ECOWAS, GOL Pay Homage to UNDP’s Dr. Kamaluddeen

first_imgThe Ambassador of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Liberia, Tunde Ajisomo, has lauded outgoing United Nations Development Program Country Director Dr. Kamil Kayode Kamaluddeen for his immense contributions to peace, good governance and infrastructural development as well as the rule of law in Liberia.Director Kamaluddeen, who is affectionately referred to as KK, has left an indelible mark on Liberia as a development specialist by the policies and strategies he helped to draft—leading to some considerable levels of developmental improvement in the country, Ajisomo said.Speaking at a cocktail reception held in KK’s honor in Monrovia, Ambassador Ajisomo said “KK has been passionate about development in Liberia and is a true son and patriot of the African continent.” Ambassador Ajisomo, who is also a Nigerian, added, “Any of our compatriots who come to Liberia on assignment firstly has to get in touch with KK to get an orientation, because of his reputation as someone who helps others integrate in the Liberian terrain; and KK is referred to as the ‘Landlord.’”Dr. Kamaluddeen served Liberia for nine years, though intermittently. His first stint was when he served as Economic Advisor and Head of the Strategy and Policy Unit, UNDP Liberia, from 2002 – 2008 before returning in 2013 as Country Director.KK was very popular in the diplomatic community as well as among his Nigerian compatriots all because of what many describe as his high level of humility, selflessness, commitment to duty and accessibility. Many of them praised him for helping them settle in successfully upon their arrival in Liberia.Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin said KK will truly be missed because he has been a strong pillar to rely on. “KK has been a true friend to this government and our country. He was very instrumental in the crafting of the Poverty Reduction Strategy that helped us significantly to set us on our path of national development,” the Minister said.The Minister described KK as a “development-oriented” individual who built up on the Community Based Initiative (CBI), which was set up by his predecessor, Antonio Vigilante.The CBI provided the stage for community participation in the country’s decentralization process to provide municipal services in Liberia’s 15 counties—a program that led to the realization of the County Service Centers in some counties.Responding, KK said his tenure may have come to an end, but he is leaving as a very proud man, adding that he is grateful to God for his contribution to Liberia.“We strongly believe we could not have done this alone so we appreciate the capable teams we were fortunate to have worked with. They too, must be appreciated,” KK said. According to him, his greatest achievement is leaving in a peaceful country. “We’re very happy that Liberians have embraced peace and I’m of the conviction that this peace will be sustained because without peace there can be no development,” KK said, adding that he now considers Liberia a second home.“Many of our compatriots from the ECOWAS region made a lot of sacrifices to ensure that peace comes to Liberia. Some of them did this with their lives. So I’m glad that this dream is being realized and I’m also glad to have been a part of transitioning Liberia from its war era to a stable country on the path of development,” he said.KK, who has over 15 years working experience with the UN, replaced Mr. Dominic Sam as UNDP Country Director. He has extensive professional, academic, administrative knowledge and experience.UNDP, the UN’s global development network, advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help empower people and build resilient nations, and has been working in Liberia since 1977.UNDP is currently providing technical assistance within the framework of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017, which is fully aligned with Liberia’s mid and long term development strategies.According to KK, UNDP’s interventions are meant to ensure that the country is peaceful and has inclusive politics, a diversified economy, and stable institutions. “We have also been helping to ensure the laws are enforced fairly, land tenure problems have been resolved, natural resources are efficiently managed and health and education standards have reached those of other middle income countries,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmers charged for trespassing on Belle Vue “private” lands

