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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Social media has a place in selling. It can be the right medium for some outcomes.Social media is better for building your brand than cold calling (unless you are truly a value creator with real phone chops).Social tools are better for nurturing your dream clients than cold calling.Social is better for researching a prospective client than cold calling.Social media is better for planning a sales call than any set of tools previously available, with the exception of human intelligence.But social media isn’t better than some other methods and tools for different outcomes.Cold calling is better for scheduling first appointments with clients than social.Cold calling is better and faster for scheduling first appointments than email. Especially a spammy LinkedIn chat.Cold calling is better for initiating a discovery conversation with a prospective client than social media or email.Cold calling is faster for generating appointments that create opportunities than social media.The phone isn’t better than some other mediums.Demonstrating that you have “chops,” the business acumen and situational knowledge that creates value for prospective clients, is more valuable and effective when attempting to create an opportunity during a face-to-face meeting than it is over social media.Collaborating with your prospective clients and building consensus within the organization is faster and more effective in face-to-face meetings than over the phone, social media or email.Gaining the commitments that create opportunities and move them successfully from target to close is easier, faster, and more effective when you are sitting face-to-face with your dream client then over the telephone, over social media, or over email.Certain tools in certain approaches lend themselves to certain outcomes. Some tools are more effective in some situations than others. You wouldn’t, for example, hammer a nail into a wall using a Phillips head screwdriver.Choosing MediumsCertain mediums create an advantage over other mediums.Social media can get you the attention necessary to build your brand if you have something worth people paying attention to in the first place. The social tools can also help you establish your expertise by allowing you to publish value creating content (which is far more powerful than simply sharing other people’s content).The telephone is a faster and more effective tool for gaining appointments because it allows you to have a real conversation with your prospective client.If speed is of the essence, then you want the telephone.last_img read more


first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “KD’s not playing game one,” Kerr said after Monday’s practice. “I think we already announced that, and we’ll see where it goes from here. This is where the fact that there’s a lot of days in between games during the finals helps us, so we’ll see.”Kerr said it has yet to be determined whether Durant would travel with the Warriors to Toronto when the team charter leaves Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe said that Durant has been working out on his own but is not doing a full practice.“He’s been out kinda shooting some shots, but I haven’t talked to (trainer) Rick (Celebrini) today, so I’m not exactly sure what he’s done today.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Kerr also said that injured center DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps) is listed as “questionable.”Cousins tore the quad muscle in his left leg in game two of the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. The injury did not require surgery.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Serena Williams survives scare at Roland Garros, wins 800th match FILE – DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not play in the opening game of the NBA finals against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday because of a calf injury, coach Steve Kerr reiterated on Monday.Durant injured his right calf on May 8 in game five of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFormula One will revert to its 2015 qualifying format at next week’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and for the remainder of the season, the governing FIA said in a statement on Thursday after backing down in the face of opposition from teams.The change will be put to the F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council to be rubber-stamped, bringing an end to a failed experiment to shake up starting grids with elimination qualifying.The statement said International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt and the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone had accepted the move “in the interests of the Championship”.The teams had earlier shown their unity in a letter to Ecclestone and Todt, calling for the 2015 system to be reinstated and rejecting an aggregate qualifying proposal put forward by the FIA.With unanimity needed for any change to the 2016 regulations, the apparent impasse had threatened to ensure the unpopular new format continued in China for a third successive race unless one side backed down.The 26-member F1 commission groups the 11 teams, commercial rights holder and governing body as well as other stakeholders.This year’s qualifying system, which saw drivers knocked out at timed intervals during the three sessions, was approved hurriedly before the start of the season to add excitement.However, drivers were eliminated while sitting in the garages in the final stage rather than battling for pole on track as in the past, triggering a backlash on social media.Todt and Ecclestone had ruled out going back to the old system at a meeting with the teams in Bahrain last weekend.advertisementWilliams deputy-principal Claire Williams said then that both bosses believed “going back to 2015 would create more confusion than is necessary”.Teams agreed at the Bahrain Grand Prix to vote by Thursday on a compromise solution, which would have seen each driver do at least two laps in each of the three phases of qualifying with the times aggregated.The argument was about more than finding the best way to line up 22 cars on the starting grid, however.In a sport that can crunch vast amounts of data in milliseconds, it comes down to power and who really calls the shots, the teams or the FIA and Ecclestone.World champions Mercedes and Ferrari supply eight of the 11 teams, giving them more muscle in decision-making.”The FIA should write the regulations and say these are the regulations. If you want to enter the championship you enter. If you don’t, don’t,” Ecclestone told reporters in Bahrain.He said the change to the elimination qualifying format came at the request of promoters, keen for more action during the early phases of the Saturday session, and a desire to shake up the starting grid.Dominant Mercedes have won 34 of the last 40 grands prix and eight in a row.last_img read more


first_imgWorld number five Stanislas Wawrinka has added former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek to his coaching team for the grasscourt season, the Swiss player said on Friday. (Latest Tennis stories)Big-serving Dutchman Krajicek, Wimbledon winner in 1996, will join Wawrinka at London’s Queen’s Club next week as the Swiss tunes up for this month’s grasscourt Grand Slam.”As I’m always looking to improve on court, I would like to take this opportunity to announce as of immediately that I have added Richard Krajicek to my existing coaching staff to help during the grass court season for the next four weeks,” the 31-year-old said on his Facebook page.”Adding a former Wimbledon champion can only further my knowledge and understanding of the grass. It’s a real privilege and honour to add such a champion to my corner.”Krajicek will join Wawrinka’s existing coach Magnus Norman and assistant Yannick Fattebert.Twice Grand Slam champion Wawrinka has never really shone at Wimbledon, losing to Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals last year and Roger Federer at the same stage in 2014.It is the only Grand Slam in which he is yet to reach the semi-finals.Wawrinka is the latest player to hire a former Grand Slam champion as a coach.Canadian Milos Raonic, ranked nine, recently announced he would work with triple Wimbledon champion John McEnroe during the grasscourt season.Federer once worked with Swede Stefan Edberg while world number one Novak Djokovic has Boris Becker, another former Wimbledon great, in his camp.last_img read more


