Senator Taylor Optimistic About Bridge Partnership Schools

first_imgDuring a visit to the ongoing Bridge Partnership Teachers Training in Kakata, Margibi County, on Saturday, August 6, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor praised the over 330 teachers and school administrators participating in the training. The teachers and school administrators are drawn from eight counties – Montserrado, Grand Bassa, River Cess, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Margibi, Bong and Nimba – where Bridge Partnership Schools will be operating. “I am delighted that a majority of you have closed your ears and your eyes to the politicking around Bridge Partnership Schools, and have taken the bold steps to be part of this new action to improve the quality of learning for our children,” Senator Taylor said.She praised the Bridge authorities for accepting to be part of government’s ongoing education reform agenda through the Partnership Schools Initiative. Senator Taylor expressed the hope that partnership schools will succeed after they start operations in September this year. She noted: “I want this program to succeed so that it can be rolled out to schools throughout the country for every Liberian child to become part of the bold, new and renewed effort of the government to upgrade and improve the quality of learning for all children in Liberia.” “I am an opposition leader, but education is a non-political issue, because it is the future of our children. We should not politicize it, we should embrace new proposals and new ideas that seek to move us forward as we look for answers to the education problems we face,” the lawmaker said. “Bridge is just but one of the many partners supporting Government through the Ministry of Education to meet this end. We should not be fighting or quarrelling over innovations, we should support innovation to enable us to succeed. We should hail this effort and support all the partners who have accepted the challenge to help us solve this education problem. It is serious, and we must deal with it seriously,” the former First Lady noted.Bridge Chief Strategy Officer, Shannon May, asserted that her organization was excited to be part of Government’s efforts to create top and better schools that are powerful and trusted places of learning, where every Liberian child will be proud to learn and boast of attaining quality education comparable to children everywhere in the world. May asserted: “It is [a] disservice to the children of Liberia and to children anywhere in the world who cannot attain quality education of their liking because of the constraints of their parents or because of poverty. This is why Bridge accepted the invitation from the Government of Liberia to be part of this new revolution to make sure that children everywhere in Liberia have access to quality education that sets them on a path to a better life and the future of their dreams.” Liberia has long been grappling with the decay of its education system, poor infrastructure, inadequate human resources, outdated and sometimes poor learning resources. These are among the many challenges that beset the education system, 13 years after the country emerged from the civil war. Exam scores have been plummeting since 2010, with the worst results to date in the just released 2015/2016 WAEC Exams. Acknowledging the challenges, and thinking out of the box to come up with innovative solutions, Education Minister George Werner proposed Partnership Schools for Liberia, a public private partnership between the Ministry of Education and numerous school operators who have proven records of improving learning outcomes in even the most difficult places and circumstances. Bridge International Academies is the first of eight operators partnering with the Government to improve literacy and numeracy for primary students.On September 5, approximately 25 Bridge Partnership Schools will begin operations. Bridge Partnership Schools are part of a national movement to dramatically improve education in Liberia. “The plan is to create powerful public schools which embody the aspirations of the Liberian child: Schools that they can trust, where they have the opportunity to grow and become better and productive citizens,” noted Joe Gbasakollie, who is Deputy Country Director for Bridge Partnership Schools Liberia. Both the teachers and school principals are very excited. Nancy Guladiah, one of participants from Montserrado County, said the training over the last two weeks has opened her eyes and helped her realize that dramatic learning gains are possible when students are placed at the center of classroom activities. She noted that the Bridge training encourages the teacher to engage the children in classroom discussion, which is far better than just having the teacher lecture the whole time. Another participant, Joseph S. Karlon from Gbarnga, Bong County, said students learn by doing, by interacting, by participating, not just sitting for 40 or 45 minutes listening to what the teachers knows. He said that the students must be involved, which is the model Bridge and the Ministry of Education are promoting, adding, “This is the method I have been advocating. This is why we believe our schools and our students will be on their way to the top and become better schools. This is why I accepted to be part of this program.”With September just weeks away, hopes are now high for the initiative, and teachers are already in gear to begin the new revolution, according to Ben Sanvee, Bridge Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Sector. Teachers are learning skills in improved classroom management, pedagogical methods and technology-enabled systems to deliver lessons in real time. 12,000 Liberian children in 23 public primary schools across the eight counties will be covered by Bridge in the ensuing 2015/2016 academic year, which begins in September.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt to set up another ministry