first_imgAs tensions rise over several acres of land continue at Bell Vue, West Coast Demerara, 11 farmers have been charged for trespassing on private lands.This was related to Guyana Times on Friday by a farmer, Satesh Rajpat, who explained that several farmers – including Ramcharran Sookram, Imraz Hassan and his father Ramesh Rajpat – who have been planting pineapples, corn, cassava, sweet potatoes, plantain and banana sucker, red bean and cash crops; including tomatoes and other vegetables, were told they were planting on “private lands”.A few of the aggrieved farmers complaining to Police Officers recently at Belle VueAccording to him, those farmers were taken to the Wales Police Station on Thursday and released on $20,000 station bail each for trespassing. Satesh Rajpat added that those charges were instituted after a report was made by the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Co-op Society Chairman, Deodat Deokinandan, who is claiming the farmers have been squatting on the land.Rajpat added the matter is expected to come up at the Wales Magistrate’s Court later in March; however, the farmers are also contemplating taking legal action as they believe their rights are being stifled by a wealthy businessman.“They are claiming now that they have a lease from NICIL (National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited) who is now the owner of all of the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) Wales Estate assets but when we spoke to NICIL, they (said) they never issued such a document, so an investigation would be launched into that to find out who issued them with a lease from NICIL,” the farmer stated.He added that they are making arrangements to file legal actions in the High Court for damages and compensation. The farmer said they have reached out to the Government to intervene in the matter.Although the farmers are confident that they have been utilising State lands to ply their trade since the fall of the Wales Sugar Estate, the Co-op Society Chairman recently produced documents to prove that many of the farmers allegedly sold their shares to the society while others supposedly relinquished their lands for the society to operate.“I am never a bully and will never be a bully. These people come illegally and squat on the Society’s land and it is not the right thing to do and dem ah seh de President tell them to do that… I don’t know who is the real bully but these people already take compensation from the Society; some in 2011 and some in 2014,” Deokinandan explained during a previous interview.The dispute between the farmers and the businessman erupted on February 17, 2019, when the Police were called in after farmers contended that they, and their predecessors, have cultivated cane from 1956 to 2016 under a co-operative arrangement following an initial Bookers contract, but a businessman had erected a fence adjacent to the Belle Vue Public Road and other partitions, including one blocking the entrance on a reserved space for a dam along which machines could be driven to clean waterways.When the Wales Sugar Estate ceased operations by the end of 2016, the farmers petitioned Government to be allowed to cultivate diversified crops as their original contracts disallowed them from doing so. They indicated that after President David Granger granted the approval, they opted to begin planting in 2017. However, according to the Belle Vue farmers, they are being bullied for the land.They said the businessman allowed cows to graze in the crops which would hinder a return on investment.Deokinandan explained that the cows grazing in the lands fenced off are legally placed since this was passed during a general meeting of the Society. He also denied claims that he has been threatening the farmers at Belle Vue.Society Secretary Antoinette Manichand meanwhile said many of the farmers were errant members and were taken to arbitration for not paying their share of fees in land rentals to GuySuCo. She observed that it would be unfair for the Society’s contributing members to offset the costs for those who were not paying their dues. It was earlier explained by members that the descendants were reportedly no longer interested in cultivating sugar cane.She also claimed one such farmer was Francis Ferreira, who was allegedly paid $290,000 in compensation; a cheque made out in the name of the businessman, while others were paid hundreds of thousands and some over a million dollars for their fields. She provided documents to this effect.last_img read more

Jagdeo demands Govt come clean on Exxon’s US$20M bonus

first_img…asks “where did the money go?”One week after making a promise to enquire of ExxonMobil whether a multimillion-dollar signing bonus was indeed paid to the Government, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that he has information that would suggest that the Government has indeed collected the bonus.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the media at his Church Street, Georgetown office on WednesdayThe Opposition Leader on Wednesday told the media that he could ‘reasonably confirm’ that it was true, especially since members of Government have neither confirmed nor denied the allegation when confronted.“They received this money it seems, almost a year ago. If this turns out to be true, then I believe that the entire Government should resign because this is if you cannot be transparent about receipts from a company or from any company in Guyana, particularly a company in the extractive sector…”Jagdeo said that may be the most appropriate thing to do, especially since Guyana was now seeking membership from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an organisation that promotes open and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources.He also queried the whereabouts of the money. “If this turns out to be true and the Government received the money and (Finance Minister) Winston Jordan did not know about this, then where did the money go? And if he does know about it and he lied to the country saying he did not know about it, then that is just as bad.”The Opposition Leader said he still planned on asking ExxonMobil about the bonus when he met with its representatives. However, he noted that the matter was of grave concern if it turned out that Government did in fact receive money from ExxonMobil and did not tell the nation.Jagdeo promised to place this issue on the front burner until the truth was revealed. He said the issue has languished in the media, because no one felt that any Government would take such a move.The allegation about Government receiving this bonus was first made by Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram. Ram had said that this payment may be one of the reasons why Government was not disclosing the new contract between itself and the US oil giant.Government’s Petroleum Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal has said he had told the Government to release the contract in the interest of transparency, but there have not been any comments from Government.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has been tight-lipped in regard to receipt of this alleged bonus. Repeatedly avowing that releasing the contract could have national security ramifications, and that the Government has been “advised” against such, Trotman has said the release of the contract is not his decision, but Cabinet’s.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (Exxon’s subsidiary) is the operator, and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.In June 2017, ExxonMobil was granted its formal production licence. Before that, reviews were done of the technical and environmental aspects of the Liza Project Development Plan submitted by Esso Exploration and Production (Guyana) Ltd.As per the agreement the coalition Government made with Exxon, it will be two per cent royalty per barrel of oil and a 50/50 share of profits. This two per cent is, however, below the global average.The Government has justified the two per cent royalty by contrasting it with the 50/50 share of the profits, an arrangement that the Government has said is a reasonable one, arrived at through the advice of experts. Some had opined that a revenue-sharing arrangement would be a better option than a profit-sharing one.There has been a flurry of activities in the Stabroek Block, since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs had been encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The company has announced that it had made its third significant discovery (Liza 3) in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana.Drilling on Payara well began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well.last_img read more

DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWS

first_img3rd Annual Great Rosses Turkey TrotCalling all you hunter/gatherers amongst you. You are all invited to come along to “3rd Annual Great Rosses Turkey Trot” to see which of you can bring the xmas dinner home. The trot, which is a fun c5km Fun Run, jog or walk for all the family, is being held on Sunday December 15th @12.30 and is leaving from St. Columba’s Community Centre, Burtonport. Registration at the community centre from 12.  RACE RULESWhen you enter, you have to give your estimated finishing time. The winner of the race is the person who gets closest to their predicted time. Eoin’s decision final Prizes: Turkey’s for the Winners – lots of spot prizes to random participants  CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR, BurtonportSunday December 15th from 11.30 – 3.00.There will also be a CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR in the Community Centre after mass on the same day as THE GREAT ROSSES TURKEY TROT. This is usually one of the last craft fairs of the Christmas shopping period so ideal for all the late shoppers amongst us.If you would like to book a table at the fair please contact Margaret on 0876317683. Tables cost €10 each and it is necessary to book prior to arriving. Christmas @ The Breakfast ArTBoXThe Breakfast ArTBoX is an activity group suited to toddlers and their carers. It is held in the CDP building in Dungloe every Monday morning between 10 – 12. An ideal group to help develop your child social and creative side whilst giving you a chance to meet other parents/carers and build friendships. Cost €2 per child – includes all art materials, tea/coffee and a light snack. DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

DDTV: HEARTACHE AS DONEGAL SINGER FAILS IN ‘THE VOICE’ BID

first_imgDDTV: DONEGAL singer Peter McGrory has failed to land a judge and get through to the next round of RTE’s The Voice of Ireland – but judge Dolores O’Riordan told him: “Believe in yourself.” The 28-year-old from Tooban near Burnfoot lived in Britain for nine years where he went to music college but returned home14 months when he had a serious health scare and was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He was later given the all-clear, he told the show tonight.He performed Pearl Jam’s hit ‘Black’ to demonstrate his vocal range at the auditions.But O’Riordan, who met Eddie Vedder, urged Peter to find his own voice.“Try to find your own voice and you never know what might happen,” she said. After the show Peter said: “I was a wee bit shakey; I think I let it get to me.”Donegal already has two contestants through to the battles stages – Kedar Friis-Lawrence (18) from Glen  and Paddy Molloy (23) from Glenties. DDTV: HEARTACHE AS DONEGAL SINGER FAILS IN ‘THE VOICE’ BID was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:InishowenPeter McGroryRTEThe Voice of Irelandlast_img read more

FISHER: LETTERKENNY FIANNA FAIL ‘WON’T BACK McCONALOGUE’ FOR DÁIL SEAT

first_imgVictor FisherFIANNA FAIL in Letterkenny won’t back Charlie McConalogue to win a Dail seat at the next General Election, according to a former senior figure in the party.Former town mayor Victor Fisher tells today’s Tirconaill Tribune Deputy Charlie McConalogue is not getting the backing of the party in Letterkenny.Fisher who was an FF Letterkenny Town Cllr for 30 years stopped just short of saying that attempts were being made to shaft the Inishowen man. Following the speculation that a leading GAA figure would not be running, Fisher says the names of Cllr James Pat McDaid and a former Cllr Enda Nicholls are the names being mentioned on the grapevine as possible Letterkenny candidates.“I don’t attend local Fianna Fail meetings after the way the Party treated my son David before the Council elections last year. But I am hearing that Charlie is getting no backing.“I think Dessie Shiels will run as an Independent candidate and the best hope for Charlie is to do a voting deal with him to try and retain his seat. It looks to me the other Fianna Fail candidate that will definitely be running is Pat Cope Gallagher.“If a third is run in Letterkenny it will only to be shore up votes for the Cope,” Fisher said. The former Cllr says it is local Party strategists that are behind the plan to have a Letterkenny candidate run in the General Election and attempts to blame FF Headquarters is a smokescreen.“You also have to remember that there is a Party Convention supposed to be coming and Charlie has to try and get through that. But even if he doesn’t his name will probably be added on by Fianna Fail in Dublin.”Fisher says he couldn’t vote for FF after the way he and his son David were treated by the Party when candidates were being selected for last year’s Council elections.“I was a loyal long serving member of the Party in Letterkenny yet when it came to selecting candidates for the Council elections my name was not entertained. I don’t whether it was my age or some other agenda.“Then we were given false hope that my son David was going to be a candidate. But the whole thing was then organised to make sure David wouldn’t be on the Fianna Fail ticket. “It was a terrible way for my family to be treated after the amount of work I did for the Party for way over 30 years. I canvassed day and night for Jimmy McDaid when he was running in the General Elections. I don’t believe that Headquarters were behind keeping me and David out it was local party people who wanted others to run,” Fisher told the paper in an interview today.FISHER: LETTERKENNY FIANNA FAIL ‘WON’T BACK McCONALOGUE’ FOR DÁIL SEAT was last modified: June 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Charlie McConaloguedailfianna failrowTDVictor Fisherlast_img read more

