Rising Star Brad Parsons Shares New Single “Stay Close” [Premiere]

first_imgOnce people get the chance to see Brad Parsons, the Portland-based singer-songwriter, they don’t easily forget him. As an Artist-At-Large for both Winter WonderGrass and the Northwest String Summit this year, Parsons has been enrapturing audiences across the country with his almost-unreal powerhouse of a voice and his genre-bending blend of psychedelic rock and Americana. And, it’s not just his steadily growing fan base that knows that he’s got something special going on. The former member of Horse Feathers gets a lot of love from other musicians, including being tapped as a special guest for Fruition for last year’s Jam Cruise.To get folks excited about the upcoming debut of his new full-length album, Hold True, in January, Parsons is previewing a track off it, “Stay Close,” before it becomes available to the public on digital stores tomorrow. The bluesy song showcases Brad’s soulful vocals and skills on the guitar and keys, and also features Fruition’s Tyler Thompson on drums and vocals, Jeff Leonard on bass, and Jay Cobb Anderson on electric guitar.Listen to the previously unreleased track, “Stay Close,” below.Make sure to keep an eye out for the full release of his album, Hold True, which features members of Fruition, Trout Steak Revival, and the Drunken Hearts.In addition to a tour in the works to accompany the album drop, friends in the Pacific Northwest can check Brad Parsons out with the Lil’ Smokies and Head for the Hills tonight at the Star Theater in Portland. He and the Lil’ Smokies will continue onto the Green Frog in Bellingham, WA on Friday and the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA on Saturday.last_img read more

Grab reports rise in deliveries, tipping during outbreak

first_imgGrab also recorded a 4 percent increase in GrabFood delivery orders after the implementation of physical distancing.Grab said customers were ordering healthier food during the outbreak.”While other countries have seen a decline in healthy food orders, Indonesians are eating a bit healthier with healthy food orders up by 7.4 percent,” said the company, which operates in nine countries in Southeast Asia and East Asia.Read also: Food deliveries, online game purchases up as people stay at home during COVID-19 pandemic Ride-hailing service provider Grab has reported an increase in orders as physical distancing causes Indonesians to buy and send more items using online platforms.In a statement issued on Tuesday, Grab Indonesia reported a 22 percent and 21.5 percent increase in GrabMart and GrabExpress orders respectively from February to March.GrabMart is an online grocery shopping service, and GrabExpress is a courier service. The outbreak, however, has not changed Indonesians’ love for snacking. Snack orders have increased by 15.4 percent.”Fried chicken remains Indonesians’ favorite food, followed by iced coffee and noodles.”The company also reported that Grab drivers and delivery partners were getting bigger tips.The average tip for GrabFood orders grew by 63 percent from the previous month. The number of orders in which drivers received a tip increased 38 percent from February to March.”While it may be difficult right now to find the light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel, we can come out of this stronger together by supporting our local communities, being kind to each other and, most importantly, continuing to stay home,” concluded the Grab statement.Topics :last_img read more

You Sell as a Peer

first_imgIf you believe you are a vendor, your dream client isn’t going to perceive you as their peer. They’re going to perceive you as transactional, as a commodity. Your dream clients have lots of vendors. The prospect of dealing with another salesperson who doesn’t create enough value to be worth their time doesn’t excite them.If you believe that your dream client is always right and it is only your job to help them buy what they want to buy without question, you will never be perceived as a peer. A peer would challenge their thinking when it needed challenged. A peer would also make sure that whatever they did together was the biggest value-creating initiative they could dream up.If you avoid the difficult conversations around what your dream client really needs to do to produce the results they want, then you are something much less than a peer. A peer isn’t afraid to engage in constructive disagreements. They know how to disagree professionally, and they know how to nudge conversations in the right direction, opening their prospective clients to new ideas.If you are afraid that you will lose your opportunity by bringing other stakeholders into the decision making process, then you are not really in control of the process, you’re not giving your dream client good advice, and you are not a peer. A peer would help them build consensus. They wouldn’t run from the risk only to put their opportunity and their client’s goals at risk of loss to the status quo.If you are uncomfortable talking about the necessary investment for producing the results your dream client needs, you might be an order-taker, a vendor, or a supplier. But you aren’t someone your dream client can ever count on like they would a peer. If you allow your client to underinvest because you are uncomfortable with your pricing, you don’t believe in your solutions and neither will your dream client. A peer would help them spend the right amount for the right result.If you don’t have the business acumen and situational knowledge to sit across from your dream client and identify their possible paths forward, the appropriateness of each choice, and trade offs they will have to make based on each choice, you aren’t a peer. If there is information parity between you and your dream client, you aren’t a peer. If they know as much as you because they have the Internet, you’re in seriously deep trouble.Your dream client isn’t trying to hire a salesperson. They’re trying to hire someone who can help them deal with the challenges they face and capitalize on the opportunities in front of them. They’re looking for a business partner who can give them good counsel and help them execute on the right solutions.You sell best when you sell as a peer.last_img read more

