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Vietnamese citizen-journalist facing second, longer jail term

first_img to go further “If they don’t want to disgrace themselves, Vietnam’s commercial partners must put pressure on the government to loosen its grip on the freedom to inform. They have the power and the duty to do this.” April 22, 2021 Find out more Using an improvised studio, citizen-journalist Do Cong Duong provided the Vietnamese public with coverage of eviction and corruption cases (left), subjects that the regime’s propaganda outlets carefully avoid (photos: Facebook – Phu Dong). Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards this as a flagrant violation of the freedom to inform, one that Vietnam’s commercial partners must not implicitly endorse. Instead they should use their trade ties to put pressure on the regime’s leadership, RSF says. News September 21, 2018 Vietnamese citizen-journalist facing second, longer jail term VietnamAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedInternetCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Follow the news on Vietnam Arrested on 24 January while trying to film people being evicted from their homes in Tu Son, in the northern province of Bac Ninh, Do Cong Duong was given the four-year jail term – the biggest possible sentence on a public order charge – at the end of a sham trial before a Bac Ninh provincial court on 17 September. “The Vietnamese Communist Party leadership must end its unrelenting persecution of citizen-journalists,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “By covering the rights violations to which much of the population is subjected, independent bloggers and media enable civil society to make its voice heard by an increasingly sclerotic regime. In the wake of the European Parliament’s adoption of an RSF-backed emergency resolution last December, 32 MEPs sent a joint letter at the start of this week to EU high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini and trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström urging them to condition any ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement on a series of measures to improve respect for human rights, including the freedom to inform, in accordance with article 3 of the Treaty of Lisbon. April 27, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News RSF_en News Organisation After being sentenced this week to four years in prison on a charge of “disturbing public order” for filming an eviction, Vietnamese citizen-journalist and video blogger Do Cong Duong could soon face an even longer sentence on a charge of “abusing democratic freedoms.” But this won’t be the end of Duong’s ordeal. He is due to be tried again next month on the grotesque additional charge of “abusing democratic freedoms” under article 331 of Vietnam’s criminal code, which carries a possible seven-year sentence. VietnamAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedInternetCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Vietnam has long been near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index and is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2018 Index. RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Decision on the patronage for two new secondary schools in Mungret…

first_imgSenator Kieran O’DonnellSenator Kieran O’DonnellLimerick Senator Kieran O’Donnell has been advised by Education Minister Richard Bruton that the decision on the patronage for the two new Limerick secondary schools at Mungret and Castletroy is imminent. “Many parents of primary children living in the Dooradoyle/Raheen/Mungret and Castletroy areas have been in touch with me about the delay with the announcement of the patronage for both of these two schools,” he told the Limerick Post.“I have held meetings with Minister Bruton and the Department of Education looking to speed up this process. The Minister now advises me that a decision will be taken and announced very shortly. A delay has arisen because these two schools are part of a bundle of nine new secondary schools being assessed for patronage at the same time. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Minister Bruton informs me that the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG), an external independent advisory group which overseas the patronage process is meeting next week. Shortly thereafter, this group will issue a report with recommendations to him on the patronage which he will then consider and make a final decision. The Minister will then announce the patron for each school. “I have impressed upon the Minister that parental patron preference has to be central to the decision making process. “Furthermore, I have asked the Minister to confirm the timeframe for the planning and building of each of these two new secondary schools. Mungret is due to open in September 2017, with Castletroy to follow in September 2018. Planning has yet to be applied for the already selected Mungret site with site selection yet to happen for Castletroy. “It is extremely anxious and frustrating for parents to be attending open nights for both of these schools with various potential patrons and not knowing who will be the ultimate patrons. “Parents and pupils need certainty on a numbers of factors, including school patrons, site locations and when the construction of permanent school buildings will get underway. We cannot have pupils and teachers in prefabs for any lenght of time. “I will continue to pursue this matter with the Minister for Education and his Department to ensure that these two secondary schools are functioning effectively as quickly as possible.  Email WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsDecision on the patronage for two new secondary schools in Mungret and Castletroy is imminentBy Alan Jacques – October 20, 2016 1048 TAGSlimerickSenator Kieran O’Donnell Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Print Previous articleQuad thefts and men robbed at knifepointNext articleLimerick motorists urged to slow down Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