Customers only allowed one small carry-on bag with Ryanair’s new baggage policy

first_imgRyanair’s new baggage policy will come into effect on Monday the 15th of January.Priority boarding customers (including Plus, Flexi Plus & Family Plus) will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft.All other customers will still be allowed two bags – but will only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag will be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate. From Monday, Ryanair customers will also be able to upgrade to Priority Boarding (allowing you to take on two bags) up to 30 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure time on the Ryanair app.New signage and baggage sizers have been installed at the boarding gates to all of Ryanair’s flights.Ryanair has already introduced new reduced checked bag fees (and increased check-in bag sizes) to encourage more customers to check in bags and reduce the number of customers with 2 bags at the boarding gates. Since September, the check-in bag allowance has increased from 15kg to 20kg for all bags, and the standard check-in bag fee has been cut from €/£35 to €/£25 for this 20kg bag.Ryanair has also redesigned their boarding passes to show whether a customer should queue in the priority or non-priority queue. Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs says that since announcing the new policy, they have received a “positive reception” from customers.“This new policy is fair, will speed up boarding and will eliminate any risk of Ryanair flights being delayed because of too many bags being brought on board.“We wish to reassure all customers that they can still enjoy our two free bag allowance, but that from Monday (15th January 2018), only Priority Boarding customers will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft. All other customers can bring one smaller carry-on bag on board, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag will be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate.“We have already cut our checked-in bag fee and increased the checked-bag size allowance which has also been welcomed by customers, particularly those who wish to travel through the airport without any baggage.”Customers only allowed one small carry-on bag with Ryanair’s new baggage policy was last modified: January 10th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:2018allowancebaggagebaggage policyChangesluggageryanairlast_img read more

Slugs likely this summer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Something very small has benefited from the heavy rainfall that has played havoc with field crops statewide: the slimy and frequently hungry gray garden slug.Planting corns and soybeans early sometimes helps reduce the amount of damage from slugs because the crop has a chance to outpace the growth of the slug, whose appetite increases as it matures, said Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with Ohio State University Extension.But with above average rainfall across the state and some late-season frosts, a significant number of farmers are planting — or replanting — corn and soybeans later in the growing season. And those emerging plants are tasty meals for the slithering bandits.This spring and summer might just offer the perfect conditions for slugs, including the gray garden slug, the species that typically creates the biggest problem for growers of field crops, Tilmon said.“We get the worst problems when we have very small plants combined with large slugs because they’re out there happily feeding on them,” Tilmon said. “That’s a bad combination.”Slugs tend to build up in fields that aren’t tilled, where they’re protected by the leftover remains of past years’ crops, Tilmon said. During the day, slugs can seek cover under past crop residue, taking advantage of the shade and extra layer of moisture. At night, they feast. Not only are the emerging plants vulnerable to slugs, but slugs can chomp away at seeds as well.They are not picky eaters and are willing to devour pretty much anything they can crawl onto: corn, soybeans, grain, forages and even weeds if a field does not have any crops growing on it.One of the more significant pests for Ohio’s soybean and corn growers, slugs can be easily overlooked in a field, said Andy Michel, an OSU Extension pest expert.Their eggs are slightly smaller than a BB and blend in well with the soil, Michel said. After hatching, they hide during the day, venturing out at night to seek food. As a result, a farmer may not be aware of the number of slugs in a field until after the damage is done.“I’ve seen holes in soybeans, gaps in rows and fields that needed to be replanted because of slugs,” Michel said.They do the most damage in late spring and early summer.“If you go out at dusk or after sunset with a flashlight, you might find them in the act,” Tilmon said.Besides holes in leaves, slugs can leave behind their trace, a trail of clear slime that shines when it dries.Like uninvited guests, slugs can be tough to get rid of. Growers should scout for slugs, particularly in areas where weeds thrive or where there are a lot of remnants of past years’ crops.A farmer with a serious slug problem can either till the soil to disrupt the slugs’ shelter or apply a pesticide with an active ingredient of either metaldehyde or chelated iron, Tilmon said. Insecticides do not kill them because slugs aren’t insects — they’re mollusks.One way to tell if a field has a slug problem is by leaving asphalt shingles in various parts of the field — ideally white ones that won’t attract the heat as much during the day — but will draw slugs if they’re around, Tilmon said. A grower can flip over the shingles and get an idea of how many slugs are hiding out in their field, then decide what to do about them.For more information, visit: go.osu.edu/slugsoncrops.last_img read more

