Consistently Consistent

first_imgWhatever your business strategy, it should be pursued consistently.If you have the lowest price because that is the value you intend to create, that should be how you compete. You confuse your customers and your employees when you sometimes try to capture more value. You don’t expect to pay more sometimes, and other times, pay less.If your strategy is to have the very best product, releasing and selling an inferior one damages your strategy. By releasing something that isn’t up to the standard you set, you lose the loyalty and the willingness to pay for something that is supposed to be of a higher quality, one worthy of a higher price.If your strategy is the best total solution, you don’t have to have the best price or the best product. Instead, you have to consistently deliver greater value through a combination of things designed to deliver greater value than competitive offerings. To execute this strategy you need to consistently create new solutions that match your client’s needs. When you stop collaborating and caring enough to do this work, you have broken your strategy.There are companies in every vertical that compete using each of these three strategies. It’s their consistency, however, that defines them in their space. You have to be consistently consistent in the execution of your strategy when it comes to differentiation, and when it comes to pricing.If you choose to compete by providing the lowest price and eliminating other value you might create, execute that strategy consistently and roll up all the targets who need that value. If you choose to create the best product money can buy, then refine your work and improve it, leaving no doubt that your product is better than any alternative. If you compete on the best overall solution, consistently execute that strategy, which means that you price according to the value you create, not what your competitor’s charge. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Serena Williams shooting for Slam history

first_imgSerena’s 2017 triumph Down Under gave her the outright Open-era record for singles majors ahead of Steffi Graf’s 22, leaving only Court’s tally of 24 titles — 13 of which were earned in the amateur era before 1968 — for her to chase.Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki admitted Serena, already hailed by many as the greatest of all time, was an unknown quantity in Melbourne after sitting out the end of the 2018 season following the US Open blow-up.“I haven’t seen her play a match, so I don’t really know,” Wozniacki responded when quizzed about the American’s form. The Danish third seed preferred to concentrate on her own prospects, dismissing concerns health problems were affecting her game.Painful lossADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? While the 21-year-old has appeared level-headed since her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows, she said she was still getting used to the spotlight.“For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person,” the fourth seed said.“I feel like in a way I am, but in other parts I’m very, like, three years old mentality, you know? I feel like just levelling that out is one of my biggest goals I had during the off-season.”Local hopes will rest on Ashleigh Barty after the 22-year-old Queenslander went on a seven-match winning streak before losing the final of the Sydney International to Czech Petra Kvitova on Saturday.Maria Sharapova has failed to impress since returning from a doping ban and, now ranked 30, is looking some way from the player who won five Grand Slams. Two-time major champion and former number one Garbine Muguruza was another who had an injury-blighted 2018 which saw her drop out of the top 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next She achieved a career milestone last year to claim her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.But the 28-year-old insisted she was managing her illness and was relishing the prospect of defending her crown.“All I can say is that I feel good. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well,” she said.Wozniacki’s vanquished opponent in last year’s final, Simona Halep, arrives in Australia with the world number one ranking and her confidence overflowing after winning the French Open.The Romanian said she was untroubled by the back injury that curtailed her 2018 season and was mentally stronger as a result of last year’s loss in the decider.“I didn’t want to think that much about that match because it was really painful to lose it, but I learned some things from that match,” she said.“Now I know how to manage better if that happens again.”Mature OsakaSecond-ranked Angelique Kerber has already indicated her priority for 2019 will be the French Open, the only Slam to elude the 30-year-old German in her career.Osaka is the leading contender among the younger generation of players, warming up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International. LATEST STORIES Kelly Oubre, Deandre Ayton lead Suns past West-leading Nuggets TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPSerena Williams has adopted a low profile ahead of the Australian Open, but rival players admit the American’s shadow looms large in Melbourne as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown.Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret Court’s mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian’s home soil.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The 37-year-old’s last outing on tour was her meltdown in losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September and she enters the season-opening Slam as the 16th seed.Yet she has proved in the past that such numbers mean little to her and Osaka said most in the locker room believed the veteran remains the one to beat in Melbourne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m pretty sure (that’s the case),” said the Japanese star.“But there’s a group of players that I think everyone thinks is very difficult to play against, especially in Grand Slams,” Osaka added. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Message for National Heroes Day 2017 Leader of the Opposition Dr. Peter Phillips