Asus ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra quick review: Finally, the ZenFones the world deserves

first_imgAsus launches many ZenFones, nay, too many ZenFones. On Monday, it launched three new ZenFones – the ZenFone 3, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Ultra, ahead of Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Things are however different, nay, very different this time round. Different in a good way. Asus ZenFones have never been particularly exciting from a design and build point per se. They’ve been just regular smartphones with well to-do spec sheets. Had it not been for their aggressive pricing, these ZenFones would have been lambasted left right and centre for their near awful looks (and feel). The ZenFone Zoom – boasting of a price tag of almost Rs 40,000 — is a classic example of how Asus cannot afford to screw things up with pricing. But 2016 isn’t just about hardware and pricing. It’s about the design as well. A smartphone has to look good. It has to feel good. It’s safe to say that Asus has joined the party with its third-generation ZenFones…finally.The ZenFone 3, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Ultra are without a doubt the most premium-looking phones that Asus has ever built. Boasting of a full-metal unibody design replete with all the essentials you’d hope for from a flagship smartphone, the new ZenFone 3s also achieve something that even the iPhone hasn’t, yet — invisible antennas.Also Read: Asus Zenbo robot is as cute as it is smartOf the three, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the company’s new flagship phone, while the Ultra variant is simply a super-sized version of it. The ZenFone 3 on the other hand is the most affordable offering, and, the sexiest. While the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Ultra are near-flat rectangular slabs of metal with a soft matte finish, the regular ZenFone 3 adds a healthy dose of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 into the mix. The approach – a curved 2.5D glass-metal sandwich – is pretty reminiscent of the OnePlus X and so is the guiding philosophy — a mass-market phone that looks (and feels) as good as a high-end phone – behind it. The design is trademark Asus complete with its signature concentric-circle pattern on the back that makes the light reflect in peculiar ways on viewing from different angles.advertisementThe ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Ultra are pure metal. The Ultra is the flattest, and the largest of the three ZenFone 3s. At 6.8-inch it is on the edge of being confused for a tablet. Although it weighs a good odd 233 grams, it’s pretty amazing how that thing can measure just 6.8 mm even after cramming in a massive 4,600mAh battery inside. It also comes with dual five-magnet speakers and what is being claimed as the world’s first DTS headphone: X for virtual 7.1 surround sound. The Deluxe and the regular ZenFone 3 come with a mono-speaker.  All the three smartphones come with oblong physical home buttons that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. While the Deluxe and the regular ZenFone 3 have this on the rear, the Ultra has it on the front. All the phones sport physical capacitive keys on the front that are backlit and offer good tactile feedback.The ZenFone 3 has a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display, the Deluxe a 5.7-inch FullHD AMOLED display and the Ultra comes with a 6.8-inch FullHD IPS display. Now, ZenFones have never had the best displays in the business. They have been just regular with mostly washed out colours and average viewing angles. The new batch of ZenFone 3s however change that, convincingly. These are undoubtedly the best display toting phones that Asus has ever built. Especially, the ZenFone 3 and the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. While the Deluxe churns out more saturated colours, the IPS panel of the ZenFone 3 is closer to nature. Both the phones have excellent viewing angles. The ZenFone 3 Ultra would have done better with a QHD screen, but well, it’s not too bad either, especially by Asus standards.The flagship ZenPhone 3 Deluxe is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU and up to a blistering 6 gigs of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory for the maxed out variant. If that wasn’t enough, the phone also supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via microSD (hybrid) card slot.The ZenFone 3 is meanwhile powered by a humble Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 625 GPU and up to 4GB RAM and 64GB memory while the ZenFone 3 Ultra comes with a Snapdragon 652 processor with Adreno 510 GPU and up to 4GB RAM and 128GB memory powering the whole thing. Both the phones also support expandable storage.All the three phones are dualSIM, support 4G LTE and run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based ZenUI 3.0 out-f-the-box. The latest version of ZenUI tries to cut flab, just a bit though. The phones are still loaded with enough unwanted apps from Asus, some of which can’t be uninstalled. The new version brings in new animations, parallax scrolling and a new frosting effect to the interface which makes it a little more visually appealing than the previous version.advertisementAsus is relying heavily on the rear camera of its new ZenFone 3s, with tall claims about their quick focus abilities, with the obvious iPhone comparisons thrown in every now and then. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Ultra have the same camera setup, which is 23-megapixel camera on the rear with Sony IMX318 image sensor, f/2.0 aperture and a 4-axis optical image stabilisation. Additionally, they feature a 3-axis electronic image stabilisation for steady 4K UHD videos, according to the company. There’s also Asus proprietary TriTech autofocus system that can “automatically select 2nd generation laser, phase detection, or continuous autofocus to provide accurate and nearly instant 0.03-second focusing and subject tracking.” On the front, the two phones have an 8-megapixel camera.The ZenFone 3 on the other hand comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, laser auto-focus, 4-axis optical image stabilisation and dualLED real tone flash along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front.In our brief usage, we found the rear cameras of all the three phones fairly quick to focus, with good shutter speed. The phones’ post-processing algorithm does tend to slightly oversaturate colours a bit, especially in indoor lighting conditions. At the same time, post-processing also takes an odd second or two to do its mojo. Having said that, we reserve our final verdict for our full review of the devices.The ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 are backed by a 3,000mAh battery while the ZenFone 3 Ultra has a 4,600mAh battery inside. All the phones support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. Additionally, the Ultra can double as a portable power bank to charge other phones.Prices for the new ZenFone 3s start at $249 for the 3GB RAM 32GB memory ZenFone 3 (roughly Rs 16,724) and go all the way up to $499 for the 6GB RAM 64GB memory ZenFone 3 Deluxe (roughly Rs 33,517) which is pretty good (read aggressive) for what these phones have to offer. I personally am in love with the ZenFone 3, especially for how good it feels and how pretty it looks.Availability will vary from region to region. Sources have told India Today Online that the new batch of ZenFone 3s may be coming to India in the first week of August. Watch this space for our full review of the Asus ZenFone 3, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Ultra.Disclosure: Asus sponsored the writer’s travel and hotel expenses for the launch event in Taipei, Taiwan.last_img read more

Over 200 tips received in the search for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam

first_imgSEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Then on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22. A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday.  This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops. The RCMP are still asking for tips from the public.  The RCMP say many tips are being shared on social media rather than with the RCMP, and that has caused substantial delays.  If you have any information to share, contact your local RCMP or call 911.The RCMP continues to remind the public that it’s possible the suspects inadvertently received assistance & no longer in the area.Canadians with tips about the suspects should immediately contact their local police. Multiple tips of sightings have been posted to social media & NOT directly reported to police. If the tips are valid, it could create a substantial delay in the response by police. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019OTHER SIGHTINGS BEFORE GILLAMRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21.  At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.”Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod.center_img GILLAM, M.B. – The RCMP has now received over 200 tips about Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, but not one of the tips has lead them to search anywhere but Gillam Manitoba.On day seven of the search near Gillam, the RCMP have said there are still no new sightings of the pair.  “Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc.”No new sightings of suspects. Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/9xp5eg8GnI— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019last_img read more