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Online alcohol intervention for Limerick third level students

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Previous articleCarrot approach gets rates inNext articleLimerick face Cork in NHL quarter final Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Twitter Advertisement TAGSe-PUBlimerickLimerick Institute of Technology (LIT)Mary Immaculate CollegeMid West Third Level Drug and Alcohol Prevention InitiativeMid-West Regional Drugs & Alcohol Forum (MWRDAF)The Electronic Personal Use BarometerUniversity of Limerick (UL) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsOnline alcohol intervention for Limerick third level studentsBy Alan Jacques – April 1, 2017 1247 WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” AN online alcohol intervention programme has been launched in Limerick to help third-level students reflect on their drinking behaviour.The Electronic Personal Use Barometer, e-PUB, will be implemented as part of a joint initiative between Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), University of Limerick (UL) and the Mid-West Third Level Drug and Alcohol Awareness Project.The barometer is a brief online self-assessment programme and its implementation in Limerick is funded by the Mid-West Regional Drugs & Alcohol Forum (MWRDAF) through Pobal Dormant Accounts to address alcohol abuse in third level institutions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is an exciting and innovative project which has brought together the three main third level institutions in the City with a view to encouraging participants to examine their relationship with alcohol,” explained MWRDAF coordinator Gearoid Prendergast at the Limerick launch of the e-PUB initiative.An evidence-based, online intervention and personalised feedback tool, it was developed by counsellors and psychologists at San Diego State University, and is currently in use at more than 550 campuses in the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland.It encourages participants to examine their individual drinking patterns, their personal and family risk factors and the health and personal consequences of their behaviours. The user is then given personalised feedback to help them adapt and, if necessary, to reduce their consumption patterns.The programme is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counsellor or administrator. As it is offered online, the e-PUB can provide quick, confidential feedback in multiple settings. This also allows a student to complete a personal ‘check-up’ on multiple occasions to track changes in use and risk behaviour.e-PUB has already been implemented with great success in a number of other Irish Third Level institutions, including UCC and NUIG.Speaking on behalf of the MIC, UL and LIT student unions, Caoimhe Guinnane said she hoped the e-PUB programme would help students become more aware of their alcohol consumption.“This programme will be a tool to anonymously encourage students to seek help via the information of local services provided if necessary,” the MIC student union vice-president added.According to recent figures, 2.48 million people in Ireland drink with at least 75 per cent of all alcohol consumed as part of a binge drinking session. Those aged 18-24 years are most likely to have a harmful drinking pattern.Elaine Griffin, project worker with the Mid West Third Level Drug and Alcohol Prevention Initiative, believes the e-PUB programme will be complemented in the three Limerick institutions with a sustained awareness campaign using social media and traditional communication channels, in addition to environmental strategies that are relevant to each individual institution.by Alan [email protected]last_img read more

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Student hazard

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewsTransport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow NewsTransportStudent hazardBy Staff Reporter – November 14, 2019 659 School photo created by freepik – www.freepik.comSTUDENTS are being forced to cross four lanes of a dual carriageway because bus stops have been removed.That’s according to Mayor of Clare Cathal Crowe who has asked Bus Eireann to immediately reinstate the stops between Bunratty and Cratloemoyle.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He claimed that the bus stops which were in place for decades were removed without consultation.Stating that 13-year-olds were being forced to brave the four lanes of traffic on the N18, he added that the school service in Cratloe and Meelick has been thrown into disarray as bus drivers are within their rights not to stop to pick up passengers where there are no bus stops.“Many of the students affected are attending secondary schools in Limerick,” he said. Previous article#LiveableLimerick Christmas Dash to raise funds for charityNext articleHear Cloud 404 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emailcenter_img Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Facebook Twitter Print Advertisement WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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NASCAR standings 2019: Updated points for Cup series playoffs after the Consumers Energy 400

