Breaking News: 2 die in WCD accident

first_imgTwo men were killed in a Cornelia Ida, West Cost Demerara accident.Dead are Romeo Henry of Windsor Forest, WCD and Doesh Sukhnandan of La Jalousie, WCD.More details in Thursday January 25th edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

Juventus ready to make £24m summer move for Chelsea midfielder

first_img1 Oscar in action for Chelsea Juventus are set to reignite their interest in Chelsea midfielder Oscar in the summer.The Old Lady expressed an interest in signing the Brazilian international in January but any attempts to make contact with the player’s representatives were quickly blocked by Chelsea.However, according to Tuttosport, Antonio Conte wants to revamp Chelsea’s midfield if he is announced as the club’s next manager and Oscar may not be included in the Italian’s future plans.Juventus are ready to fork out £24m for the 24-year-old and pounce on a period of change at Stamford Bridge.Oscar joined Chelsea from Internacional in 2012 and has won the Premier League, League Cup and the Europa League with the club.last_img

Xbox One price set at 499 will anyone pay that

first_imgMicrosoft has just finished up its Xbox One E3 event and announced some pretty compelling exclusive games. I say exclusive, but that doesn’t necessarily mean exclusive forever. Microsoft also included one game that’s already been released and has just been updated for the Xbox One. Does that count? According to Microsoft it certainly does.The full line-up of games announced during the event includes:Battlefield 4 (arriving first on Xbox One)Crimson DragonDead Rising 3Forza 5HaloKiller InstinctMax the Curse of BrotherhoodMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainMinecraft: Xbox One EditionProject SparkQuantum BreakRyse: Son of RomeSunset OverdriveThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntTitanfallBelowWorld of TanksThat’s a pretty healthy line-up of titles, some of which will be available at launch, but no firm dates have been given for each game.Once the games announcements were over Microsoft moved on to talk about price and release windows. You can expect to see the Xbox One hit store shelves at some point in November, and a pre-order program will be in place at your favorite games retailer. As for the price, it’s going to cost $499, 499 Euros, or £429 depending on where you are in the world. (Xbox One pre-orders are available now.)The question is, will anybody be willing to pay that?You can pick up an Xbox 360 for $280 and a PS3 for $300, meaning the Xbox One carries a $200 premium. If the economy was the same as when the PS3 came out, that would probably still be grumbled about but accepted nonetheless, and lets not forget the PS3 cost $600. But money is much tighter for people right now, and that $200 price difference looks much bigger. Also consider that just gets you the console, with games likely to cost $60 each on top of that, plus the cost of the broadband connection you need in order to continue using the console.When Sony discusses the PS4 later today they may also announce a $499 price point and it will cause the same question to be asked. Is that affordable right now?You also have to consider both machines are basically specialized PCs with the major components being provided from a single source: AMD. It’s debatable whether Microsoft is making a loss per console sale, but even if they are it’s going to be very small meaning they probably could have set a cheaper launch price.So, come November will you be queuing up with $500 plus at least another $60 for a game? Or is the redesigned Xbox 360 looking like the console to have under the tree this Christmas?last_img read more

Creating Competitive Advantage Aligning Strategies and Driving Them Through Operations

first_imgCreating competitive advantage while developing and executing aligned business growth strategies and company development strategies is a very difficult set of concepts for most people to grasp all at once.I find that each person has a “comfort zone” where they are really good, but they also have difficulties with one or more of the following:1. Conceptualizing a complete set of the possible competitive advantages, the possible business growth strategies, and the possible company development strategies.2. Understanding how to align business growth strategies with company development strategies and doing them in a way that maximizes their creation of competitive advantage.3. Determining their best set of competitive advantages, business growth strategies, and company development strategies at any given point.4. Understanding how to drive their chosen set of strategies into their day-to-day operating activities (product development, marketing, sales, people, etc.)5. Understanding how to adjust their strategies as the results from their day-to-day operating activities surface.This is the first of a series of posts intended to address the concepts of creating competitive advantage while developing and executing business growth strategies and company development strategies.My first few posts are broad, for I need to frame out the various concepts and link them to each other. These posts include:What is Competitive Advantage?What are Business Growth Strategies?What are Company Development Strategies?I will work to define each of the concepts, provide examples, and demonstrate how they link to each other and to operational execution. I will also update this post periodically as I develop the series.If you are oriented more toward day-to-day operating activities, the first few posts will seem too conceptual and the latter posts will feel more in your wheel-house. If you are more conceptual/strategy oriented, you will be more comfortable with the earlier posts and less interested in the more specific operational posts that will come later.Look for my next post on “What is Competitive Advantage?”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more