first_imgJust over six months after it was announced that the oil and gas sector will be removed from under the Natural Resources Ministry and handed over to a Department of Energy within the Ministry of the Presidency, Government is likely to create a new minister to take control of the sector, which is expected to explode once oil production commences in 2020.This was revealed by President David Granger on Friday at a media conference, his first for 2018. According to the Head of State, “The Department of Energy itself is just an interim measure. In due course, we hope to have a ministry responsible for the petroleum industry; it is too large. We are now setting up, we are now acquiring premises, we’re now recruiting personnel, we’re now reviewing legislation; so a lot of work has to be done. But right now we’re in the early stages of setting up a Department of Energy, and in due course there will be a Ministry of Energy or Petroleum,” the Head of State posited.Back in March, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had disclosed that he had recommended the oil and gas sector be removed from his Ministry and be placed under the department, which will be “focused only on the development of the petroleum sector.”Government’s spokesperson, State Minister Joseph Harmon, had subsequently said while the department would initially focus on oil and gas, it would later on take over responsibility for energy as well.In the past months, there have been calls for Trotman to be removed from his position as Natural Resources Minister, especially when it was discovered last year that Government had stashed US$18 million in a private account in the Central Bank, which it received from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus.Though this discovery was made since last year, the Government has made no attempts to have the money placed into the Consolidated Fund, when the Constitution dictates that all public revenue be placed in the Consolidated Fund, with the exception being where a specific law allows for the money to be placed in a special account.Moreover, Trotman was also criticised for his handling of the oil contracts between Government and ExxonMobil. In fact, even Government’s own adviser on petroleum, Dr Jan Mangal, had criticised Guyana’s two per cent royalty on earnings from ExxonMobil’s oil sales, which he said is low, compared to global standards.However, at Friday’s press conference, President David Granger said that while the agreement between Guyana and Exxon will be the subject of review by the Department of Energy, there will be no question of renegotiation of the contract with the US oil giant.“Given the circumstances at the time, I think the Government did what was in the realm of possibility. I do not want to answer in the way you may feel it should be answered, [but] given the situation at the time, I felt we did the best we could, given the circumstances,” the Head of State maintained.Nevertheless, President Granger posited that Government will be moving forward and will ensure that it has the best advice in the future before entering into any other contracts.Earlier this week, it was announced that ExxonMobil has made its ninth oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Hammerhead-1 well in the Stabroek Block. With Exxon schedule to commence oil production in 2020, there could be in excess of four billion barrels of oil-equivalent.Previous discoveries on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Liza Deep, Payara, Snoek, Turbot, Ranger, Pacora and Longtail wells had led to the announcement of an estimated recoverable resource of more than four billion oil-equivalent barrels and the potential for up to five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels producing more than 750,000 barrels per day by 2025.last_img read more