first_imgThe battle for the lead is on! @KevinHarvick is there trying to get by @joeylogano! pic.twitter.com/OipFETbGoV— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 11, 2019Harvick had the fastest car over the last run of the final stage. “(It) takes a lot of people to make these cars go around, and winning races is what it’s all about,” Harvick said, via Yahoo Sports. “(I) just can’t do it without all you guys. I mean, to come here to Michigan and win for Ford, and I know how much Mobil 1 likes to beat that Shell car [driven by Joey Logano], so that was cool.”NASCAR points standings 2019Below are the updated standings following the Consumers Energy 400. Winners are in bold and are guaranteed a playoff spot.RankDriverWinsPointsNo. 1Kyle Busch4892No. 2 Kevin Harvick 2822No. 4Denny Hamlin 3815No. 5Martin Truex Jr.4805No. 6Brad Keselowski3764No. 7Chase Elliott2711No. 8Kurt Busch1701No. 9Ryan Blaney0654No. 10Alex Bowman1653No. 11Aric Almirola0645No. 12William Byron0642No. 13Kyle Larson0624No. 14Erik Jones0623No. 15Ryan Newman0569No. 16Clint Bowyer0559No. 17Daniel Suarez0553No. 18Jimmie Johnson0547No. 19Paul Menard0506No. 20Chris Buescher0486No. 21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.0475No. 22Austin Dillon0434No. 23Matt DiBenedetto0380No. 24Ty Dillon0397No. 25Daniel Hemric0352No. 26Michael McDowell0302No. 27Ryan Preece0299No. 28Bubba Wallace0281No. 29Corey Lajoie0266No. 30David Ragan0256No. 31Matt Tifft0243No. 32Reed Sorenson067No. 33Quin Houff064No. 34J.J. Yeley029No. 35Jamie McMurray019No. 36Austin Theriault010No. 37Andy Seuss09No. 38Stanton Barrett02No. 39Casey Mears01Who’s on the Cup Series playoff bubble? Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson are just below the cut line.Three winless drivers, Erik Jones, who finished 18th, and Ryan Newman (12th) and Clint Bowyer (37th), all padded their distance between the cutoff position. Paul Menard ranks 19th in the standings, only 40-plus points behind Suarez and Johnson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is also close in 20th place, but still probably too far behind at this point.There are three races remaining before the playoffs begin at Las Vegas on Sept. 15. Bristol is next weekend, followed by Darlington and Indianapolis.How are NASCAR driver points awarded per race?Each finishing spot in the field earns driver points with the maximum being 40 for a win. These points accrue over the season as do owner points.Drivers can also earn points based off of their finishes in the first two stages of the race. The driver who finishes first earns 10 points, the man who finishes in second earns nine and so on and so forth, points earned in those stages are then added to the points earned at the finish of a race.The points are added up over all of the races and there is a reset after the regular-season finale in the 26th race. Drivers who have earned wins or finish in the top 16 of the Cup Series standings then move on to the playoffs. Kevin Harvick came away with the checkered flag Sunday at the Consumers Energy 400 after he chased down Joey Logano in the final laps.It was Harvick’s second win of 2019 while Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson placed second and third, respectively. Jimmie Johnson changes crew chief as clock ticks on Cup Series playoffs Logano ultimately finished in 17th place after dealing with fuel issues, which forced him to make a late pit stop.Harvick might have edged out Logano on the Michigan track, but Logano maintains the advantage in the updated rankings. Related Newscenter_img Drivers accumulate playoff points earning five bonus points for a win and one for a stage win. Those points are added to a driver’s total at the start of the playoffs.For a more in-depth look at how scoring works, click here. Jimmie Johnson still wants apology from Ryan Blaney, who says ‘I have nothing to apologize about’ Joey Logano2872No. 3last_img read more

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Corn and soybean conditions drop as dry conditions continue

first_imgDES MOINES — The dry weather is starting to take its toll on the state’s crops.The latest crop report from the USDA shows the corn crop overall is rated at 73% good to excellent condition. That’s down from 77% last week.The soybean crop saw a slightly smaller drop from 76% rated in good to excellent condition down to 73%. The report says northwest, west-central and central Iowa all report topsoil moisture supplies are mostly short to very short.Overall development for corn and soybeans continues to be about two weeks ahead of last year.last_img read more