first_img‘A GREAT HERITAGE, A GREAT LEGACY’Once again it is time for us to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our national heroes.  Collectively,their exploits and accomplishments have paved the way for Jamaica to move from plantation slavery to nationhood. The bravery and courage of Nanny of the Maroons and Sam Sharpe propelled us along the path from slavery to freedom. Paul Bogle and George William Gordon led the fight for social justice and access to land.Marcus Garvey gave Jamaicans the self-confidence to rise above their circumstances, and compete successfully with the best in the race of life.Alexander Bustamante’s deep commitment to the workers and Norman Manley’s confidence in Jamaica’s capacity for self-government charted the course from colonialism to nationhood. The journey from plantation slavery to nationhood has made us a proud visionary and ambitious people, always striving for excellence, committed to equality and social justice and caring for each other. However, we need to bear in mind that with each passing year fewer and fewer Jamaicans have any living memory of any of our heroes. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we utilize the media, the classroom and our creative artists to inform and educate our children of the great heritage and the great legacy that we have inherited.Today, as we celebrate our National Heroes; let us also pause to recognize the tremendous contributions of the thousands of our ordinary Jamaican citizens who have given and continue to give service way beyond the call of duty to keep Jamaica going. Particularly at this time, we pay tribute to the members of our security forces, who put their lives on the line battling violent criminals, often without adequate support.  We also pay respect to our teachers, health care workers, and the other public sector workers who often give of their personal time and resources, to keep the nation’s social services functioning in very difficult circumstances.  Respect is also due to the thousands of Jamaicans who give voluntary service through their citizens’ associations, neighbourhood watches or youth clubs, on behalf of their fellow citizens.These are the present day heroes, who by their collective effort remind us that the vision, hopes and aspirations of the founding heroes of our nation are still to be fully realized.  There are still too many suffering from poverty, joblessness and a lack of housing or access to land.  Too many of our children are left behind in our educational system without adequate preparation for responsible citizenship and the world of work. The Jamaica that our heroes lived worked and died for is one in which no citizen would be a squatter in the land of their birth. In that Jamaica no child would be left behind by an educational system which fails the majority of students. It would be a Jamaica in which every worker would have a fair share of the wealth they create and equal enjoyment the rights that our heroes secured for them.This Jamaica, however, can only be built by a political leadership that places the highest premium on integrity; and which is committed to the highest standards of public service while recognizing the importance of a partnership with the people they serveWe can best honour our heroes by providing this leadership in our various areas of endeavor as we rededicate ourselves to the task of building a Jamaica that offers opportunity to all its people, and where we all share and care for each other.Have a happy Heroes Day and may God bless you all and Jamaica land we love.last_img read more

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Government to Spend $1 Billion to Cut Waiting Time in Public Health System