first_imgNagpur, Jun 27 (PTI) Amit Samarth, who along with Armyman Srinivas Gokulnath became the first Indians to complete the worlds toughest endurance cycling race yesterday, said the human body has an amazing capacity to do anything, which needs to be explored by all.”The human body has an amazing capacity to do anything. It is important for everyone to explore this potential in them,” Samarth, a qualified doctor specialising in public health, told PTI from the US today.He also said he wants to use his victory to drive and promote sports in his hometown Nagpur and Central India.”The entire purpose of participating in the RAAM was to promote sports in Nagpur and Central India by creating a success story,” he said without elaborating on the plans.Samarth and Lt Col Srinivas Gokulnath created history yesterday by becoming the first Indians to finish the over 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM), the worlds toughest cycle race that covers the entire width of the US from the west coast to the east.”I am experiencing a feeling of achievement and also a feeling of emptiness (emanating from lack of purpose) as the tournament has concluded. I have been pursuing a very serious schedule of training from last year. I practised 1,500 kms per week. It was a very hard race,” is how Samrath describes the race.Among the nine men who finished, Gokulnath stood 7th, while Samarth was right on his heels at 8th, finishing the race in 11 days and 21 hrs. The race was won by Christoph Strasser.advertisementUnlike a stage race like the famed Tour de France, the clock is constantly ticking at RAAM, and the riders have to pedal over 400 km a day to finish the race in the stipulated 12 days. They can rest for only a couple of hours a day at best; extreme fatigue, sleeplessness and hallucinations are not uncommon.Starting from temperate climes on the Pacific Coast, the RAAM enters the furnace-like Mojave Desert, passes through arid Arizona, cold mountain passes in Colorado, windy plains in central America, and finally the Appalachian Mountains, test the riders before they reach the Atlantic coast on the east.In its over three-decade history, only three Indians had attempted RAAM solo, but no one could finish.This was Samarths maiden RAAM attempt. He has done schooling from Nagpur and his MBBS from IGGMCH, Nagpur. He later did his Post-Graduation in Public Health from John Hopkins University, in the US.Samarth is a regular at many endurance events, and has completed several Ironman triathlons and marathons. PTI CLS AA BEN NRBlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Read more Washington DC team to enter Major League Rugby ‘no later’ than 2020 Scotland rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Facebook Reuse this content AJ MacGinty breaks to set up what would be the USA’s winning try. Photograph: David Gibson/Fotosport/REX/Shutterstock HR McMaster on rugby: ‘The warrior ethos is what a good team has’ After another MacGinty penalty, Scotland hooker George Turner scored a try – his fourth in his last two tests after a hat-trick against Canada – which gave his team a 21-6 lead. The Worcester hooker Joe Taufete’e’s first try immediately before half-time kept the USA in the match at 24-13 and the hooker scored again to make it 24-20 at the start of the second spell.The US hit the front for the first time, 30-24, with Germishuys’ try with 20 minutes to go. After an exchange of kicks, MacGinty made a break and linked with the flanker who scored.The Eagles found themselves mainly on defense through the last quarter but kept Scotland at bay until Fife dived over out wide. There was elation when Kinghorn’s kick faded wide of the posts, giving the USA its first win over a major rugby power. US sports Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Read more USA rugby union team Share on Messenger Rugby union Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Eagles, now coached by former Worcester coach Gary Gold, took the lead for the first time with a try to the flanker Hanco Germishuys in the 60th minute. Germishuys plays professionally elsewhere in Texas, for Austin Elite in the new Major League Rugby competition. MLR players and those based overseas made this the most experienced Eagles team in the pro era, and a tough challenge for a Scotland team missing – though not entirely without – its established stars.Eagles’ fans had their hearts in their mouths on a hot Houston night as the US, leading 30-24, repelled wave after wave of Scottish attacks in the final quarter. There was hope the home team had secured victory as they led by six points when the full-time siren sounded.Dougie Fife scored an injury time try but Blair Kinghorn missed the conversion from out wide. Scotland had won all five previous Tests between the nations.Scotland came into the test in confident mood after a 48-10 win over Canada but aware the USA would pose much stiffer opposition after Americas Rugby Championship wins over and Argentina XV, Canada, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay and a heavy win over Russia in their first June international.Coach Gregor Townsend made 12 changes to his lineup, handing debuts to George Horne and Matt Fagerson and giving Jamie Bhatti, Lewis Carmichael, Luke Hamilton, Adam Hastings and George Turner their first starts. Full-back and double British Lion Stuart Hogg was captain for the first time, in his 61st Test. Topics Pinterest Scotland made a dream start when Kinghorn touched down after only two minutes and converted his own try for a 7-0 lead. The USA fly-half AJ MacGinty – employed by Sale in England – narrowed the lead with a penalty before Scotland went further ahead with a penalty try. Horne was denied a try on debut by a high tackle by the Eagles’ Toulon No8 Samu Manoa, who was sent to the sin-bin and Scotland led 14-3. news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… The USA rallied from 21-6 down in the first half and 24-13 at half-time to grab their first win over any tier-one international team, by a single point in a thriller.last_img read more