Prayer event slates speaker

first_imgWHITTIER – Cypress police Chief Rick Hicks will be the keynote speaker at the 42nd annual Whittier Mayor’s Breakfast at 7 a.m. April 6 at the Radisson Hotel, 7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier. Whittier Mayor Cathy Warner will preside for her first time over the event, which is patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., and is designed as a time of prayer for the nation, state and cities. In recent years, the breakfast here has drawn up to 400 people. Hicks was born and raised in Anaheim. He lives in Yorba Linda with his wife, Lisa, and their two children. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in management from the University of Redlands, a master’s degree in management from USC and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He wrote the Basic Academy 80-hour Community Oriented Police and Problem Solving curriculum and teaches ethics and values at Cal State Long Beach and Golden West College. He served on the Santa Ana Police Department for 22 years and joined the Cypress Police Department in 2001. He was appointed chief in 2003. Tickets are $20 each and $200 per table. Checks can be sent to the Whittier Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee, P.O. Box 4156, Whittier, CA 90602, or contact Jack Carmichael at (562) 698-3714 or Michael Delgado at (562) 944-6325. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and the breakfast begins at 7 a.m. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCongratulations: Congratulations to Stephen Nelson, Conor Grant and Dónal Óg Mac Lochlainn who won an Ulster All-Star award for Hurling. Well done to the lads from everyone at the club.Senior Men Football: Buncrana Senior Men Footballers were in action at the Scarvey in the Donegal All-County league on Sunday afternoon, against division 3 rivals Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. The management team of Mark Crossan and Brendan McGee asked for the team to bounce back from a disappointing 1 point defeat last week against Naomh Columba, and the team delivered. In the early stages of the first half Buncrana dominated the play, with Oisín Doherty opening the scoring following good build-up play by midfielder Garbhan Friel. Aodh Ruadh were finding scores hard to come by with solid marking in the full back line from Calvin Jones, Simon McGrory and Ronan Doherty. As the half progressed Aodh Ruadh managed to create some chances, however some wayward shooting by the visiting forwards, and further scores from Oisín Doherty, Odhran Doherty and Garbhan Friel led to Buncrana finishing the first half with a 2 point lead. Aodh Ruadh began the second half well and decreased the home side’s lead to 1 point. However Buncrana responded, with the strong forward runs from the experienced half back Adrian McColgan, and Odhran Doherty from midfield. Once again Buncrana dominated possession and it wasn’t long before the ball found it’s way into the visitors net, leaving Buncrana with a 4 point lead with 5 minutes remaining. Through hard work, and despite a late goal by Aodh Ruadh, Buncrana manage to see out the game and win by a 2 point margin. The Scarvey men will now be aiming to pick up where they left off next weekend against St. Nauls.Senior ReservesA great team performance by Buncrana who overcame Ballshannon by a point in the Scarvey. A neat finish by the hardworking Buncrana midfielder Stephen Nelson proved to be a very important score, before the fullback Stephen Doherty scored the wining point with two minutes remaining. Outstanding for the home side were Ryan Curran, Bruce Waldron, John Cassidy And Paul McGonigle. Scorers: Paul McGonigle 0-2, Ryan Curran 0-3, John Cassidy 0-1, Gareth Porter 0-2 Stephen Doherty 0-1, Stephen Nelson 1-0. Half Time 0-5 to 1-2 Full Time 1-9 to 1-8 Senior Ladies Football: The Buncrana Senior Ladies team travelled to Lifford on Sunday morning for their second league match of the season. The strong, seasoned outfit of Naomh Padraig Lifford, with the home advantage, took control of the match in the first half. The Lifford crew used the advantage of their experience to control a lot of the play in the opening half with some excellent runs and overlapping plays. However, the over used term of ‘a game of two halves’ certainly must be used to describe this match. The Buncrana team took on a new spirit in the second half, only allowing Lifford to put 2 points on the board for the entire 30 minutes, with an excellent display in defence from Martina Mullan keeping Lifford at bay. So onward and upward now for the senior ladies team in their first league challenge for the club. Training continues on; Wednesday from 7.15pm and Friday from 8pm.Gaelic4Girls: Gaelic football for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18’s every Monday night from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Scarvey. As always everybody is welcome. Please remember to bring boots, your own water bottle and warm clothing.U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at Scoil Mhuire between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. It will also take place on Sundays at the Scarvey from 11.00am until 11.45am.U8 Football: U8 Football Training continues every Friday and will now take place at the Scarvey from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Parents, if your child is interested in having fun whilst learning the basic skills of gaelic football please come down and try it out.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. Competitive games are due to begin in 6 weeks so all players are asked to attend. New and returnig players are always welcome. Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Boys U16 Football: Buncrana U16 footballers face Robert Emmets on Monday evening at 7.00pm. Training continues every Wednesday at 7.30pm sharp in at the Scarvey, please bring boots and trainers and own water bottle. New and returning players are welcome.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €2,660 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 17th March in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 8-11-13-15. There was no jackpot winner that week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants: Sean Clerkin, PorthawGary McGlinchey, TullyarvanSandra Coyle, 1 Cottages BurnfootBrendan Murphy, c/o BarPhil O’Donnell, DruminderryCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on or NOTES: BUNCRANA was last modified: April 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more