first_img The Government is to spend $1 billion on an initiative to address excessive waiting in the public health system.Focus will be placed on reducing the long waits for certain day and inpatient surgeries, diagnostic tests, and bed space shortages.This was announced by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 7.He informed that Professor Archibald McDonald, a trained surgeon and respected academic, will be appointed to oversee this effort.Dr. Tufton pointed out that currently there are patients waiting over a year for general surgeries, such as hernia.“It’s not going to kill them, but it places citizens of this country in so much pain. There is downtime from work,” he said.For other procedures, such as hysterectomies or myomectomies, there are patients waiting for over 10 months, and for surgeries, including radical prostatectomy, patients are waiting for over six months.“We would be an uncaring government if we did not find a way to respond to this very difficult situation for so many Jamaicans. Those who are poorest are the ones that suffer the most,” Dr. Tufton said.Under the programme, Jamaicans who are examined in the public health system and approved for diagnostic tests will be given the tests free of charge, even if they have to get them done by an approved private provider.In the case of surgeries, the Government will look at the priority placement of each surgery and determine a maximum wait time. Similarly, where possible, the Government will outsource those procedures to achieve minimal wait.Some of these surgeries include hernias; prostate – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and Cancer; uterine fibroids; haemorrhoids; gallbladder diseases – gallstones and cholecystitis; and orthopaedic procedures.Diagnostic Services include CT scans; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); ultrasound; angiography; endoscopy (colonoscopy and urogenital endoscopy); and histopathology.The billion-dollar intervention will also seek to free up bed space by removing social cases from hospitals and placing them in nursing homes, based on certain criteria.Dr. Tufton said the large number of social cases in the system is as a result of persons who are fit clinically for discharge from the hospital, but who remain because their relatives have failed to claim them.“We are going to assess each social case once they are eligible for release. If they are an infirm and have nowhere else to go, we will collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, and where there is space available, to transfer these social cases [to infirmaries],” he pointed out.Additionally, the Minister said the Government is looking at how it can take action against the relatives of some of the persons who have been abandoned at hospitals.In many instances, he said relatives show up after their family member has died to collect a death certificate in order to claim their assets.“I have looked at the law and under the National Health Services Act, Section 13, the Minister can intervene and make regulations to force persons who have the responsibility and the means to take their loved ones from these hospitals and take control or charge of these persons,” Dr. Tufton said.He added that this can also be facilitated through provisions in the Poor Relief Act and Maintenance Act.Currently, there are 197 social cases in hospitals across the island. This was announced by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 7. Focus will be placed on reducing the long waits for certain day and inpatient surgeries, diagnostic tests, and bed space shortages. Story Highlights The Government is to spend $1 billion on an initiative to address excessive waiting in the public health system.last_img read more

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UBM Completes Canon Deal Says Print Sales Continue Decline

first_imgUBM also reported that year-to-date profits for its events unit are up more than 20 percent to roughly $94.2 million while its data service and online business saw profits slide 7.1 percent to about $32.7 million. Profits for its targeting, distribution and monitoring business stayed flat at about $49.1 million.Overall, UBM’s total adjusted operating profits through the first nine months grew 8 percent to $172.5 million. London-based United Business Media says it has completed its $287 million acquisition of medical industry publisher and event producer Canon Communications. The deal agreement was announced mid-September.UBM also has released an interim management statement detailing the company’s performance through the third quarter. Print sales, the company says, are down 15.3 percent to approximately $163.7 million over the nine-month period. That’s an underlying decline of 7.2 percent, adjusted for discontinued publications. Although UBM did not shutter any print titles during the third quarter it has ceased publishing at least 15 magazines since September 2009. Meanwhile, adjusted operating profit for its print magazines grew to about $5.6 million from $2 million last year.In the statement, UBM says it will continue to actively manage its print portfolio. A UBM spokesperson did not immediately return a request seeking comment concerning the company’s future plans for the 24 print titles it added as a result of the Canon acquisition.last_img read more

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Galaxy Fold screens are reportedly breaking already for some early users