first_img McElroy’s comments might not be taken so well in Tuscaloosa. Nonetheless, the former championship-winning quarterback isn’t going to let his connection with Alabama affect his opinions..@GregMcElroy says it’s only a matter of time until Georgia wins a national title under Kirby Smart. pic.twitter.com/ENSo3woofa— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) July 16, 2019McElroy spoke highly of Jake Fromm and his ability to lead Georgia the past two seasons.Fromm is one of the highest-graded prospects heading into this fall. He’s shown great poise in his first two years at the collegiate level.If the Bulldogs are going to win a national championship under Smart, then perhaps this is the year for them to defeat the Crimson Tide.Perhaps, the third time is the charm for Georgia. Georgia football QB Jake Fromm celebrating.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There hasn’t been a team that has experienced more heartbreaking losses in college football over the past few years than the Georgia Bulldogs. After losing in overtime to Alabama in the national title game two years ago, they fell short to the Crimson Tide once again in the SEC Championship.Georgia has all the makings of a championship team with Kirby Smart as the head coach. Unfortunately, the program has fallen short to Alabama in the biggest moments possible.All hope isn’t lost for the Bulldogs though, as they’ll enter this fall on a short list of contenders. In fact, former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy thinks it’s only a matter of time until the program wins the national title.“They’re going to win a national championship,” McElroy said on the SEC Network. “It’s just a matter of if it’s this year, next year, two years from now, or five years from now.”last_img read more


“I am also concerned at the absence of progress with regard to finding the Kuwaiti archives,” Mr. Ban wrote in his report to the Security Council.Mr. Ban noted that Gennady Tarasov, the High-level Coordinator for the issue, reported that security conditions in Iraq had improved enough to allow exhumation work to resume at sites known to contain Kuwaiti prisoners of war and to permit the assessment of new mass graves.The Iraqi Minister for Human Rights, who heads the only body authorized to exhume graves in the country, explained that it only had one team of 12 individuals able to perform the task and that they were currently occupied with the exhumation and identification of victims of the previous regime as well as casualties of the Iran-Iraq war.In his report, the Secretary-General extended his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the 236 Kuwaiti and third-country nationals whose remains have been identified to date – one more since his previous report in June – adding that no new information had been received on the fate of the missing American Serviceman, Captain Michael Scott Speicher.Mr. Ban also stressed that despite constant encouragement by his Coordinator and himself, no information had emerged pointing to the whereabouts of Kuwaiti State and historical documents, nor had anyone confirmed that the archives had been destroyed.“No credible facts or possible leads have emerged since my last report regarding missing Kuwaiti national archives,” said Mr. Ban. While noting Iraq’s positive stance over the humanitarian process of identifying and repatriating missing Kuwaitis as well as finding the documents, he stressed that statements of goodwill need to be translated into concrete action.“My appeal is directed to Iraq, as the side responsible for returning the Kuwaiti prisoners of war and archives, as well as to other parties concerned.” 9 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his “serious concern” today at the inactivity on recovering the remains of Kuwaiti and other nationals missing since the 1990 Gulf war, in a report made public today. read more


Elisabeth Byrs, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva that greater financial resources are needed to respond to the situation in West Africa, where over 1.6 million people have been affected and 307 have lost their lives. Benin remained the country hardest hit by the floods, with over 700,000 persons affected, she noted, adding that OCHA will probably launch an appeal for the country at the end of this week.The World Food Programme (WFP) is preparing to reach 385,000 people and 13,000 host families with food aid over a two- month period. Distributions have started in some areas, with 200,000 people, including 27,000 children, receiving food baskets consisting of corn, oil, salt, and beans. Children are also receiving a supplementary ration of milk and therapeutic Plumpy’nut, a ready-to-eat peanut paste that is rich in protein. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which provides resources rapidly to assist people affected by natural disasters and conflicts, will also contribute $4 million to assist flood victims, Ms. Byrs said.Meanwhile, nearly 230,000 have been affected in Central Africa, where 90 people have lost their lives.In addition to the floods, over 52,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Central and West Africa since June, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). The CERF has allotted over $650,000 to Cameroon in order to help the country fight cholera, an acute intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated. 26 October 2010Over 1.8 million people have been affected by floods in Central and West Africa, which have also killed nearly 400 people, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today, adding that Benin remains the country hardest hit by the disaster. read more


The Brock community is mourning a popular hockey player who died suddenly two days ago.Vince Scott, 23, of Mississauga was killed in a car crash in Thorold on April 28. Scott was an honour student and the leading scorer of the Brock Badgers hockey team this season.Scott was a second-year Business Administration student who transferred to Brock from the University of Prince Edward Island. He was selected Most Valuable Player by his team in 2009/10, and participated in community initiatives like Brock’s “Little Badgers on Blades” hockey school.“Vinny had an engaging personality. Our conversations would start with hockey but seemed to evolve into a discussion of our families,” Brock coach Murray Nystrom told gobadgers.ca. “I will always remember his wit and welcoming smile.”Scott is survived by his parents, Bob and Sue Scott of Mississauga, and was a brother to Jenn, Tina and Paul. Memorial donations are being given to the Children’s Wish Foundation and Right to Play.Arrangements are as follows:Visitation:Turner and Porter Funeral Home1981 Dundas Street WestMississaugaSaturday evening: 5 to 9 p.m.Sunday afternoon: 2 to 4 p.m.Sunday evening: 6 to 9 p.m.Funeral:Monday, May 3, 10 a.m.Merciful Redeemer Church (905-812-0030)2775 Erin Centre BoulevardMississaugaInterment will be at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens, Oakville.Links:• Obituary — Vincent Ronald Scott — Turner and Porter Funeral Home• Death pulls Brock hockey players together — St. Catharines Standard• Brock University Badgers: Vince Scott• Vincent Ronald Scott Obituary — The Toronto Star• Otters mourn loss of former player Vince Scott — OurSports CentralGet The Brock News delivered to your email read more