Miller Named MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award Recipient

first_imgMiller was one of 10 MVC student-athletes to receive this award. To be eligible for the honor, the student-athlete must show good citizenship through high levels of sportsmanship and community service, as well as be in good academic standings. The student-athlete must also be in season during the time of recognition.Miller holds a 3.33 grade-point average as a double major in public relations and politics. She has received MVC Honor Roll recognition the last two years. In the community, Miller has volunteered with the Children & Family Urban Movement, WHYLD Girls, Salvation Army, Shoe Drives for Running Wild, Toys 4 Tots, and Meals from the Heartland. The SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) Community Outreach Chair has also spent time helping at community resource centers. Print Friendly Version Drake University junior women’s golf student-athlete Brooke Miller has been named a State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Good Neighbor Award recipient, the conference announced.last_img read more

Photo library: Infrastructure 19

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: The Gordonia substation for Eskom power supply to the town of Upington. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Northern Cape roads stretch out ahead for as far as the eye can see. The landscape is often flat with patchy desert vegetation. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: A Vodacom cellular phone mast on a farm. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Mpumalanga province: The Kwena Dam, near Lydenburg. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Mpumalanga province: The Kwena Dam and surrounding fields, near Lydenburg. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Mpumalanga province: The Kendal Power Station. Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Mpumalanga province: The Kendal Power Station. Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Mpumalanga province: The Kendal Power Station. Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Balfour, Mpumalanga province: Grain silos. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res imageINFRASTRUCTURE 19: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at read more

South Africans: come to the party!

