first_imgOne of several 2014 health survey reports obtained by the Daily Observer indicates that the huge swarms of mosquitos infesting their communities continue to vex Monrovia’s slum dwellers.The survey report also revealed that the health perils for these poverty-stricken slum dwellers are owing to the huge breeding spots of mosquitoes in their communities.The health survey carried out by UN aid agencies and private Liberian health institutions further indicated that the slum settlements of Monrovia continue to be messed up by decades-old clogged drainages that are havens for mosquitoes and other harmful insects.Despite the increasing outcries over the years by Monrovia slum residents, successive administrations continue to ignore their concerns and appeals for measures to eradicate the breeding places of the mosquitos.Incidentally, some of the slum settlements are situated at the very foot of Liberia’s Executive Mansion in the heart of the nation’s capital, Monrovia.According to some of the slum dwellers contacted during the weekend, sometimes their sentiments and protests are not only ignored but on many occasions crushed by powerful voices and invisible hands.The slum dwellers further pointed out that construction of health and medical facilities in their communities are good initiatives, bringing relief to their door steps.But they indicated that if the critical issues of fixing clogged drains and removal of dumpsites and stagnant water cannot be prioritized, construction of health facilities would only amount to cosmetic solutions to the problem.Apart from the mosquito-breeding spots, some of the unwanted visitors infesting their neighborhoods include cockroaches, rats, scorpions and sometimes snakes and air and water borne diseases.On top of those menaces are the inadequate medical facilities that cannot cope with the enormous population of the three slum communities in Monrovia.In West Point, the largest of the three, Mr. Philip B. Wleh, 66, a fisherman said that for many years, persistent appeals have led authorities to address some of the numerous challenges.But, fisherman Wleh noted, most of their appeals have only fallen on deaf ears and conditions in West Point continue to degenerate.“It is our fervent prayer that one day the good Lord will speak to conscious-minded Liberians who will come to our rescue in this unbearable and poverty stricken community in Monrovia,” fisherman Wleh concluded.For slum dweller Martha B. Beyan, 68, of Buzzy Quarters at the foot of Liberia’s Executive Mansion, their cries go out repeatedly, year after year, and nothing has been done.Madam Beyan, a fishing basket maker, told the Daily Observer that she simply cannot understand why the authorities have chosen totally to ignore their cries.“Maybe one day we need to take to the streets like political parties or civil society groups before we can be rescued from these poverty-stricken conditions in which we live, right before the authorities’ eyes,” Madam Beyan concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThey battled gallantly to stop the huge fire from taking their homes and destroying their community.And now the people of the West Donegal communities of Annagry and Loughanure are to go into battle once again.Just days after a fire tried to rip the heart out of their community, hundreds of locals are set to take part in a massive clean-up operation. Weather-permitting there will be a massive clean-up on the hills from Loughanure to Kincasslagh this Monday night from 6pm until 9pm.Gloves and bags will be provided to volunteers in a bid to collect many items left behind during the frantic efforts to put out the hundreds of small fires which broke out last weekend.The items include broken spades, discarded water bottles and facemasks.A skip will be left at Caisleain Oir to dispose of all the waste that is collected. People are asked to arrive at 6pm and full co-ordination of the plan will be arranged.Main pic by Brid Sweeney.Massive clean-up planned in wake of West Donegal wildfire was last modified: April 27th, 2019 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:Annagryclean-upLoughanureWest Donegallast_img read more


first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (13.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSOn Tuesday, November 6th, I am releasing my third book in three years. If you read this newsletter each week (or even most weeks), you know the book is titled “Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition.” It’s a book about competitive displacement, or put more directly, “stealing your dream clients from your competition.”Eat Their Lunch is a book about living, thriving, and surviving in the red ocean, where there is fierce competition, where clients want to commoditize what you sell, and where you are necessarily a large part of the value proposition (and in many cases, the largest).When someone writes a book, they have something they absolutely must share, some question they must answer, some problem they need to solve, or some complicated knot they are attempting to unravel.When you think about sales, there aren’t too many things more difficult than taking your dream client away from a competitor they believe is satisfying their needs. It’s not that they don’t have a compelling reason to change, but rather they don’t think they have a compelling reason to change. Unless and until you help them believe they need to do something different, you are not going to have an opportunity to win your dream client away.You also can’t wait to win your dream clients. In the past, it was customary to wait patiently for your dream client to become dissatisfied enough to let an RFP or rummage through a box business cards to invite different companies in to present to them. This behavior, waiting passively and being reactive, is how you become a commodity. Here’s the terrible truth about commoditization: If you act like a commodity, your dream client will treat you accordingly.The right approach for both of these problems is to get on your front foot, to be proactive, to dictate the tempo, to control the narrative.Is Eat Their Lunch for You?When you write a book proposal, you are supposed to include a section to describe the audience for your book to the publisher. The wrong answer is “everyone.” The right answer is a small niche that is large enough to publish a book profitably.It’s Not For You If . . .If you want to know how to speak poorly about your competitor, this book is not for you. I offer the opposite advice. The best way to “eat their lunch” is to say nice things about your competitor and then differentiate yourself and your approach.If you want tricks and shortcuts that will provide you with a result without any effort on your part, I am afraid I am going to disappoint you. Eat Their Lunch is practical and tactical, and the frameworks require disciplined effort on your part.It’s For You, For SureHowever, if you are the kind of person who wants to know how to create so much greater value than their competitors that their dream clients will switch providers, Eat Their Lunch will show you how to do so.If you want to make ideas like Challenger and selling with insights actionable, the chapter on capturing mind share will provide you with a framework and exercises that will allow you to do so.Prospecting isn’t an event. Prospecting is now a campaign, where you professional persist and pursue your dream client over time. If you want to know how to professionally persist effectively and use your greater value creation to capture mind share and gain appointments with your dream clients, you’ll find the strategy in Eat Their Lunch.For me, discovery is now about helping the client discover something about themselves. If you want the newest and sharpest lens for understanding your client’s real challenges, Eat Their Lunch will stretch you, and in doing so, give you a much clearer view, one that opens up opportunities and creates an advantage. It will help you see what is invisible to your competitor.You know how there seem to be more people involved in every deal and how it is getting more difficult to manage this process? If you want a framework for understanding who these people are, what they want, and how to create a strategy to get the ones you need to “yes” at the same time, you’ll find it in chapters 7 and 8.We use words like “peer,” “consultative,” and “trusted advisor,” when we talk about how we want to be perceived by our clients. In a section on Intangibles, you will find the recipe from becoming these things for your clients. However, while you are doing so, you also need to retain your clients, protecting yourself from being displaced. You will find the answer to the problem of retaining your clients while you do the work of taking theirs from them.You can get the book now on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or in bulk from the best book people on Earth, 800CEOREAD.com. But first, go to eattheirlunchbook.com to look at the bonuses available when you buy the book, things like workbooks and videos and keynotes. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more