Monkey Dust user is restrained by police “By starting this very public conversation we hope to work with partners to create a joined-up approach that will hopefully lower the number of people using the drug and tackle the production and supply of the drug.”Users of the drug have been seen risking their lives and lashing out in drug-induced violent outbursts. They warned that some users have died while under the influence of the drug.“People who take these substances have absolutely no way of knowing what is contained within them as the chemicals are untested and unregulated,” said a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman.“The effect on the patient can vary considerably; our staff often treat legal high users who have suffered seizures, heart attacks and strokes. Some patients are left with long term illnesses whilst others never wake up.   “Working with our partners we must improve education and prevention efforts to stop people taking the drug in the first place, but we also need to identify more effective ways to treat those already under the influence. Chief Superintendent Jeff Moore said: “The drug is highly addictive and highly unpredictable, meaning emergency services can often struggle to provide the appropriate treatment to those under the influence. “Every user acts differently, displaying behaviour that is volatile and dangerous to both the user and emergency services personnel responding. The level of resource required is often far greater than we have experienced before with some suffering the effects of use for several days. A man high on 'Monkey Dust' prepares to jump off a house and onto a car bonnet below “It is not uncommon for users to mix these substances with alcohol which can lead to an even more severe adverse reaction.“Because it is impossible to tell what substances are used within the drugs, it can make it extremely difficult for our staff to provide treatment.  In short, users are putting their lives at risk every time they take them.” One man, pictured in the centre, had to be restrained by police officers so paramedics could treat his injuriesCredit:Staffordshire Police Police have warned of a potential public health crisis if the deadly drug known as ‘Monkey Dust’ is not dealt with immediately.The psychotic substance, which can cost as little as £2 for a small bag is a Class B drug and its effects have led people to jump off the roofs of houses and run into busy traffic.The drug, also known as MDPV, is synthetic and comes in powder form. It can be snorted, injected or smoked and its side effects can include paranoia and hallucinations. Another effect of monkey dust is that it can make users feel incredibly strong and lowers their pain perception. One ambulance worker in Staffordshire, where the problem is most acute, said that trying to restrain users can be like trying to restrain the Incredible Hulk.Staffordshire Police say that they are receiving an average of 10 or more calls a day related to monkey dust, with 950 incidents responded to in the last three months alone. The man who jumped from the roof had to be restrained by officers after he got up and started lashing out at policeCredit:Staffordshire Police “The effects can lead to the patient suffering extreme highs and lows which sometimes results in patients appearing to be suffering mental health issues at one end of the scale to extreme violence at the other. One man, pictured in the centre, had to be restrained by police officers so paramedics could treat his injuries A man high on ‘Monkey Dust’ prepares to jump off a house and onto a car bonnet belowCredit:Staffordshire Police 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. read more