first_img5 March 2009Remember the outpouring of emotion the moment when Fifa President Sepp Blatter confirmed that the World Cup would finally be hosted by Africa? Scenes of millions of people celebrating the dawn of the 2010 era were flashed around the world.But now, with just three months remaining before the Confederations Cup and 16 months left until the World Cup kicks off, Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) are concerned by the pace of ticket sales. So far, only 170 000 tickets out of 640 000 have been sold for the 2009 “Festival of Champions”.LOC chairman Irvin Khoza says international ticket sales are three times higher than in South Africa. LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan notes that there has been more enthusiasm from countries like Australia and Canada than from South Africa.The problem is that while the World Cup promotes itself, Fifa and the LOC are counting on South Africans to fill the stadiums for the Confederations Cup.After all, empty stadiums for this key 2010 curtain-raiser will send the wrong message to the hundreds of thousands of fanatics who are weighing up whether to spend a small fortune on visiting a long-haul destination in 2010.For too long, local fans have been content either to watch their football on television or, in the case of those who make the effort, to purchase their tickets at the last minute.That has to change. The international spotlight is steadily moving towards South Africa as the quadrennial showpiece of international football nears.It is time for all of South Africa to embrace this opportunity and to celebrate the spectacular improvement in the domestic league as well as the real progress that Bafana Bafana are showing under Joel Santana.We owe it to ourselves to fill our stadiums for the Confederations Cup – there can be no better advertisement for 2010.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program can help set the stage for farm profitability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere is hope for better prices in 2019 for some agricultural sectors, but there is no doubt that there are still challenging times ahead for the farm economy. Understanding the details of farm profitability (or lack of) can make the difference between a vibrant future for individual farms and no future at all.To help with this endeavor, Ohio State University Extension has created the Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program. The goal of the program is to help farms understand what all the numbers behind profits or losses mean, and learn how to improve farm businesses based on analysis of specifics. The program covers all aspects of the farming business, including crops, livestock and much more.“This program is a way for farmers to take a very in depth look at where they are at business wise. We look at the whole farm and for the farms that want to put in the time, we can do enterprise analysis so they can drive it down to, ‘What is my cost of production for each of my enterprises,’” said Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University Extension field specialist who heads up the program. “We want to help family farms be profitable. You can’t know where you are until you push the numbers. What are the debts, assets and liabilities? Are you profitable? Can you make the payments? Knowing those costs really helps when you start looking at marketing more effectively.”To complete a farm analysis, an Extension technician will start with a farm’s beginning and ending balance sheets from the previous year. This provides a snapshot of what the farm looked like at the beginning and end of the analysis. To fill in the rest of the year, there are forms to input all purchases, sales, and any other enterprise information to provide a complete a financial analysis of the farming operation. This program analysis will help farmers understand areas of profitability and loss within the business. The program also features tools to help provide understanding of the numbers behind the analysis and demonstrate how those numbers can be used to move forward in a positive direction.The Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program also provides great insights into an individual farm’s performance by comparing other similar farms.“When we take a look at what is happening on an individual farm, one of the questions is, ‘How am I doing compared to others?’ What are other people doing? We have benchmarking reports that can help with that,” Shoemaker said.The program can provide a broad overview of the farm economy in Ohio as well.“How do we communicate how the farm sector is doing to our legislators? When we have good data about what farms look like in Ohio, we can leverage that information,” Shoemaker said. “It is all confidential so we are not sharing any individual farm’s numbers, but we can share how the economy is doing as a whole with legislators.”For example, 42 farms completed their 2016 farm business and crop enterprise analysis in 2017. The four lowest cost producers averaged $3.08 per bushel, the median cost of production was $4.17, and the four highest cost producers averaged $6.21 per bushel. Only the high 20% of these corn enterprises generated a positive net return for corn. For the other 80%, the personalized benchmark reports they receive helped them identify strengths and areas of opportunity in each crop enterprise.The highest cost producers will be able to see if their costs were high compared to previous years due to weather or other yield-depressing events or if these numbers are “normal” and signaling a red flag as an area of concern. Combining the real numbers from each enterprise and benchmark reports with production information gives each farm manager powerful information to make positive changes.“We are in the process of really trying to expand our farm numbers. With data from more farms it becomes more valuable to the individual farms. If you are a commercial grain farm, you’d like to know how you’re doing compared to other grain farms that have similar acres of crops. It is hard to compare a 100-acre farm to a 1,000- or 3,000-acre farm. One of our objectives is to increase the number of farms raising corn, beans or wheat so we can provide them with some effective benchmarking data,” Shoemaker said. “We are looking at the 2017 numbers now and we will start on 2018 numbers once the books are closed for the year. In 2017, our crop farms looked a little better than our dairy farms, but there is always a range. Corn had a negative return on rented ground, soybeans were positive. When we look at our ‘18 numbers, I am expecting some pretty bleak things for our dairy farms and I am concerned about our crop farm performance in 2018 with the much lower crop prices we have seen this year.”The 2017 Ohio Farm Business Analysis Crop Summary with Benchmark Reports is available to download at In 2017, 42 farms with 32,626 crop acres participated in the program. These farms provided detailed financial and production data to complete a whole farm analysis. More than 30 of the farms also completed an enterprise analysis for their crop enterprises. Farms ranged in size from 60 crop acres to more than 2,200 crop acres. The 10 largest farms were an average of 1,597 acres each.The 2017 summary contains enterprise reports for corn harvested as dry shell corn and corn silage, alfalfa hay, mixed hay, soybeans, winter wheat harvested as grain, and small grain double crops harvested as silage. Results are reported by land tenure — for owned acres and for cash rented acres. While there are some share‐rented acres, there are not enough to generate individual reports. When data for more than 18 farms is available, the enterprise summary includes the average for all farms, and the average for the high 20% of farms based on net return per acre.Ohio has expanded capacity to do farm business analysis work with four additional farm business analysis technicians working in Ohio. Each farm receives their farm’s analysis as soon as it is completed. All 2018 analyses will be completed by the end of May with benchmark reports and summaries available this summer.Now is the perfect time to start farm business analysis. For more information, contact a Technician including:Defiance County: Clint Schroeder at 419-782-4771 or schroeder.307@osu.eduLicking County: Dave Grum at 740-670-5315 or grum.1@osu.eduMahoning County: Cristina Benton at 330-533-5538 or benton.132@osu.eduMiami County: Sharon Harris at 937-440-3945 or harris.2835@osu.eduPickaway County: Trish Levering at 740-474-7534 or to a three-year USDA-NIFA Farm Business Analysis grant, the cost for a farm to complete an analysis for the 2018 business year is $100. To learn more about farm business analysis, contact Dianne Shoemaker or Haley Shoemaker at 330-533-5538 or email or read more