3 Companies That Tackle Complexity in the Cloud

first_imgThe deep complexities of managing a cloud infrastructure for the enterprise are only just beginning to emerge. Today we are at Gluecon, talking with three companies about managing that complexity in the cloud. Let’s take a quick look at these three companies and the services they provide.MakaraMakara is a startup that provides a service for making applications cloud ready. In the traditional enterprise, there is a full view of an application and how it is behaving. The server is there to check and fix. In the cloud you do not have that visibility. If a node dies, there is no view into what happened. The provider may be able to provide some information. But pretty much if the application is not built correctly then there can be some serious issues in play. Makara builds data infrastructures for applications. It outfits application capsules with a data infrastructure so the developer can keep tabs on the application after it is deployed to the cloud. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#events SOASTASOASTA is in the business of cloud testing. It tests the performance of Web applications. SOASTA built its test platform on top of a real time engine that can look at an application and its performance in the dynamic world of the cloud.Here’s a bit about SOASTA’s cloud analytics. From the Amazon Web Services blog:“The new product, CloudTest Analytics, builds on SOASTA’s existing CloudTest product. It consists of data extraction layer that is able to extract real time performance metrics from a number of existing APM (Application Performance Management) tools from vendors such as IBM, CA, RightScale, Dynatrace, New Relic, Nimsoft. The data is pulled from the entire application stack, including resources that are in the cloud or behind the firewall or at the content distribution layer. All of the metrics are aggregated, stored in a single scalable data warehouse, and displayed on a single, correlated timeline. Performance engineers can use this information to understand, optimize, and improve application and system performance.”From IBM: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… OpsCodeOpsCode developed CHEF, which is essentially a cook book with a variety of of recipes for automating the grueling manual tasks that have historically been required to fix server issues. The cloud is dynamic. There may be a spike in demand that requires adding 100 servers. Opscode’s automation capabilities give the capability to detect and add nodes. In essence, you write code to describe how you want each part of your infrastructure built, then apply it to your servers. Gov 2.0: Scaling, Automation, & Management in the Cloud A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williamslast_img read more

Tomorrow Starts Today

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you don’t know what you were going to do first thing Monday morning, you are beginning the week with a poor start. Because you have not defined your top two or three most important objectives and blocked time to complete them, you are already in reactive mode.Odds are, if you don’t know what you need to do and haven’t defined that work, you will go to the one place that feels like work but isn’t, your email inbox.Working harder doesn’t make you more productive. Neither does working smarter. You can work very hard on things that don’t move you any closer to your goals. That isn’t going to make you any more productive than watching television. You can also spend time trying to hack productive by working smarter. Nothing is gained by applying greater efficiency to activities that aren’t aligned with your goals and objectives.The only thing you can do to increase your productivity in a meaningful way is to do the most important work you need to do each day.If you want greater productivity, you have to do your most important work each day. Being able to do that work is going to require some preparation.First, you are going to have identify your priority. The word “priority” is singular. What is the most important outcome or objective you need to achieve? You no doubt have multiple priorities competing for your time. But before you can decide what is your second most important outcome, you have to decide what is most important. You can make progress on two or three priorities each week, not two dozen.Second, after you know what you need to do, you have to block time to do that work. Your calendar is a reflection of your priorities. A calendar with too much white space means you are working in reactive mode. The world will fill that time for you, if you let it.To keep small things from preventing you from spending time on big things, you have to crowd out small things. Being productive is a matter of focus and discipline.The reason I get up at 4:30 AM every day is so I have two and a half solid hours for my priorities every day. No one wants your time and attention at 4:30 AM. What could you do with 17.5 hours each week?last_img read more