The highly controversial contract between the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the parking meter company, Smart City Solutions (SCS), can only be terminated through arbitration.According to the contract, if in any event a dispute arises over the terms of the agreement and there is need for it to be terminated, it must be done through arbitration by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) in Miami, Florida.The contract states under the “Dispute Resolution” clause that “the Parties expressly declare that any disputes arising in connection with the interpretation, performance, breach and termination of this Agreement shall be settled through arbitration.”It specified that the arbitration must be administered through the ICDR in accordance with the applicable rules of the Arbitration Committee of the International Business Council.There has been much resistance against the Parking Meter Project since the idea was flouted by the City Council.Since its implementation, that resistance has grown into a mass movement calling for the initiative to be shelved and the contract which was signed in total secrecy to be scrapped.But it appears that the parking meter company has taken all precautionary steps to ensure it is protected in any turn of events regarding the initiative.The contract stipulates that City Hall must be liable for any expenses incurred by the company as a result of a third party action.Among the shocking clauses in the contract are: the fact that the company can extend the duration of the 49-year agreement for an additional 49 years under the same terms of the current agreement, subject to the approval of City Hall; the company was given the option to operate in Guyana for almost one century; the contract’s ‘terror clause’ protects Smart City Solutions, as it includes a clause intended to scare the Mayor and City Council over the prospect of terminating the agreement.Hundreds continue to protest against the controversial parking metersShould the company be ordered by any court to take any form of action, which will incur expenses, then these will become the burden on the City Council.The reimbursement for any loss suffered as a result of third party action is titled “Indemnification.”The section reads, “The city shall indemnify the Concessionaire against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses including, but not limited to any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal costs and all other professional costs and expenses suffered or incurred by the Concessionaire.”The contract also provides for the Company to be reimbursed if any claim, action, motion, petition, summons, writ or other proceeding whatsoever made against the Town Clerk, the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown which results in the delay in the performance or frustration of this agreement.Additionally, if such payment due from the City is subject to tax (whether by way of direct assessment or withholding at its source), the company shall be entitled to receive from the city such amounts to ensure that the net amount received, after tax, is the same as it would have been were the payment not subject to tax.There has been widespread public outcry against the Parking Meter Project over the past months with a movement staging protest action against the “draconian” costs and penalties of the project.Already, the New Building Society (NBS) is challenging the legality of the parking meter By-laws in the courts.The case comes up before Justice Brassington Reynolds on February 20. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedParking meters: Option to cancel contract included in Committee’s final report- FerreiraAugust 17, 2017In “Business”Letter: Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration: Principles and PracticeSeptember 8, 2018In “Letters”Parking Meter contract ‘one of the most corrupt deals’ in Guyana’s history – RamsammyFebruary 14, 2017In “Opinion”,The highly controversial contract between the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the parking meter company, Smart City Solutions (SCS), can only be terminated through arbitration.According to the contract, if in any event a dispute arises over the terms of the agreement and there is need for it to be terminated, it must be done through arbitration by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) in Miami, Florida.The contract states under the “Dispute Resolution” clause that “the Parties expressly declare that any disputes arising in connection with the interpretation, performance, breach and termination of this Agreement shall be settled through arbitration.”It specified that the arbitration must be administered through the ICDR in accordance with the applicable rules of the Arbitration Committee of the International Business Council.There has been much resistance against the Parking Meter Project since the idea was flouted by the City Council.Since its implementation, that resistance has grown into a mass movement calling for the initiative to be shelved and the contract which was signed in total secrecy to be scrapped.But it appears that the parking meter company has taken all precautionary steps to ensure it is protected in any turn of events regarding the initiative.The contract stipulates that City Hall must be liable for any expenses incurred by the company as a result of a third party action.Among the shocking clauses in the contract are: the fact that the company can extend the duration of the 49-year agreement for an additional 49 years under the same terms of the current agreement, subject to the approval of City Hall; the company was given the option to operate in Guyana for almost one century; the contract’s ‘terror clause’ protects Smart City Solutions, as it includes a clause intended to scare the Mayor and City Council over the prospect of terminating the agreement.Hundreds continue to protest against the controversial parking metersShould the company be ordered by any court to take any form of action, which will incur expenses, then these will become the burden on the City Council.The reimbursement for any loss suffered as a result of third party action is titled “Indemnification.”The section reads, “The city shall indemnify the Concessionaire against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses including, but not limited to any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal costs and all other professional costs and expenses suffered or incurred by the Concessionaire.”The contract also provides for the Company to be reimbursed if any claim, action, motion, petition, summons, writ or other proceeding whatsoever made against the Town Clerk, the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown which results in the delay in the performance or frustration of this agreement.Additionally, if such payment due from the City is subject to tax (whether by way of direct assessment or withholding at its source), the company shall be entitled to receive from the city such amounts to ensure that the net amount received, after tax, is the same as it would have been were the payment not subject to tax.There has been widespread public outcry against the Parking Meter Project over the past months with a movement staging protest action against the “draconian” costs and penalties of the project.Already, the New Building Society (NBS) is challenging the legality of the parking meter By-laws in the courts.The case comes up before Justice Brassington Reynolds on February 20. 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By Ayesha Rascoe and Amanda Becker | WASHINGTONU.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut U.S., May 17 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(Reuters) Pressure built on U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday as lawmakers intensified probes into his ouster of the FBI chief and possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia, more fellow Republicans called for an independent investigation and one even mentioned impeachment.The controversy spooked investors, but Trump delivered a defiant message, complaining during a speech that he was being treated more unfairly than any other politician ever.U.S. stocks and the dollar sold off and bond prices rallied as investors fled risky assets amid uncertainty about Trump’s ability to deliver on his policy agenda, such as tax and regulatory changes. The S&P 500 was on track for its worst day since September.The tumult in Washington deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI’s investigation into ties between Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia. This raised questions about whether the president improperly attempted to interfere with a federal investigation.House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan insisted that Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, were not seeing their legislative agenda mired, but the controversy enveloped Washington.James Comey, whose firing as FBI director last week triggered a political firestorm, wrote a memo detailing how Trump commented to him in February “I hope you can let this go,” referring to the Flynn probe, a source who has seen a memo written by Comey said on Tuesday.The White House on Tuesday said the report was “not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited Comey to testify next Wednesday. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said panel members were also inviting Comey to testify at an undetermined date.Trump removed Comey in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian interference in the the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. In a separate but related probe, the FBI is looking into Flynn’s ties with Russia.As the controversy swirled, Trump said in a speech to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in Connecticut he did not get elected “to serve the Washington media or special interests.”“Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,” Trump said.In the face of unfairness, “you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine,” he said.The president has long bristled at the notion that Russia played any role in his November upset win but the Russia issue has clouded his early months in office. Moscow has denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion it meddled in the campaign to try to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.REQUESTS FOR DOCUMENTSThe Senate Judiciary Committee asked the FBI to provide memos related to Comey’s dealings with his superiors in the Trump and Obama administrations.It also asked the White House to provide records of interactions with Comey, including those “relating to the FBI’s investigation of alleged ties between President Trump’s associates and Russia, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, or memoranda,” according to a statement.On Tuesday, the Republican chairman of a House oversight committee, Jason Chaffetz, set a May 24 deadline for the FBI to produce all relevant material relating to any communications between Comey and Trump. Ryan backed Chaffetz’s request.Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the Justice Department name a special prosecutor to investigate the Russia matter. About 10 House Republicans and four Senate Republicans have called for some sort of independent investigation.Interfering with a federal investigation might constitute obstruction of justice and could potentially be invoked in any attempt to impeach Trump.Asked by reporters whether he thought the allegations against Trump were grounds for impeachment, Republican Representative Justin Amash said, “If the allegations are true, yes. But everybody in this country gets a fair trial, including the president or anyone else.”Amash is a member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who has already has called for an independent commission to investigate. Asked if he trusted Comey or Trump, Amash replied: “I think it’s pretty clear I have confidence in Director Comey.”It would be significant if more Republicans began to talk about impeaching the president, as the party holds a majority in both chambers of Congress. A simple majority is required in the House to impeach a president, which would lead to a trial by the Senate and possible removal from office. A small number of Democrats also have mentioned impeachment.Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Wednesday it may be time for an independent commission or special prosecutor, expressing concern about “the continuous and often conflicting reports about President Trump, the FBI and Russia.”“The American people deserve to know the truth,” she said.Republican Adam Kinzinger, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN on Wednesday “it’s time for an independent commission or a special prosecutor or whatever.”PUTIN VIEW OF LAVROV TALKSWord of the Comey memo followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired the FBI director on May 9. Criticism of the president intensified after it emerged on Monday that he discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador in Washington at a White House meeting last week.Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Trump had not passed on any secrets to Lavrov. Putin made light of the matter at a news conference in Russia, saying Moscow was ready to hand a transcript of the meeting to U.S. lawmakers if that would help reassure them.Most Republicans have said the current FBI probe and investigations in Congress into the Russia matter are sufficient. Ryan stuck to that line and told reporters on Wednesday he still has confidence in Trump.“We need the facts,” Ryan said. “It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president. But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House.“I’m sure we’re going to go on to hear from Mr. Comey about why, if this happened as he allegedly describes, why didn’t he take action at the time? So there are a lot of unanswered questions.”However, several Republicans conveyed a sense of an administration in turmoil.“Controversy after controversy or cut after cut is not good for any administration,” Senator Richard Shelby told reporters.(Additional reporting by David Alexander, Doina Chiacu, Patricia Zengerle, Richard Cowan and Tim Ahmann in Washington, and Caroline Valetkevitch in New York; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Frances Kerry) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedU.S. lawmakers push for answers on Trump team’s Russia tiesFebruary 16, 2017In “World”Trump goes on offensive against ex-FBI chief, calling him a ‘leaker’June 9, 2017In “World”Trump, sworn in as U.S. president, promises to put ‘America First’January 20, 2017In “World” read more