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Biodiesel industry well positioned for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo took place this week, bringing together industry leaders and innovators from around the world.“It has been a very interesting three days here. We ran into people from Israel, Canada, Australia, Austria — there are a lot of new people, new thoughts and new technology here this year to benefit and contribute to biodiesel,” said Jerry Bambauer, with the Ohio Soybean Association. “We have got to be proud of the National Biodiesel Board and the contributions they have made to agriculture and to our country. There are so many things we discovered here that will be good to take back to the state of Ohio.”The NBB has plenty to celebrate moving into 2016.“The industry feels like we are really positioned well for a great 2016. We had some major policy achievements at the end of 2015, including the extension of the biodiesel tax incentive and higher levels in the RFS volumes. We are excited for a great year,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of government affairs with NBB. “We have spent a lot of time educating politicians about the importance of biodiesel. We feel like we have broad bipartisan support all around the country and we are going to continue to work with our elected officials on the benefits of biodiesel. We have also done a lot of outreach on our technical side to auto manufacturers and now several states have volume requirements of 10% biodiesel blends or above. That really positions us for expanded growth in the biodiesel industry.”And while the food versus fuel debate continues in some circles, the reality is that biodiesel complements the production of both food and fuel.“Soybean oil is a co-product and when we grow enough protein from soybeans to feed the world, we get more fat than we can eat and that is what we use for making biodiesel,” said Don Scott, with NBB. “Fat is nature’s way of storing energy. The solar energy is concentrated in the fats and it works great for transportation fuel just like it does in our body. The human body requires a specific ratio of calories from fats, carbohydrates and proteins. We get a lot of our protein from meat but that protein all originally comes from plants. All of the plants we harvest for food have relatively small amounts of protein relative to the energy they store in carbohydrates and fat. When we grow enough protein to feed humans we get more fat and carbohydrates as a byproduct of that and it makes perfect sense to use that solar energy to displace fossil fuels.”Roughly half of U.S. biodiesel is made from soybean oil, while the other 50% is made from several other feedstocks, including animal fats, recycled cooking oil, and other vegetable oils like canola.“With biodiesel, we have developed a market for some of those waste products and turned them into something useful,” Scott said. “We set a record again in 2015 using just over 2 billion gallons of biodiesel across the country. Most of it is blended into diesel in 5% up to 25% blends. The engine manufacturers are supporting this blend and it works well in engines. It is made right here in the U.S from a variety of feedstocks and we can support 60,000 U.S. jobs and generate $17 billion in economic activity.”According to NBB CEO Joe Jobe, the biodiesel numbers from 2015 “show without question that the Renewable Fuel Standard is delivering significant volumes of Advanced Biofuel to the American people.”Jobe compared the biodiesel industry to an underdog in a fight.“Last year the biodiesel industry demonstrated more than ever that no matter how beat up we are, no matter how outgunned we are, we don’t back down,” Jobe said. “We came together like never before. We stayed true to our principles in the face of deceitful attacks and we achieved the success necessary to put us back on track.”In addition, the Vehicle Showcase at the event brought a welcome announcement that Peterbilt and Kenworth manufacturer, PACCAR Inc., now approves of B20 biodiesel in 100% of its vehicles, old and new. This announcement means that over 100,000 new trucks are joining the biodiesel ranks, traveling over 12 billion miles year round.last_img read more

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Notifications: One iPhone Push Alert App to Rule them All?

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Notifications combines push notifications for Twitter, email, and any RSS feed into one iPhone app. While we have tested quite a few push notification apps in the past, including some great apps like Boxcar and GPush, none of these offer the flexibility of Notifications. While it still has a few flaws and takes a while to set up, Notifications offers a number of features other apps don’t offer, including the ability to get notified of new tweets with specific keywords. The app costs $2 and is available in the App Store now.RSSOne neat aspect about the RSS alerts from Notifications is that the service uses Superfeedr as its backend to power this feature. Superfeedr, which supports the PubSubHubbub standard, guarantees developers that it will send out notifications about a new blog post within 15 minutes. That’s not exactly ‘real time,’ but close enough for most purposes and during our tests, alerts generally arrived within a few minutes. The Superfeedr blog also features a short step-by-step guide that explains how to add new feeds to your Notifications setup. If you own a blog, you can also easily add a Notifications badge to your blog that allows your readers to add your blog to their notifications within seconds.EmailThe developers are currently focused on supporting Gmail in the app and your mileage with other email services may vary. To make this work, all you have to do is forward the messages you want to get notifications about (Twitter DMs, Facebook messages, Google Voice SMS etc.) to a personal appnotifications.com email address the service will provide you with when you sign up. Facebook notifications, by the way, will automatically start the Facebook app and Google Voice text messages will open up in the Google Voice web interface in Safari.TwitterTwitter notifications are keyword-based. In order to see mentions of your own name, for example, you just have to add your Twitter handle to the search terms on the service’s website. In order to receive notifications of direct messages, you will have to use Notifications mail notifications feature and set up a filter that forwards all DMs to your personal appnotifications.com email address.VerdictOf course, all these notifications could easily overwhelm even the most dedicated information junkie, so some restraint is definitely in order. Thankfully, the app also includes the ability to set a quiet time, so that you won’t be disturbed by new notifications in the middle of the night. Typically, we experienced a delay of less than 3 seconds before we received a notification, which is better than most push notification apps we’ve seen lately. Overall, the combination of Twitter, RSS, and email notifications allows you to receive push notifications from a very wide range of services and allows for a great deal of flexibility. It does take some time to set the service up, though, as you have to set up filters in your email, for example. Most of the setup happens on the service’s website, though, which makes things pretty easy. If you need to get push notifications fast and from a wide variety of services, Notifications is the way to go right now and the hassle of setting it up is more than worth the effort. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Attic-Insulation Upgrade