California almonds becoming mode of terror funding through cross-LoC trade

first_imgNew Delhi: California almonds, known worldwide for their high nutritional value, are being used in cross-LoC trade as a mode to earn profits which are funnelled to terrorists and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Friday.India Thursday indefinitely suspended cross-LoC trade at two points along the Line of Control effective Friday, following reports that it was being “misused” by elements from across the border to smuggle weapons, narcotics and fake currency. The almonds produced in California in the United States have been regularly finding their way through LoC trade involving an extensive transport network. According to the modus operandi, Pakistani traders under-invoice products like California almonds. After receiving the consignment, traders on the Indian side sell California almonds at the prevailing market price and make an extra and undue profit due to the under-invoicing, a security official said. The extra money generated is handed over by the traders to terrorists, separatists or anti-national elements in the Kashmir valley to fuel anti-India activities, the official said. It has also come to the notice of security agencies that a significant number of trading concerns engaged in cross-LoC trade are being operated by persons closely associated with banned terrorist organisations, especially Hizbul Mujahideen. Some Indian nationals who have crossed over to Pakistan and joined militant organisations have opened trading firms in the neighbouring country. As a result, many Pak-based trading firms under the control of militant organisations are trading with firms operated by their relatives in the Indian side. The cross-LoC trade is also being used as a regular channel for funnelling drugs such as cocaine, brown sugar and heroin into the Kashmir valley, adversely impacting the youth and converting many into addicts, the official said. In a recent example, 66.5 kg of heroin was seized from a Valley-based consignee, and it was found that the drugs came through the cross-LoC trade. The trade is being exploited for periodically smuggling arms and ammunition into the valley. Numerous seizures have been made of pistols, grenades, spares and ammunition. Recently, a large cache that was concealed in a consignment of bananas was seized from the driver of a cross-LoC vehicle from Kulgam, another official said. With PTI inputslast_img read more

Mens soccer Ohio State looking for redemption in Big Ten tournament against

OSU senior forward Christopher Soldat slides for the ball during the Buckeyes game against Akron on Oct. 26. Credit: Harrison Reber | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team enters the Big Ten tournament this Sunday at 1 p.m., as they take on Wisconsin in the quarterfinals. The rematch in Madison will come just one week after the Buckeyes fell to the Badgers 2-1 in the final match of the regular season.  “We have a week to prepare and talk about how we can do things differently but so do they,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “They won, so are they going to be overconfident? Are we going to have more motivation since we lost up there? It’s an interesting problem for both teams.”The Badgers were aggressive last time against the Buckeyes, outshooting OSU 15-3 in the opening period and taking a 2-0 lead as a result. The second half seemed to flip the field, as OSU outshot Wisconsin 12-4 and closed the gap by scoring a late goal. “Statistically, we outshot them and out-possessioned them and all that in the second half,” Bluem said. “For 25 minutes we had a man advantage, and that really gave us the opportunity to take over the game. Unfortunately, we were only able to come up with the one goal.”Wisconsin finished the season with a 10-3-3 record (4-2-2 Big Ten). They outscored their opponents 25-12 on the year, with an 8-0-1 record in Madison. The Badgers are led by midfielder Christopher Mueller. The junior Illinois-native has scored a team-high six goals through the team’s 16 games. Mueller also leads his team in assists with 10. Despite the wound remaining fresh from the recent defeat at the hands of Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are excited for the rematch. “Outside of our lackadaisical start, we really took it to them,” senior forward Christian Soldat said. “It was a real hard-fought game between two teams. It always feels great to get revenge on their field and knock them out and hopefully advance to the semifinals.”The team knows its only chance at making the NCAA tournament is to win the Big Ten tournament. For the seniors especially, they do not want the season to end this weekend. “Nobody wants it to be your last game,” senior forward Danny Jensen said. “Right now, a lot of it is on the shoulders of the seniors. We are the old guys who have been through it all. If the seniors step up, I think we should be pretty good.”The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten tournament three times (2000, 2007, 2009). They have an overall record of 18-20-2 in their 25 appearances in the tournament. OSU earned the No. 1 seed in last year’s tournament, advancing to the championship match before falling to Maryland 2-0 in Columbus. While this year’s team may not have had the type of season they had hoped, earning them the sixth seed, the Buckeyes are still extremely confident they have what it takes to win the championship. “There is no doubt that we have a chance to win this tournament,” Soldat said. “We have played every single game close to the chest and have had a chance to win every single game. With this team fighting hard and getting players back from injury, there is no doubt that we can make a run all the way and win.” read more