first_imgThe bittersweet ending of the US Space Shuttle program is still fresh in the minds of a lot of people, and this 8-minute tribute to the program, complete with scenes from every shuttle mission launched, in space, and landing prove the point.Starting with the first shuttle launch and ending with STS-135, Atlantis‘ landing just last week, the video walks us through the triumphs and tragedies of America’s Space Shuttle program, including the first spacewalks, the Hubble repair mission, docking with MIR, the Challenger disaster, the Columbia disaster, building the International Space Station, and everything NASA has accomplished in between.The entire video is full of beautiful footage from shuttle launches, landings, and missions in-orbit, sliced up with often funny slice-of-life moments of life in freefall aboard a shuttle in orbit. We see the first launch of shuttle Endeavour, and a number of other historic moments from the program. Even though the video is littered with historic and inspiring moments, it’s probably some of the shots of the Space Shuttle rocketing into orbit and floating above the Earth that are the most impressive.The video closes out with a sequence of landings from some of the most recent shuttle missions, including the landing of STS-1325, the last shuttle mission ever. The whole thing is a fitting and emotional tribute to an inspirational program.The video production arm of the journal Nature produced the video, and it’s part of the journal’s celebration of the Space Shuttle program as it comes to an end and we look forward to the future of manned spaceflight.via Naturelast_img read more


first_imgOn Saturday afternoon, Amy Clearman stood in front of about a dozen kids at Fort Vancouver and asked a simple question: “What is archaeology?”Speaking in soft voices, the kids, all between ages 8 and 12, took stabs at the question. Did it involve digging up bows and arrows? What about the bones of Woolly Mammoths eaten by early humans? None of them said anything about dinosaurs, which Clearman later said is a common guess. Their answers, she said, were close.“Archaeologists are kind of like detectives,” explained Clearman, a research assistant and graduate student at Portland State University.She said that archaeologists use clues and the scientific method to “tell a story of who was there.” She explained that the area the kids were sitting in had thousands of years of history and was once used by native people to cultivate Camas. They were about to get first-hand exposure to that history as part of Kids Dig!, a program where kids engage in a mock excavation digging up, screening and identifying real historical artifacts.She gave kids a rundown of the excavation: they’d be using trowels and other tools to dig in dirt pits for artifacts, using screens and brushes to dust them off. Finally, they would write down what they found. The kids grabbed work gloves from a bucket and got to work in groups at four different sites.Using trowels and dustpans, they shoveled dirt onto screens placed over buckets. They sifted dirt away to reveal more modern objects such as old tennis balls and mugs. As they continued digging, they found artifacts from older eras: shards of ceramic plates, smoking pipes, fur and obsidian used by indigenous people to make tools.last_img read more


