Trio of parades ushers in the Christmas season

first_imgLatest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “Usually, we line up at the gymnasium but we have a basketball game scheduled so we’re going to line up at the fire department,” Jordan said.Prior to and following the downtown parade, there will be entertainment by SheBANG! Cloggers and Chad Sanders, Justin Sanders and others.Santa Claus will make a special trip to Goshen to hear the Christmas wishes of all the boys and girls. The 2016 Troy Christmas Parade is set for 6 p.m. Monday, December 5, in downtown Troy. Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County ushers in the Christmas season in a grand way each year with three countywide parades.The Christmas parades will get underway at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Goshen and everyone is invited to “come parade with us,” said Goshen Mayor Darren Jordan.“It’s a Christmas parade, other than that, there is no theme,” Jordan said. “And, you don’t have to let us know you’re coming, just show up and lineup. Everyone is invited to participate with an entry in the parade or as a spectator at this annual event.” Published 3:00 am Wednesday, November 30, 2016 You Might Like IT’S GONE: As wildfires ravage Gatlinburg, locals mourn loss of favorite vacation spot A structure and vehicle are damaged from the wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Rain had begun… read morecenter_img Excitement is building as Goshen residents are preparing to host the county’s first Christmas Parade of 2016.“The parade is in Goshen but we invite churches, schools, clubs, organizations and individuals all around the county and throughout the area to be a part of welcoming the 2016 Christmas season,” Jordan said. “You can walk or ride in the parade with lights, bells, Christmas colors, music – anything for the season.”Lineup for the Goshen Christmas Parade is from 5 until 5:45 p.m. in front of the Goshen Fire Department. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Shelia Jackson, Troy public relations director, said already more than 70 entries are registered for the parade.“But it’s not too late to enter the parade,” Jackson said. “Just call 670-2286 and join the fun of being in the Troy Christmas Parade.”The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas Melodies” and Jackson said Troy’s creativity will be showing when the parade ushers in the Christmas season in Troy.“People are having a lot of fun with the theme and that’s the makings of another great Troy Christmas Parade,” Jackson said. “We’ll have walkers and riders and floats and bands, including Troy University’s Sound of the South and the Charles Henderson High School Blue Machine.”The parade will line up on Elm Street and follow a route around the square, the same route as the Troy University Appreciation Day Parade.“The route provides great viewing from all around the square,” Jackson said. Immediately following the parade, everyone is invited to the 2016 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the square.Student representatives from the Troy City Schools will join Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves in the lighting of the city’s official Christmas Tree. The Troy Elementary School Choir will provide music for the ceremony.Special holiday music by Henry Everett and Patrick Jackson will be from 5 until 6 p.m.  on the square and also following the lighting of the city’s Christmas Tree.The third and final Pike County Christmas Parade of 2016 will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 in downtown Brundidge.Lamar Steed, parade chair of the sponsoring Brundidge Business Association, said those who plan to enter the parade may call 735-2306 to let the BBA know they are coming but that’s not a requirement.“The lineup for the parade will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Wendell Taylor National Guard Armory but there will be no registration numbers. Just come and get in line,” Steed said. “The Christmas Parade will feature the Jingle Bell Jog with all kindergarten through fourth-grade students invited to participate. Lineup for the ‘jog’ will be at the old BB&T bank building.”The parade will end at Brundidge City Hall where first- through fourth-grade students at Pike County Elementary School will present a program of Christmas songs.Santa Claus will make a grand entrance on the fire truck with bells clanging and whistles blowing.“After Santa greets the children, he will go to the Knox Ryals Pavilion where he will hear the Christmas wishes of all the boys and girls,” Steed said. There are three opportunities to enjoy the fun and excitement of a Christmas Parade right here in Pike County. Everyone is encouraged to attend one or all of the parades. 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Ranji Trophy: 20 wickets fall on Day 1