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone, is reportedly already having screen problems. It doesn’t go on sale in the US until April 26, but some review units have reportedly broken after just a few days of use.Bloomberg’s Mark Gruman tweeted on Wednesday that the interior, folding screen of his Galaxy Fold review unit was “completely broken and unusable” after two days. Now playing: Watch this: Comments YouTuber Marques Brownlee also took to Twitter to warn against removing the film. “PSA: There’s a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold’s display. It’s NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it,” he wrote, along with an image showing how he’d tried to take off the layer. “I got this far peeling it off before the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement.” PSA: There’s a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold’s display. It’s NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it.I got this far peeling it off before the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement. pic.twitter.com/ZhEG2Bqulr— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 17, 2019 Epic Galaxy Fold unboxing: Samsung makes it count 99+ Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told Reuters in a statement that it’ll “thoroughly inspect these units … to determine the cause of the matter.” It also told the outlet that the Fold’s release schedule remained unchanged, despite the malfunction reports. Gurman went on to say the problem may have been caused in part by removing a layer of film. “The phone comes with this protective layer/film. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it,” he tweeted.  “I removed it, not knowing you’re not supposed to (consumers won’t know either). It appeared removable in the left corner, so I took it off. I believe this contributed to the problem.” Samsungcenter_img 6:26 Share your voice Samsung says its phone “is manufactured with a special protective layer,” to cover the plastic Infinity Flex display. “It is not a screen protector – do not attempt to remove it,” Samsung says.CNET has been handling and reviewing the Galaxy Fold since Monday but hasn’t experienced any such screen issues. We didn’t remove the protective layer.Read: Why Galaxy Fold screens are having a meltdownThe $1,980 phone has two screens: a 4.6-inch one on the exterior that looks like a typical smartphone screen, and a second, folding screen on the interior that opens up to create a 7.3-inch display. It’s one of a number of foldable phones set to come on the market from manufacturers including Huawei and Motorola.The Verge’s Dieter Bohn also reported that the screen on his Galaxy Fold review unit broke after two days of normal use. A small bulge reportedly developed near the crease of the Galaxy Fold, eventually breaking the screen.CNBC’s Steve Kovach also shared video and images of the screen glitching, and Todd Haselton reported the outlet didn’t take off the protective layer. The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. Hard to know if this is widespread or not. pic.twitter.com/G0OHj3DQHw— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019 Originally published April 17, 11:54 a.m. PT.Updated April 18, 4:41 a.m. PT: Notes Samsung’s statement to Reuters. After one day of use… pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019 Tags Foldable Phoneslast_img read more

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A headon collision with a planetary embryo may have changed Jupiter forever

first_imgThat’s gonna sting. Astrobiology Center, Japan NASA’s Juno spacecraft has given us unreal views of the gas giant Jupiter. But Juno isn’t just a member of the interplanetary paparazzi, it’s a fully capable cosmic lab with instruments designed to probe the mammoth planet. After taking precise measurements of Jupiter’s gravitational field, the spacecraft has discovered that the planet’s core isn’t as dense as expected.Now, scientists have proposed an almost-apocalyptic reason for this: A “planetary embryo” with 10 times more mass than Earth (and almost as much mass as Uranus) could have slammed into the largest planet in the solar system and disturbed its core. It’s not the object that whacked Jupiter last week and was captured by an amateur astronomer on Earth. This event would have taken place in the distant past, and we’re only just learning how it may have shaped Jupiter.The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, details a number of simulations demonstrating how a planetary embryo could have led to the uneven distribution of heavy metals we see throughout Jupiter’s gaseous envelope today. Jupiter is mostly composed of hydrogen and helium gases that move around a dense core. Scientists believed that heavy metals should be confined close to a dense core, but the Juno mission revealed that the metals are actually strewn further from the core, making it more dilute.”Jupiter’s interior models based on Juno’s data suggest Jupiter has a fuzzy core that extends to almost half of its radius, which no one has ever imagined,” says Shangfei Liu, lead author on the study and astronomer at Sun Yat-sen University in China.How could that occur? The research team’s simulations suggest the young Jupiter suffered a giant impact during its formative years, which gave rise to this weird, unexpected distribution. Originally published Aug. 14, 10:15 a.m. PT.Update, Aug. 15 at 3:57 p.m.: Adds comments from Shangfei Liu. Now playing: Watch this: 2:58 20 Photos Space geeks tweak NASA images of Jupiter’s red spot Share your voice Tags Though the collision sounds violent, it’s almost as if the young Jupiter swallowed up the planetary embryo. “A planetary embryo is a still-forming protoplanet, mostly made of rock and ice from the solar nebula,” explains Liu. The simulations show that the core of the protoplanet would have had to collide with Jupiter’s core to throw up the heavy elements and mix them throughout the entire envelope. The models show that the impact would have resulted in the internal structure discovered by NASA’s Juno and in the heavy element distribution.Other simulations demonstrate that if the smaller planet only skipped across Jupiter, the collision wouldn’t have the power to redistribute heavy metals throughout the gaseous envelope (though it would still be bad news for the baby planet).high-res-imageSlightly bruised and broken; from our head on collision. Astrobiology Center, Japan These models also offer an explanation for some of the phenomena seen in a number of easily-discoverable exoplanets, the planets that lie outside our solar system. A number of these planets, known as “hot Jupiters,” are super dense, stacked with heavy elements and orbit very close to their star. They’re also prone to giant impacts. The researchers suggest their model might explain why there are so many heavy metals in these hot Jupiters, since they get smashed by planetary embryos as they form.Could a series of small events, rather than one huge impact, give rise to the Jupiter we see today? The researchers say this needs more investigation.The work provides further evidence of the tumultuous environment of the early solar system. Previous research suggests that massive impacts shaped our moon and Earth itself. The new research even suggests Saturn may have experienced a similar impact event during its formation and another NASA probe, Cassini, famously plunged into the planet’s interior in 2017.”There are studies using Cassini’s data (especially during its grand finale) to model Saturn’s interior,” says Liu. “But Juno was designed to measure Jupiter’s gravity field, so the data is much better and models are more reliable. But Saturn’s interior is definitely worth to look at in the future.”As for Juno? The Jovian explorer has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 and recently had its mission extended to 2022, so we can expect more revelations ahead. 2 NASA video gives a Juno’s-eye view of the approach to… Sci-Tech Commentslast_img read more