first_imgIn a column for El Pais, Argentine Jorge Valdano hailed his compatriot Santiago Solari’s football wisdom by reminding everybody of his roots.Even before the first ever match that Santiago Solari managed as the interim Real Madrid manager, it was evident that football scholars like Jorge Valdano would praise the man’s football wisdom.The whole manner in which the Argentine manager arrived in Real Madrid by taking Julen Lopetegui’s spot in the hot seat, didn’t go as probably many of the people who know Solari expected.One of the football legends who know Santiago and has watched him grow throughout his career is Jorge Valdano, another Argentine former player who has a bright past in Real Madrid and is one of football’s most respected voices.Him and Solari share a bond that is very unique, both of them have featured in the Spanish journal El Pais, where they have written countless opinion pieces about La Liga football and Jorge is currently writing every single week.This past week’s piece needed to talk about Santiago’s irruption in the club and how much it means for the man to take the seat in the club that became the bedrock of his whole career, but Valdano was very surprised by the first press conference that Solari ever gave to the press.”Conviene no subestimar a Solari, debajo de su impecable traje hay un balón lleno de barro”, escribe Jorge Valdano. En @elpais_deportes https://t.co/HgoqHc6gET— EL PAÍS (@el_pais) November 3, 2018As we may have discovered in the opinion pieces he has written in the past, Santiago Hernan Solari is a very educated man who has a rich knowledge of the Spanish language.During most of his first moments with the press ahead of Los Blancos’ Copa del Rey match against Melilla, Solari was himself and offered an eloquent set of responses that are in line with his personality.However, there was a minor moment that had a big impression with everybody who knows him after he said that the squad needed to play with “balls”.Using profanity has never really been a trade that Santiago entertains in the way he conducts himself, but he felt that it was needed at that moment for some reason.The reaction from the press was pretty quick, something that appeared to have angered Valdano because he felt the need to come out and defend his compatriot on his latest opinion piece for El Pais.In his words, we can tell that Jorge didn’t take the criticism against Solari very well because he believes the backlash came from a negative place and from people who usually come after Real Madrid for no reason.Valdano wanted to remind everyone, that Solari may have used slight profanity but his football knowledge remains intact.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…¡Solari debuta como técnico del @realmadrid en el Bernabéu! 👌#RealMadridRealValladolid pic.twitter.com/xntbXNXXwj— LaLiga (@LaLiga) November 3, 2018“And along came Solari, ‘with two balls against Melilla’,” wrote Jorge Valdano for El Pais.“The statements that didn’t sit well in Real Madrid’s public farewell to Lopetegui, where the club bragged about their seven Ballon d’Or nominated players.”These types of unfortunate statements are the reason people dislike Real Madrid so much sometimes. On one side, they do have an incredible roster.”“But on the other side, there will always be that persistent claim of authority and superiority coming from Real Madrid. Just to sum this up, I guess that Santiago was referring to a set of Balls d’Or.”“Solari doesn’t have that particular dysfunction, he has a much more complex personality. Even though he may be capable to fully understand Nietzsche, he also comes from a family where everyone is a professional in football.”“When every single member of that family decided to hang up their boots, they made the decision to go back to the more amateur side of the game where uneven football pitches and old footballs were the norms.”“All of them wanted to keep teaching football from a place of wisdom, astuteness, and sacrifice. Santiago has absorbed all of that since he was a kid, which is why underestimating him is not wise.”“Because under that elegant suit, there is also a ball covered in mud,” he wrote.Vinicius abrazando a Solari😍😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/Nk7SZ7PBfF— Real Madrid™ (@RMadridSoccer) November 3, 2018What do you think about Santiago Solari’s first two matches as the Real Madrid manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


first_img Tags More than 800 deaths from automobile crashes in 2017 could be attributed to phone-based distracted driving, according to extrapolated data from a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study.The IIHS study compares distracted driving in Northern Virginia between 2014 and 2017, the latest full year for which crash data was available. According to its 2018 roadside survey, drivers in that area were 57 percent more likely to be fiddling with a device behind the wheel than in 2014. Of all the drivers observed in the study, 3.4 percent were manipulating a phone behind the wheel, up from 2.3 percent in 2014.Here’s how the IIHS ran its study. It placed researchers at 12 locations across Northern Virginia, including both intersections and straight roads. Approximately 12,000 drivers were observed over the course of the study. It then used that data to create a nationwide model, including additional research that showed the risk of a fatal crash is 66 percent higher when phone manipulation is involved. Enlarge ImageAt the least, people are slowly figuring out that physically holding a phone and taking calls while driving is a bad idea. martin-dm/Getty Images Interestingly enough, drivers observed as part of the IIHS study were less likely to actually hold or talk on a phone. Fewer drivers were seen making hand-held calls and physically holding their phones, but a phone doesn’t have to be held to be distracting, and it appears that folks are just finding different ways to use their phones behind the wheel, contributing to an overall rise in distracted driving.”The latest data suggest that drivers are using their phones in riskier ways,” says David Kidd, a senior research scientist with the Highway Loss Data Institute. “The observed shift in phone use is concerning because studies consistently link manipulating a [phone] while driving to increased crash risk.”During its study, the IIHS found a full 23 percent of drivers were engaged in distracted driving, whether that meant using a phone, smoking, eating or grooming. In fact, the proportion of drivers using phones was actually lower than the proportion of drivers distracted by non-phone activities. Even though crash deaths involving distractions have been lowering, the IIHS notes that this data is tough to source, because it requires the people involved in the crash being truthful to the police about driving while distracted. More From Roadshow 1 Self-driving cars: Wait for these to arrive before you pull out the phone.Concept cars: See how automakers envision post-driving life.  2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Our favorite car tech and luxury features of 2018 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 17 Photos Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Car Industrylast_img read more