first_imgAssam restrict J&K at 144 after scoring 128 : Mukhtar grabs 5 wicketsOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam made good come back in the Ranji Trophy tie against Jammu & Kashmir here today. After bowled out for paltry 128 runs in the first innings Assam didn’t allow the opponent to take control on the game and they too bowled out the visitors at 144 in their first innings. Later Assam finished the day scoring 6-0 in the second innings.The pitch at the ACA stadium, Barsapara is a paradise for the pace bowlers of both the teams and they grabbed the opportunity with both hands. All 20 wickets, that fall today, were collected by the pacers. Invited to bat Assam, who brought in Rahul Hazarika in place of Sib Sankar Roy and Mrinmoy Dutta replaced Ranjeet Mali, lost wicket on regular interval and once they were 9-74. It was the last wicket partnership between Mrinmoy Dutta and Mukhtar Hussain which made the total little respectable.The duo added 54 runs on the last wicket and the partnership could take Mrinmoy into the record book as the batsman, who came into bat at number 11 position, became the highest run scorer in the innings. Mrinmoy, remained not out on 35, also faced most number of balls (54) among Assam batsman, hit 4 boundaries and one six. Mukhtar contributed 24 with the help of four boundaries. Rishav Das (12), Amit Sinha (11) and Arup Das (10) were the other batsmen of the team who scored double figure runs in the first innings.Visitors were also in trouble during their batting and the side couldn’t get slender first innings lead unless opener Qamran Iqbal (64, 4X6, 6X2) played a good knock. Mukhtar and Arup bowled magnificently at the early stage and both were almost unplayable. The visitors were once 4-19 but Qamran fought bravely and he got good support from former member of Team India Irfan Pathan (35) and Kanhaiya Wadhawan(24).Mukhtar, highest wicket taker in the innings, finished with 5-39. It was the third occasions when he took five or more wickets in an innings. Arup collected three wickets for 52. Also Read: Ranji Trophy: Meghalaya dismiss Sikkim for 219last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers say leading scorer Damian Lillard will leave the bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and return to Portland on Thursday. Lillard was diagnosed Tuesday with a knee sprain, which occurred in Game 4 of the team’s NBA first-round series against the Lakers.The team did not make any mention if the uncertainty over the remainder of the NBA season played a role in Lillard’s decision.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSLightning crush Bruins; Flyers top Isles in OT Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-RACIAL INJUSTICENBA playoff games called off amid player protestLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Three NBA games were expected to be played on Wednesday. The players thought otherwise. TENNIS-US OPEN-NISHIKORINishikori withdraws from US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) said he tested negative for COVID-19 after having two positive tests but still decided to withdraw from the Grand Slam tournament that begins next week. Nishikori wrote Wednesday on his mobile app that he is ready to “slowly” return to practice but added he isn’t not prepared to compete in best-of-five-set matches. Update on the latest sports The games were postponed as players around the league chose to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice.The dramatic series of moves began when the Milwaukee Bucks declined to take the court against Orlando in the early game. The state of Wisconsin has been rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Rockets and Thunder were slated to play, as were the Lakers against the Trail Blazers. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when.The WNBA followed suit by postponing its Wednesday games. Five of the six scheduled MLS games were postponed, as were three Major League Baseball games.NBA-PACERS-McMILLAN FIRED — The Giants secondary has taken a big hit with second-round draft pick Xavier McKinney scheduled for surgery after breaking his left foot. The club also said linebacker David Mayo will need knee surgery. The team didn’t say when the injuries happened but the players were at practice Tuesday.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSMickelson gets wire-to-wire win in PGA Tour Champions debutRIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Phil Mickelson closed with a 5-under 66 to reach 22 under, leaving him three shots clear of Tim Petrovic and giving him a wire-to-wire win in his debut on the PGA Tour Champions.Mickelson became the 20th player to win on the 50-and-over tour in his first start. He also earned some much-needed confidence after a missed cut at The Northern Trust knocked him from the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Mickelson is trying to fine-tune his game for the U.S. Open. UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning put on an offensive showcase while taking a two-games-to-one lead in their Stanley Cup second-round series.The Lightning power play came to life as they scored three times with the man advantage to blow out the Bruins, 7-1. Tampa Bay’s power play was in an 0-for-16 slump until Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’), Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv) and Alex Killorn (kih-LOHRN’) all scored with the extra attacker.Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored once and assisted on the three power-play goals. Killorn came away with two goals and an assist, while Sergachev and Brayden Point each had a goal and two assists.Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 23 shots for the Bolts.Brad Marchand had the lone Bruins goal, his third in two games. The Flyers have evened their Stanley Cup second-round series at a game apiece.The Flyers blew an early 3-0 lead before Phil Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the Islanders. Third-period goals by Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) allowed the Isles to force overtime before Myers ended the game.Kevin Hayes provided the game’s first two goals after scoring just once in the Flyers’ first 10 playoff games. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored 15:09 into the first period to make it 3-0 and chase Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv), who had just set an Islanders record for longest playoff shutout streak.Carter Hart made 31 saves for the Flyers. Thomas Greiss (grys) stopped 20 shots and was perfect until Myers scored.The wildest finish of the day was provided by the Avalanche, who blew a 3-1 lead in the third period and scored the last three goals in a 6-4 win over the Stars. The comeback puts Colorado within two games to one in the series. Goals by Denis Gurianov (gur-ee-AH’-nahv), Blake Comeau (KOH’-moh) and Jamie Benn gave Dallas a 4-3 lead with 9:13 remaining. But the Avs regained the lead when Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh RAN’-tah-nehn) and Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) tallied 1:52 apart late in the third. Kadri, Rantanen and Nikita Zadorov (zah-DOHR’-ahv) each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.NHL-NEWSNHL strips Coyotes of 2 picks for violating combine policyUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has stripped the Arizona Coyotes of their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the scouting combine policy by conducting physical tests of draft-eligible players. The Braves completed a sweep of the doubleheader as Freddie Freeman unloaded a two-run homer off Chad Green in the sixth inning of a 2-1 victory. Max Fried (freed) allowed four hits and one run in six strong innings to move to 5-0.Yanks starter Masahiro Tanaka was dominant, allowing only three hits in five scoreless innings as he left the second game with a 1-0 lead.In other major league action:— Michael Perez hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 5-4 decision over the Orioles. Brandon Lowe (low) belted a two-run shot to help Tampa Bay win despite just five hits. The AL East leaders have won nine of 11.— The Athletics beat Texas, 3-1 as Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) allowed only an unearned run and three hits over six innings. Fiers is 6-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last nine starts against the Rangers, with his team winning each of those games. The A’s didn’t have a hit until Stephen Piscotty’s one-out RBI single tied the game in the sixth. August 27, 2020 Anderson outduels Cole in big league debutUNDATED (AP) — Ian Anderson had quite a major league debut on Wednesday, helping the Atlanta Braves put an end to Gerrit Cole’s lengthy winning streak.Anderson allowed just one hit over six innings of the Braves’ 5-1 win over the New York Yankees in Game 1 of a twinbill. Anderson had a no-hitter going until Luke Voit homered with one out in the sixth. The third overall pick in the 2016 draft struck out six and walked two.Cole had won 20 straight regular-season decisions dating to May 2019, one off the American League record set by Roger Clemens. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. celebrated his return to the lineup by leading off with a 473-foot drive against Cole.Dansby Swanson and Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) also homered off Cole, who had won his first four starts as a Yankee. RACIAL INJUSTICE-MLBThree MLB games postponed UNDATED (AP) — A trio of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.Games between the Reds and Brewers in Milwaukee, the Mariners and Padres in San Diego and the Dodgers and Giants in San Francisco were called off hours before they were set to begin.MLB SCHEDULE Associated Press — The Indians put together a three-run eighth to knock off the Twins, 6-3. Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored on a single by Cesar Hernandez. Pitcher Mike Clevinger was good in his return to the Cleveland roster, limiting the AL Central leaders to two runs and eight hits while fanning six over six innings.— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) homered for the seventh time in five games to support Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) in the White Sox’s 10th win in 11 games, 10-3 over Pittsburgh. Keuchel allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven over six innings for his third straight victory. Eloy (ee-LOY’) Jiménez slugged a three-run homer, Danny Mendick lined a two-run drive and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) added a solo shot for Chicago.— The Blue Jays blew out the Red Sox, 9-1 as Rowdy Tellez (teh-LEHZ’) drove in four runs with two homers and a double. Vladimir Guererro Jr. hit a pair of doubles, including a three-run bouncer down the left field line which keyed a four-run seventh. Five Toronto pitchers combined to allow three hits, strike out seven and walk three.— The Mets’ bullpen coughed up a 4-1 lead in the eighth before Wilson Ramos slapped an RBI single with two out in the bottom half to give New York a 5-4 victory against the Marlins. Jacob deGrom settled for another no-decision despite strikeout out 14 and holding Miami to a run and two hits over seven innings. Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo (NIH’-moh) homered for the Mets.— Aaron Nola bounced back from the shortest outing of his career and the Phillies took advantage of the Nationals’ sloppy outfield defense to rally for a 3-2 victory. Bryce Harper delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh to help Philadelphia win its third in a row. Nola gave up two runs on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings. Pacers fire McMillan following 2nd straight 1st-round sweepINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, two weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement less than 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight sweep in the first round of the playoffs.McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season. NBA-TRAIL BLAZERS-LILLARDLillard leaving bubble FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander was jailed Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor battery. Deputies say he beat up a man shortly after returning to Florida to help search for his missing father. Alexander and another man were arrested by Collier County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night. Bail for the men was set at $2,000 each and they have been released. A lawyer for Alexander says the player’s only concern is the well-being of his father.Alexander had left Bengals training camp earlier Tuesday to assist the search for his 65-year-old father, Jean Alexandre, a Haitian immigrant who uses a French spelling of the family’s surname. The man he allegedly assaulted had been picking berries with his father. In other NFL news:— Bears running back David Montgomery limped off the field at practice Wednesday after injuring his groin when making a cut on a running play. Montgomery went down in a non-contact drill. Coach Matt Nagy (NAYG’-ee) said it was uncertain how severe the injury is. Commissioner Gary Bettman determined the organization broke the rules by physically testing prospects outside of the combine. Bettman decided to use his powers to take away draft picks rather than impose a fine of $250,000 or more “given the specific circumstances of this case.”The league opted not to discipline any individual members of the organization involved in the situation because Bettman believes it was gross negligence rather than intentional wrongdoing.In other NHL news:— Canadiens coach Claude Julien says he is feeling “100%” after a heart procedure. Julien had a stent installed in a coronary artery Aug. 13 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto after complaining of chest pains. The procedure came a day after Montreal opened its first-round playoff series with Philadelphia.— Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his left shoulder once again and won’t be evaluated for another five months. It will be Tarasenko’s third operation on that shoulder in the past two and a half years. — Austin Romine’s RBI double sparked a five-run sixth before the Tigers completed a 7-5 win over the Cubs. Romine drove in a pair of runs while he and Jonathan Schoop (skohp), Miguel Cabrera and Cameron Maybin each collected three of Detroit’s 18 hits. Cubs starter Jon Lester allowed one run over five innings before the bullpen faltered.— Kolten Wong drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a four-run ninth as the Cardinals stunned the Royals, 6-5. Tyler O’Neill tied the game with a two-out, two-run single. St. Louis outfielder Dexter Fowler and pitcher Jack Flaherty opted to sit out the contest in solidarity with players around the league in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.— Charlie Blackmon launched a grand slam that gave the Rockies an 8-1 lead in the eighth inning of an 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks. Arizona scored four times in the ninth and had the bases loaded with two out until Jeff Hoffman struck out Nick Ahmed (ah-MEHD’) to send the Diamondbacks to their eighth straight loss. Sam Hillard hit a solo homer and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) had two RBIs for Colorado.NFL-NEWSBengals player arrested while searching for missing fatherlast_img read more

Next up on Joe Thornton’s hit list: the player he calls ‘the man’

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton tends to project a ho-hum attitude when it comes to the collection of remarkable milestones he’s stacking up.Earlier this week, when he became the seventh player in NHL history to score 400 goals, record 1,000 assists and play in 1,500 games, he couldn’t even name another player on the list. The one guy that he assumed was in the club, Wayne Gretzky, actually fell 13 games short of joining the group.But when Thornton discovered who he could tie for 11th place on the …last_img

Facebook is Great, But Does It Make Businesses Any Money?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow There is no shortage of hype around social media, especially for the space’s most dominant player, that 500 million user-strong behemoth called Facebook. For businesses of all shapes and sizes, the need to jump on the social Web bandwagon is pretty much a given at this point. Indeed, more than 70% of small businesses use Facebook, according to a recent Merchant Circle survey.While the perceived urgency of getting on board is clear, what’s less obvious to businesses is whether or not social pays off. Of course, the question of what social media ROI even means varies across different types of businesses, all of whom have different goals in mind for their social marketing strategies. For most e-commerce-based businesses, the use of Facebook is not translating into cash, at least according to a recent report from Forrester. Of the 24 companies interviewed, only 7% cited social networking as one of their most effective sources of customers. Affiliate programs, organic search traffic and even offline advertising scored higher than social. By far the most effective channel was paid search marketing, which 90% of respondents put in their top three biggest sources of customers. