside it, they have to band together and fight through a 100 floor tower of monsters. If they die in the game, they die in real life, and they can’t unplug until they’re done. The plot moves at a brisk clip, with fun fights and well-constructed characters.Knights of SidoniaAnother series snapped up for exclusive streaming by Netflix, Knights of Sidonia is solid sci-fi that goes to some surprising places. Taking place a thousand years after Earth was destroyed by morphing aliens, survivors live on a spaceship that has developed its own bizarre culture of genetic experimentation. The aliens, known as the Gauna, are still looking to take the last remaining humans out, so they fight back (in classic fashion) with giant robot suits called Gardes. This is a solid, modern take on a classic concept that manages to fuse in a bunch of cutting-edge science fiction ideas along with the crisp action and solid character work.Removed From NetflixSadly, shows don’t stay streaming forever, and every month the selection on Netflix changes. When a show gets taken off of the service, we’ll put it down here and let you know where else you can get it.Deadman WonderlandAfter a catastrophic earthquake sinks most of Japan into the ocean, high school student Ganta Igarashi’s life gets even worse when he’s framed for the murder of his entire class and sentenced to Deadman Wonderland, a bizarre prison slash theme park. While behind bars he develops blood-controlling powers and hunts for the actual murderer. He also has to fight in vicious gladiatorial games where losers get body parts removed if they survive. This one’s pretty balls-out weird and where it lacks in coherent plot it more than makes up for in spectacle.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoPsycho-PassA sort of spin on the Minority Report concept, Psycho-Pass is set in a dystopian future where everybody is forced to undergo constant monitoring of their mental and emotional state to catch them before they commit crimes. The show’s protagonist, police inspector Akane Tsunemori, is tasked with hunting down a master criminal whose brain doesn’t exhibit any of the giveaways, making scanning useless. It’s brisk, violent, and explores some tricky moral ground.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoSamurai ChamplooDirector Shinichirō Watanabe followed up his justifiably legendary Cowboy Bebop with this popular series. Merging Edo-era Japanese adventure with a background track of hip-hop beats, Samurai Champloo is iconoclastic and fun as hell. Two swordsmen team up with a young girl on a quest to find a samurai who smells like sunflowers. On the way, they come into contact with a wide array of quirky characters and engage in some thrilling, beautifully-animated swordfights.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoOuran Highschool Host ClubNot all anime is about swordfights and giant monsters – otaku know that well-rounded characters and high drama also make for unskippable watching. One series that wins raves is Ouran Highschool Host Club, which has two full seasons streaming on Netflix. The show follows a female student who is mistaken for a boy due to her short hair and conscripted into the Host Club, a bizarre group of kids who entertain female students for cash. This is based on a real thing in Japanese culture, but setting it in a high school opens up a whole new world. The show is smart, touching and often quite funny.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoFairy TailFor many people, anime is like comfort food. We’re not looking for anything to challenge our perceptions or make us think too hard, just something that’ll keep our attention and trigger our happy memories. Shows like Fairy Tail were seemingly made for that purpose. The plot is wafer-thin – a group of five wizards travel a fantasy kingdom battling an evil power – but stories move along at a brisk pace, the animation is charming, and there are tons of episodes to watch.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoAttack On TitanOne of the most compelling anime series of recent years, Attack On Titan starts with a dynamite premise and then racks up the tension from there. Humanity lives inside walled cities that barely protect them from the Titans, massive cannibalistic giants that roam the wastelands. When the town of Shiganshina is breached, a trio of friends join the Scout Regiment to venture forth and battle the giants. With lots of grisly, uncompromising violence and some very unexpected plot twists, this one will keep you glued to the screen all night. The manga is still being published, so it’s possible the anime will continue after one season.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBlack ButlerWhen a young aristocrat seeks revenge against the murderers of his parents, he signs a contract with a demon who masquerades as his butler in this popular horror anime. Protagonist Ciel Phantomhive revels in the chaos and disaster that his infernal manservant provides, but the undercurrent of impending doom gives Black Butler more emotional resonance than your typical anime series. The relationship between the duo is complex and fascinating, plumbing depths that cartoons don’t normally explore. The animation is also of very high quality, and special praise is reserved for the epic theme music.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoMushishiBased on a popular manga series, Mushishi follows a man named Ginko who travels through Japan investigating “mushi,” primitive spirits that cause trouble. Unlike much of the anime on this list, Mushishi is oddly peaceful, almost pastoral. Ginko’s travels are loose and episodic, never staying in one place too long. There’s not a ton of weight on anything, making it a really nice series to just chill out with on a snowy winter day. It’s also got a great atmosphere, with arresting music and some of the best animated snow ever filmed.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBleachBased on one of the most popular manga series of all time, the anime adaptation of Bleach gives you all the swordplay and massive monsters you want. Protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki stumbles into the powers of a Soul Reaper and comes into conflict with all kinds of enemies. The stylish anime stretches across a staggering sixteen seasons, which Netflix only had the first three of. It’s still plenty of intense fights, cool-ass monsters, hot babes and high drama well worth a couple weeks of binge watching.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoDeath NoteBased on a super-popular manga, Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, a high school over-achiever who finds a notebook that lets him untraceably murder anybody by writing their name. He attempts to use it to make the world a “better place,” by his notoriously stringent standards. This brings him into conflict with a reclusive young detective and the cat and mouse game the two play is incredibly compelling. Netflix is producing a live-action Westernized version of the story to debut in 2017, but we’re not terribly excited for it.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoOn the market for an all-in-one streaming media device? Look here.last_img read more