first_imgPixabayIn an interesting development, two glowing orbs were spotted in the skies of Kansas. The sighting soon went viral on online platforms, and even weather authorities are completely clueless about the bizarre sighting.The National Weather Service (NWS) wrote on Twitter that they literally have no explanation for the mysterious sighting. As NWS failed to give a proper explanation, several social media users started alleging that alien spaceships have reached the earth to monitor human activities. Some users even went a step ahead and assured that extraterrestrials are gearing up for an invasion.We honestly have no explanation for the floating objects over Kansas City.— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) June 21, 2019Popular UFO researcher Scott C Waring also analyzed the clip, and he alleged that the government is trying to cover up realities of alien life.”Thousands of eyewitness in Kansas City saw huge UFO orbs in the sky over the city two days ago. Even the local news recorded a few and posted to Twitter what they had seen. This prompted DARPA to respond saying that they had released three lighter than air objects in the area. I believe since DARPA is a government agency that it is lying to the public and trying to cover up an actual UFO fleet over Kansas City. The US government will try anything and everything to cover up actual UFO sightings and here is 100% proof that they are doing it again here,” wrote Waring on his website ET Date Base.The new UFO sighting has been reported just a few days after United States president Donald Trump expressed his thoughts about extraterrestrial existence. While interacting with ABC, Trump revealed that he does not believe in aliens. It should be noted that Pentagon had earlier confirmed that they had carried out a secret investigative mission to unveil the secrets surrounding UFO sightings. Recently, several US Navy officials had also revealed that they saw flying objects speeding in hypersonic speed, and performing weird maneuvers on the skies.Even though several Navy officials suggested otherworldly possibilities, Leon Golub, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics claimed that extraterrestrial origin of these flying objects is very unlikely.  As per Golub, several factors that include atmospheric effects, and neurological overload from continuous flights could be the real cause of these sightings, especially among pilots.   In the meantime, a section of other conspiracy theorists had started arguing that these glowing orbs could be secret anti-gravity military vessels developed by superpowers like the United States, Russia or China. As per these conspiracy theorists, the flying orbs spotted in Kansas could be spying crafts sent by Russia or China to learn more about US geography and activities.last_img read more


first_imgKader Siddiqui. File photoKrishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) of Kader Siddiqui on Monday formally joined Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, aiming to ensure a credible and acceptable national election in the country, reports UNB.KSJL president Kader Siddiqui came up with the announcement at a press conference at his party office in the capital’s Motijheel area.”We want a credible and acceptable [national] election where people will be able to cast their votes. So, I declare my party’s decision with pleasure that from now on we’re with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya front,” he said.Kader Siddiqui was supposed to come up with the announcement of joining the Oikya Front at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in presence of Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday, but he took time to take the final decision in this regard.last_img read more


first_img National Geographic’s documentary/drama hybrid Mars premieres tomorrow night, and if the pilot episode is any indication, fans of hard sci-fi will find a lot to like about it. The show begins with the very optimistic premise that in 2033, all the worlds’ space agencies have joined together with private space exploration companies to create the International Mars Science Foundation. We meet the crew of Daedalus, the first spaceship to form a colony on Mars. The captain gives the rest of the crew one last chance to back out. When none of them do, the rocket launches.We cut back to 2016 for the documentary portion of the show. We hear from scientists why going to Mars is necessary for survival. If humans have two planets to live on, our chances of extinction are greatly reduced. We hear from SpaceX, whose stated goal, in addition to launching billion-dollar satellites for NASA, is to make humanity a multi-planet civilization.In 2036, we hear the pre-launch interviews with the crew, where they basically echo the sentiments expressed by the real-life 2016 scientists. We then skip the long, presumably uneventful journey to Mars and watch the crew try to land. The thrusters go offline, and the captain has to hot-swap a few circuits to get them to work. Before we find out if he succeeds or not, the show cuts back to real-life 2016 where we learn that landing is really the hardest part. We have the technology to land a one-ton rover on the planet, but nothing heavier than that.The Daedalus prepares to land on Mars. (Photo: Screenshot via National Geographic)This is the pattern the show follows for the rest of the episode. The crew runs into a problem, and we cut back to 2016 to learn why it’s such a big problem. Then we cut back to 2033 to see how we’ve solved that problem in the future. Current scientists talk about setting up a basecamp ahead of time with machines that pull water out of the atmosphere, shelters where people can live and produce food and most importantly, 3-D printers that would allow the settlers to build what they need. That gives us the context we need to realize that it’s a huge setback when the crew overshoots their landing by a significant distance.The mixing of documentary and sci-fi drama works very well and enhances both sections of the show. I get the feeling that neither section would hold up all that well on its own. The drama is a simple, standard space colonization story with very flat characters. What little we do learn about the crew of Daedalus is given to us in expository interviews. When faced with a crisis, they’re professional and competent and emotionless. They’re exactly who you would want to carry out a mission like this, but it doesn’t make for great drama.The documentary, on the other hand, is very interesting and comprehensive. It gets you thinking about what it would take to get to Mars and instills a feeling of excitement that the real-life Mars mission isn’t that far away. But there isn’t much there. It’s all about things that are happening right now, and I don’t know that there’s enough of a story to support a full series or movie on its own. Also at times, it feels less like a documentary and more like a PR video for SpaceX.SpaceX tests a reusable rocket in the documentary portion of Mars. (Photo: Screenshot via National Geographic)But that’s the beauty of having the show be a hybrid like this. Both sections complement each other to create a compelling hour of television. Each part makes the other work. The documentary helps you understand the problems the future crew faces. Even if you don’t care about the characters, you understand what’s at stake; you appreciate the immensity of the challenge, which makes the fictional part of the show so much more exciting. Likewise, the drama lets us see exactly what all these scientists are building towards in the documentary segments. We’re shown where everything is going and are more invested in the work it takes to get there.Mars combines a fascinating documentary with an exciting, if a little dry, sci-fi drama. It reminds me a little bit of Carl Sagan’s Contact, only focused on space colonization instead of aliens. It’s that kind of hard science fiction that you don’t see very often on TV or movies. I’d hope the characters get fleshed out a little more as the series goes on, but it almost doesn’t matter. The combination of modern science and a realistic picture of where it’s all headed is exciting enough that I’m on board for the next six weeks. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterNASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover Prototype at Icelandic Lava Field Stay on targetlast_img read more