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#biz Is it just a matter of time? Not so fast. As the report points out, paid search marketing was viewed as effective pretty much from the beginning. Seven years in, shouldn’t Facebook be driving e-commerce by now? The businesses surveyed reported a 1% click-through rate on Facebook posts, which pales in comparison to the 11% average click-through rate seen with good old-fashioned email marketing. Some Hope For Small BusinessesThe report leaves hope for certain types of businesses, who it says may be in a better position to make money from their Facebook presence. Among them are what they call “small pure plays”, small businesses for whom “Facebook is the 2011 version of Yahoo Merchant Solutions or eBay ProStores.” Because the online sales of these sellers are often generated by their own word-of-mouth advertising and because Facebook is essentially their eCommerce platform, it is not uncommon to hear of 100% of the online revenues of such sellers coming through Facebook.” For small businesses, using Facebook for their e-commerce needs frees them from some of the administrative headaches of hosting their own solution, not to mention the lower cost of entry (free). Indeed in the Merchant Circle report we cited above, nearly 37% of small businesses named social networking profiles as their most effective marketing method, second only to search engine marketing. “For such small businesses, it can be more cost-effective to direct customers to one’s fan page on Facebook rather than invest in setting up one’s own website,” the report said. “Local businesses or offers are particularly suited to Facebook as well because individuals often have other local friends in their online social networks.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

The Traditional University Lecture Is Dead

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#education#Hire Education#MOOC#University Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting selena larson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts This post is part of Hire Education, an ongoing series in which ReadWrite examines technological innovation in education and how it’s reshaping universities that are preparing students for a transformed workforce.Why pay thousands of dollars to sit in a stuffy university lecture hall as a professor drones away in front of bored students when you could instead take some of the world’s greatest courses online? For free?A handful of startups and university-backed nonprofits are starting to deliver on that proposition—one that could upend higher education, not to mention the plans of millions of students who are aiming to position themselves for employment in today’s digital economy. Of course, the trend is still in its infancy, with big challenges ahead where student retention, university cooperation and business models are concerned.But proponents of the online-education revolution aren’t shy about their ambitions. Sebastian Thrun, a former Stanford professor who co-founded the startup Udacity two years ago, reportedly believes that in 50 years, there will only be 10 institutions in the world providing higher education—with Udacity, of course, potentially one of them.Off To A Fast Start—Sort OfThis online movement is centered around “massive open online courses,” which go by the ungainly acronym MOOCs. These are typically college-style lectures reconfigured for the online student, complete with lecture video (of varying production value), assignments and interactive discussions. The aim is to provide instruction similar to what students can get in a traditional college atmosphere, only more cheaply and conveniently.Websites like Udacity, Coursera and the non-profit edX (founded in mid-2012 by Harvard and MIT) offer an array of programs taught by established professors at big-name universities. Students register with an email address and can begin taking classes on a rolling basis. There is no application process, and the thousands of students taking one class can get there in a few clicks.MOOCs are clearly starting to catch on. Traditional colleges and universities enrolled almost 20 million people in the 2011-2012 school year. Meanwhile, some of the new online programs—many of them less than two years old—already claim millions of students. Coursera, a startup founded in 2012 by yet another pair of Stanford professors, boasts of over four million people enrolled in its online courses.Many Begin The Journey, But Few Complete ItCompletion rates at MOOCs, though, are a different story.Michael Littman, a Brown University computer-science professor, taught a Udacity course on algorithms that enrolled 16,000 students while he was actively teaching it over the summer. Only one percent of online participants, however, completed the course in real time, meaning they kept up with Littman’s teaching schedule, interacted with him online and finished when he wrapped up the course.The numbers might seem low, but Littman proclaimed himself pleased with the turnout. “Even though it was a small percentage of students that completed the course, the total completion was still more than any students I’ve taught,“ he told me in a phone interview.MOOC proponents argue that such numbers are beside the point, since online courses allow students to work through class material at their own pace. Instructors, however, have no way of knowing if students completed the course after they finished teaching, or if they dropped out altogether.Stuart Preston, 44-year-old sales engineer for voice over IP products in Phoenix, Arizona, is one of those students. He’s currently enrolled in a Coursera computer-networking course taught by professors from the University of Washington. It’s his first MOOC, and he’s finding it hard to keep pace with the professors.