Football Finally healthy Justin Hilliard eyes chance at meaningful playing time in

Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State redshirt junior linebacker Justin Hilliard’s collegiate career has not gone the way he had hoped thus far.Hilliard, a former five-star linebacker out of high school and the highest-rated player in Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class, has battled injuries since arriving on campus in the fall of 2015, suffering three bicep tears in three years.The injuries kept Hilliard sidelined more than he was healthy. The once-highly touted player has recorded just 18 total tackles in his career — most on special teams — and seemed buried in a talented depth chart.But this spring offered a new opportunity for Hilliard. Two starting linebackers departed for the NFL following the 2017 season and the only presumed starter — redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland — is sidelined until at least the fall with an Achilles injury.After being healthy for the first spring since he’s been at Ohio State, Hilliard now has a chance to earn meaningful playing time.“It means so much [to be healthy],” Hilliard said. “Just because I know what I’ve been through, just kind of pushing through that, some of the difficulties — not only physically but mentally. It means a lot to just be out here in the spring.”Linebackers coach Bill Davis said Hilliard was running with the ones at the middle linebacker position in practice, splitting reps with sophomore Baron Browning. His health has allowed him to finally take practice reps before the start of the season.Davis explained that while natural athletic ability matters, practice reps are invaluable, and Hilliard has had few chances in practice these past three years.“He missed a lot of reps with those injuries and I think people lose sight of that. But Justin Hilliard, right now, has had probably one of the better springs,” Davis said. “I’m not saying he’s behind right now. I’m saying he’s caught up. He’s caught up. Those injuries are why it took him awhile.”But despite the injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of three seasons, Hilliard doesn’t feel he’s missed a beat. He feels he’s every bit the five-star athlete he was coming out of high school — and then some.“I feel like I’m so much further than I was in high school,” Hilliard said. “Mentally. Physically, I feel like I’m further too.”Hilliard said the injuries were to his arms and didn’t affect his overall athleticism.“All my injuries had nothing to do with my legs,” Hilliard said. “I feel like I haven’t slowed down a bit.”Spring practice concluded with no clear leader at any of the linebacker positions, meaning Hilliard’s battle for playing time is not over yet. But he’s pleased with where he’s at and is proud of everything he’s already overcome.“Just looking back on the journey I’ve been through,” Hilliard said, “I still have a long way to go, but just looking back, I’m appreciative of all the things I’ve been through and overcame.” read more

SILLY SEASON

first_img Bahamas repulsed by violence in Paris, says Minister Bahamas congratulates US and Cuba on diplomatic progress WhatsApp, Netflix, Skype; Cutting profits to Telecoms companies Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 5 Nov 2014 – Peculiar messages circulating on WhatsApp in The Bahamas and the scary notes appeared aimed at causing civil unrest between Haitians and Bahamians. “…disgruntled Haitian-Bahamian employees working at fast food places around Nassau….. Do not use ketchup or nugget sauces… injected with bad things…”“…Jamaicans putting chemicals in the water they sell to Bahamians…”The Government has already warned against these sentiments and other actions which threaten any migrant population.Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration has demanded that those behind the mean messages stop! Saying they could provoke violence.The Haitan Ambassador for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos is upset by the circulating accusations; saying they are erroneous and not true.A new immigration policy is fuelling fears and frustrations; though there have been no problems reported by officials thus far.Min Mitchell who returned from country business in Dubai on Sunday, is again out of country… reportedly in Trinidad and Tobago this time. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Fred mitchell, haitian ambassador to bahamas, migrant population, whatsapplast_img read more