Make YouTube Light as a Feather: Google Tests Stripped Down Watch Pages

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This experiment was designed to allow users to access videos as quickly as possible. The new watch pages were engineered to keep latency at a minimum. Feather turns off most of the AJAX features on YouTube. Because of this, you can’t comment on videos, see stats, flag a video or share it.  On a fast broadband connection, the difference between loading speeds is barely noticeable. Users with slow Internet connections, however, will surely benefit from this experiment. As far as we can see, the video player itself hasn’t changed, and to see the Muppets perform Bohemian Rhapsody in 1080p, you will still need a pretty fast connection.For now, Feather will only work on a select number of YouTube videos, though Google will likely expand this experiment if it turns out to be successful.To join this experiment, just head to this page. You can use the same page to leave the experiment later. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Related Posts Google is clearly obsessed with the idea of speeding up the Web these days. After launching Google Public DNS earlier today, the company also just announced a new light-weight beta version of YouTube. “Feather” introduces ultra-light watch pages that load faster than the standard YouTube pages. According to YouTube engineer Chris Zacharias, new features like 1080p video have slowed down loading times significantly for users who don’t have access to high broadband speeds. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#Video Services#web last_img read more

Stop Focusing on Your Competitor

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now If focusing on your competitor would improve your sales results, it would be worth the time spent talking about them and the emotional energy invested. Your results, however, are not changed by this outward focus on what your competitor does.They Compete on PriceLet’s deal with the big one here first: Your competitor’s price is lower than yours. In fact, it’s much lower. In some cases, it is irrationally low and difficult for you to understand how they make enough money to exist. They use price as their primary value, and in doing so, they treat the business like a commodity play.There is nothing you can do about their pricing or profitability. Nor can you ask them to leave the market so they’ll stop reinforcing the commoditization of your industry (well, you can ask, but it isn’t likely they agree to shutter up their buildings and go home). Because you cannot do anything about their pricing, there is no reason for you to focus on pricing.They LieOn to the second factor here that causes you problems: Your competitor lies. They promise your shared marketplace that they are better than you, faster than you, and cheaper than you. They make promises that no one in the industry can possibly keep, and some of your shared prospective clients believe them.While lying is a horrible thing to do and terrible for business overall, you cannot stop your competitor from doing it. You are not a party to that lie, and you have no standing in any complaint, legal or otherwise. There is nothing for you to do here.They Have Bad Business PracticesThe third factor that upsets you: Their business practices are sketchy. They don’t comply with the rules and regulations you follow. They don’t follow the industry standard codes and guidelines. In fact, they color so far outside of the lines that is difficult to believe that there are any lines at all. You can’t do these things to gain an advantage because your company is high trust, high value, and high caring.Your competitor is going to do things that you cannot and will not because they can and because they will. This has nothing whatsoever to do with you, and there is nothing that you are going to do to change it.The Only Thing You Can DoThere is only one thing that you can focus on to beat your competitor for deals, and that one thing is you and how you sell.You win when you create greater value and justify the delta between your competitor’s price and yours, explaining in a way that is both clear and compelling what they give up by investing less.You win when you poison the well by explaining how certain things can’t be done, why they can’t be done, and how there are people who suggest that they can do these things who you follow to pick up the pieces (without naming names, and without any sour grapes).You win when you develop the reputation of being a trusted partner, doing the things that you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do them, and how they are supposed to be done.None of this has anything to do with your competitor. There is no reason to let your competitor live rent-free in your head, carrying them around with you into every meeting. Instead, decide to be so good that they have to think about how they are going to beat you.last_img read more