“The class is on week seven, but I’m only on week three,” he said in an interview. “It’s easy to blow [off] a class with no direct personal accountability.”The Cost EquationThe effect of MOOCs on traditional colleges and universities remains hard to measure. Many top-tier universities have embraced online courses as a way to democratize quality education by making their lectures and coursework more broadly available, often to other less well known colleges. Not surprisingly, such efforts also tend to bolster their institutional prestige and to enhance the profile of star faculty members who create online courses, a fact that sometimes rankles at institutions lower on the higher-ed food chain.At San Jose State University, for instance, the philosophy department recently refused to use a social-justice MOOC created by Harvard philosophy professor Michael Sandel, complaining in an open letter than the move was “financially driven” and would lead to a “compromise of quality.” As the authors explained:[W]e fear that two classes of universities will be created: one, well-funded colleges and universities in which privileged students get their own real professor; the other, financially stressed private and public universities in which students watch a bunch of videotaped lectures and interact, if indeed any interaction is available on their home campuses, with a professor that this model of education has turned into a glorified teaching assistant.In April, Amherst College in western Massachusetts turned down an invitation to join edX in April after a faculty vote. Duke University’s undergraduate faculty likewise recently rejected an administration plan to develop online courses for college credit.Some state universities, however, are embracing MOOCs as a way of reaching more students. California State University, for instance, recently said it will offer 36 online courses to students enrolled at any of its campuses, allowing far more students access to required courses. (This year, five of the system’s campuses had more applicants for every major than it had slots available.) The University of California and University of Texas systems have implemented similar systems.Even at two-year community colleges, typically a low-cost alternative to four-year institutions, tuition costs have risen 24 percent faster than inflation over the past five years. That makes MOOCs more economically attractive for many students.“I suspect that we’re in a period of experimentation,” Littman, the computer-science professor at Brown, told me. “A lot of schools are seeing it as way for the intro classes to be taught. Those classes can be covered by MOOCs and then students can take upper levels with professors.”The Online Degree ComethIn one of the bolder moves, Georgia Tech—together with AT&T and Udacity—plans to offer an online master’s degree in computer science next year that it will teach exclusively through MOOCs. The cost for the program, which should run three years for most students, is expected to be just under $7,000; a traditional graduate degree would cost three to eight times that.Students who complete the program will receive a fully accredited masters degree. It’s a testbed in many respects, not least because it will weed out students who aren’t serious about completing their courses. One goal is to prove in an academic setting whether an entirely online education is not only possible, but also a respectable alternative to traditional classrooms.The program also aims to help address the lack of workers in science, technology and engineering fields. Applications are due in October.The MOOC Counter-RevolutionAnd yet not all is well in MOOC-ville.Earlier this month, Princeton sociologist Mitchell Duneier, one of the most prominent professors in the MOOC community, quit teaching his popular sociology course on Coursera. Duneier told Chronicle of Higher Education that his decision followed Coursera’s request to license his course to other colleges.“I’ve said no, because I think that it’s an excuse for state legislatures to cut funding to state universities,” Duneier told the Chronicle. “And I guess that I’m really uncomfortable being part of a movement that’s going to get its revenue in that way.”Other academics are working on alternatives to MOOCs that aim to take advantage of online technologies without simply creating centrally created, one-size-fits-all courses. One group of feminist scholars, for instance, has created a distributed online collaborative course—known, of course, as a DOCC.DOCCs aim to use online technology to enhance in-person teaching while also making the results available to online students. Instead of a single syllabus, or course of instruction, for all students, a DOCC is taught across classrooms at several college campuses simultaneously. Courses will vary depending on the institution, but each will use a common video presentation to set the theme for a given week; that video will also be available online. Online students get a dedicated discussion space for conversation, and professors teaching the DOCC will also hold office hours specifically for online participants.The first course created under the DOCC parameters is Dialogues on Feminism and Technology, a learning experiment with dialogue and lectures built around feminist discussions of technology and innovation. Institutions including Brown, Rutgers, Yale and a variety of art schools will offer the course this fall.