Borough Candidate Filing Period Ends Thursday

first_imgUpcoming vacancies on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly include: The districts of Nikiski, Soldotna and the central peninsula will have vacancies that need to be filled. There are also three positions open on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. The Kalifornsky, east peninsula and south peninsula districts have openings. Absentee in-person voting begins September 16 through Election Day, October 1. These positions are currently held by Wayne Ogle, Dale Bagley, and Paul Fischer. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The filing period for Candidates interested in running for municipal office for the October 1 regular election ends on Thursday, August 15. For more information visit the boroughs website, at The candidate filing period begins August 1 and ends at 4:30 p.m. August 15. The deadline to register to vote in regular municipal elections is September 1.last_img read more

49 Voices Apayo Moore of Aleknagik

first_imgApayo Moore (Photo courtesy of Apayo Moore)This week we’re hearing from Apayo Moore from Aleknagik. Moore is an artist who recently painted an 80-foot mural at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.Listen nowMOORE: When I was younger, just like little kids like doing… especially little girls, they like impressing their dads. And my dad saw that I kinda had a natural ability with drawing and he said, “Hey, you’re an artist.” And I really grabbed onto that and I was like if he says I’m an artist, I must be an artist.And so, he would teach me how to draw things like dogs. He would give me pointers and I would really hold on to every word that he said and follow his advice and kinda get coached that way.And then as I went into school, it just kinda came out with my classmates, where they recognized it themselves and when we had to do drawing projects, I’d have a little little line of people coming over, “Will you draw me this? Will you draw this for me?” And it was just kind of a position that I was placed in by the people around me recognizing what skills I had to contribute.Yeah, I’ve always been a tomboy. At one point, I wanted to be in the WNBA. So when I went to community college, I was only going because I could play basketball there. I wanted to work on the Slope, and I was gonna drive rigs. I also wanted to be a carpenter. But that’s the wonderful thing about living in rural Alaska is that I’m able to do a lot of the things that I’ve always dreamt of, and there’s not really any limitations. I get to learn how to work on motors if I want to. I know general construction, you know, I did a tiny home building class.I live off-grid in Aleknagik, so I have a generator, and it kinda forces me into needing to do these other trade skills that… be careful what you wish for because you might end up working really hard. But in my perspective, it’s what makes me mentally healthy and it makes my well-being continue to see things that are inspiring, so my artwork is effective in just sharing our way of life.Feedback that I was getting was, “Well if you wanna be an artist, you can’t live in rural Alaska.” And I said, you’re dead wrong. I am so inspired when I’m in rural Alaska. How am I going to produce if I’m living in a city when all my inspiration is a $300 dollar ticket away.last_img read more

Villagers revolt against TDP MLA in Guntur district

first_imgGuntur: Repalle TDP MLA Anagani Satya Prasad has faced bitter experience from the villagers during his tour to the flood-affected areas in Guntur district. MLA Anagani has went to Penumudi Pallepalem village to visit the flood-affected victims on Thursday. During the tour, he provoked the people to raise their voice against the government over flood aid. With this, the people have revolted against him and questioned MLA have you visited our village in the last five years. The villagers said when the floods hit their area, the government has supported them by providing the food. They suggested the MLA not to do unnecessary politics. On seeing the outrage of the people, MLA Anagani Satya Prasad has left from the place.last_img read more