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Do you want to keep your heating costs from going through the roof? It’s easy: Keep your heat from going through the roof. Saving money on heating-fuel costs is a lot simpler than negotiating with OPEC or your local utility. On a recent upgrade in the attic of a 1950s-era house (one of two projects shown here), I air-sealed and spread a 12-in.- deep layer of cellulose throughout 1500 sq. ft. of space in about a day. Coupled with other energy-saving improvements made to the home, the result was that the owner saw his heating and cooling costs reduced by half compared to the previous year, even in the face of higher electricity and heating-fuel costs.I typically focus my efforts to improve the energy efficiency of an attic on two main areas: sealing air leaks in the ceiling and increasing the amount of insulation.The payback period for tightening a leaky ceiling can be as short as a month. Adding insulation might take a few heating or cooling seasons to pay off, but the wait is relatively brief. I estimate the payback for air-sealing and upgrading attic insulation to be realized in three years.On these projects, I also chose to install a radiant-reflective membrane. Besides reducing radiant-heat gain from the roof, the membrane makes the attic more attractive and dust-free for storage use, and it keeps the blown-in insulation from blocking the rafter bays. While they can reduce peak attic temperatures by 10°F to 30°F, the barriers haven’t proved to be cost effective in all geographicregions, or in attics that are adequately insulated, that are air-sealed, and that have well-insulated, wrapped air-handling equipment and ductwork. you are probably better off spending the money on more insulation and air-sealing than on a… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Dealing with Your Irrational Competitor

first_img 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 Now There is no way your irrational competitor can quote those prices and be profitable enough to deliver the outcomes they’ve sold. You can’t do it, and the companies that have tried have struggled, or they have disappeared.The concessions your irrational competitor makes are unintelligible. They make no sense at all, and they are something your company would never agree to. The profit margins don’t exist to allow these concessions. Yet they regularly agree to them.The explanations your irrational competitor provides to explain how they can be better and cheaper usually amount to nothing more than “We’re just like them, only cheaper.”There is nothing you can do about your irrational competitor’s strategy, their tactics, or their promises. If the strategy is unsustainable, it will eventually prove itself to be just that. If the tactics reduce their margins and make it difficult for them to execute and produce the promised outcomes their clients expect, at some point, that is what will happen. If their promises turn out to be lies, they will be exposed. Eventually.You can do nothing about their strategy or tactics. There is even less that you can do about the promises they make to your prospective clients—and your actual clients, as they try to displace you. Even collecting the stories of the clients that have come back to you aren’t always enough to keep you from losing a prospect or having a client defect.Your irrational competitor is irrational. These behaviors are what make them irrational. It’s how they believe they will win. They will operate this way until the market punishes them. And, over time, the market punishes those who don’t run a profitable business.Until such a time, your job is to identify the prospective clients who are willing to pay more for the greater value you create. Your strategy is to identify those clients who are let down by the concessions your irrational competitor makes, when their execution fails because they made the concession necessary to buy business. Your strategy must be to create greater value for your prospective and existing clients, focusing on winning those who are unwilling to make concessions, and those who understand the difference between price and cost.You will lose to irrational clients because there is nothing they won’t do to win. The hedge you make is to build your pipeline, and learn to create greater value, value worth paying more for.last_img read more

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