“Schools, classrooms, and learners are very different,” Alexandra Juhasz, a professor at Pitzer and co-facilitator of the program, told me. “This is why we chose this model.”Shrinking MOOCs Down To SizeFeminists aren’t the only ones rethinking MOOCs. Last month, the California Senate shelved a bill that would have required state universities to offer more online courses for credit, following pushback from faculty unions and a series of amendments that shifted decision authority over online credits back to university faculty. A similar measure in Florida was also largely defanged following strenuous objection and compromise.Some MOOC providers themselves appear to be rethinking their approach, in part because it’s becoming clearer that many—maybe most—universities are not going to simply grant them the ability to offer courses for regular college credit. “Credits are the coin of the academic realm,” Russell Poulin, deputy director of a Boulder, Colo., higher-education technology cooperative, told the Chronicle of Higher Education. “And if that’s where the coins are, these companies are going to drive there.”As businesses, MOOCs are still mostly living on the largesse of their investors while they work out how to actually generate revenue. That’s not easy if your plan is to keep your offerings free.Both Udacity and Coursera raise some revenue by recruiting students on behalf of large companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. MOOCs charge significantly less than traditional headhunters and have access to large pools of talent that demonstrate specific knowledge around topics these companies are looking for.A few MOOCs are licensing courses to educational institutions that want to supplement classes with video lectures. That’s a bit of a step back from the early, grandiose vision of sweeping away the existing educational system with free, best-of-breed courses on all subjects.But some MOOC pioneers are sounding a bit like folks who’ve had a recent encounter with gravity. “A medium where only self-motivated, Web-savvy people sign up, and the success rate is 10 percent, doesn’t strike me quite yet as a solution to the problems of higher education,” Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun recently told the Chronicle. Udacity, of course, sees a real business in offering technology and support services for online courses offered by universities.Photo via Collegedegrees360 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

An Overarching Strategy for Winning Deals

first_imgThe ideas aren’t new to me (or to you, if you have read my work for a long time), but the combination into an overall strategy is novel. There are three ideas that make up the heart of the strategy to create a competitive advantage (something I have been writing more about after launching Eat Their Lunch, a book about competitive displacements).Dominating Time: Your dream client is going to meet with a number of salespeople and sales organizations. The amount of time from client to client will vary, but the combined total of 100% is what is important here. What percentage of the time do you get versus your competitors? If you command more of their time, you give yourself a greater opportunity to create greater value, and you are also likely to engage more stakeholders. You want to dominate the clock, crowding out your competition.Dominating Presence: This concept builds on Dominating Time. Having a physical presence in a world that is increasingly transactional, automated, and based on clicks makes human presence more rare—and more valuable. We have now reached peak Taylorism in sales, with efficiency overtaking effectiveness, and sales roles being sliced so thinly that the value creation of each role has been made equally thin. When something isn’t as effective as it needs to be, that is not a gain in efficiency. Adding a physical presence while others work to avoid the expense increases the preference to work with you.Dominating the Narrative: This is one part mind share, one part insight, and one part content, or something along those lines anyway. If you are the one that can teach people why they need to change (how to better understand their world), teach them how to change (including the choices and trade-offs they are going to be faced with making), and inform how they need to pursue that change by controlling the process (see The Lost Art of Closing) you are likely to win their business. You want to own the narrative.I’ll add one more idea here worth thinking about this week. We sometimes mistake our experience for preparation. We believe because we have done something so many times and so often, that we are prepared. I would argue against this thinking and remind you that one of the ways we squander opportunities is by not preparing and planning our approach. If you want to be able to improvise and think well on your feet, there is nothing more important than preparing. 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

London Olympics: Manoj Kumar makes easy work of his opponent, moves to pre-quarters in 64kg boxing

first_imgIndian boxer Manoj Kumar reached the pre-quarterfinals in the 64kg class with a convincing victory over Serdar Hudayberdiyev of Turkmenistan at the London Olympics. The 25-year-old was in control throughout the bout as he registered an easy 13-7 win on Tuesday.The first round was a tight affair with both fighters being cautious. Manoj, especially looked circumspect as the round ended 2-2.In the second, though the Indian showed his class landing some hard blows on the Turkmenistan fighter. Manoj had his opponent on the backfoot for most of the round and was the clear winner with judges scoring 7-3 in his favour.With a four-point lead, going into the third, Manoj concentrated on his defence letting Hudayberdiyev do the attacking. The New Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medalist, though, was in no mood to give in and landed some brilliant one-two punches to all but seal his victory.With time running out, a visibly tired Hudayberdiyev went hell for leather, however it didn’t prove to be enough as he lost the round 2-4.The Indian will have his task cut out when he takes on number three seed Thomas Stalker on Saturday. The Briton received a bye in the round of 32 and with the crowd behind his back, he will be a tough nut to crack.last_img read more