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Man suspected to be childlifter assaulted

first_imgKolkata: A mentally-challenged youth was allegedly thrashed by some local residents at Dalimtala Lane in Burtolla on Sunday night.Later, police rescued the youth and provided medical treatment to him. According to a source, local residents saw a youth roaming aimlessly in their locality and after a while he was seen talking to a child. The man was detained and questioned by the people as they thought he could be a child-lifter. The man reportedly told them that he had come there to attend a marriage ceremony. Local residents immediately took him to a ceremonial house where a marriage reception was taking place. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBut no one there could identify the youth. Suspecting him to be a criminal, they started thrashing him despite his repeated appeals for mercy. Meanwhile, some of the local residents informed police about the incident. Police rushed to Dalimtala Lane and rescued the youth. He was immediately taken to the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital for his treatment. Later, the police came to know that the youth had said the truth and he had come to Burtolla to attend a marriage ceremony at Sahitya Parishad Street, which is a bit far from the incident spot. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter a round of questioning, the police came to know about his family members and got in touch with them. Later, the youth was handed over to his family. Though the youth suffered minor injuries, police have registered a case against the local residents under Sections 341 of IPC (punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 IPC (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 IPC (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). However, no one could be arrested till Monday night. Recently, many cases of attack have been reportedly in the city over rumours about child-lifters.last_img read more

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Agents can earn 5000 Loyalty Rewards points with TravelBrands Japan offer

first_img MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands is offering a new deal for travellers who book a cruise and land package to Japan prior to May 31.Clients who book by this date will receive a $250 air credit per person. Additionally, agents can earn 5000 bonus Loyalty Rewards on qualifying bookings.The cruise and land package starts at $4,499 and goes from Sept. 20 to Oct. 2, 2019. It includes airport transfers, two nights pre-cruise in Tokyo, a half-day city tour of Tokyo, 10-night sailing onboard Celebrity Millennium, all onboard gratuities, a $200 onboard credit and more.The 10-night sailing with Celebrity Cruises has multiple ports of call including Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kitakyusyu, Korea, Maizuru, Kanazawa, Akita and Aomori.“Japan is a beautiful country with such diverse regions and places to explore,” says Nathalie Tanious, Senior VP, TravelBrands. “This cruise and land package is a great way for travellers to experience the wonders of Japan while benefitting some great perks and savings.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe TravelBrands Loyalty program allows agents to collect points and redeem them for a multitude of rewards, including various merchandises, travel, gift cards, and the ability to donate multiple foundations and charities. For more information visit travelbrandsaccess.com. Posted by Share Travelweek Group Friday, May 10, 2019 center_img Tags: Agent Incentives, TravelBrands Agents can earn 5,000 Loyalty Rewards points with TravelBrands’ Japan offer << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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