The One Thing You Can Do to Triple Your Productivity

first_imgThe word “secret” suggests that there is knowledge available to others that is somehow unavailable to you. There are no secrets when it comes to productivity. Instead, there are principles and disciplines not widely taught or consistently followed. The principles are available to those who would choose to study them, and the disciplines are kept by those who are willing to change their behavior. If you want to triple your productivity, here’s one principle and discipline that will make an immediate difference: Plan your work.Eliminating TimeIf you want to improve your productivity, an excellent place to start is planning the work you are going to do and when you are going to do it. I routinely have hundreds of tasks and dozens of projects in my task manager. I spend a good part of Sunday reviewing them to determine what I am going to do during the week, blocking it on my calendar (Not really on my calendar, but on my task manager. I transfer my work to my physical planner to separate it from what I am intentionally ignoring). 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 If you start each day by reviewing the projects and potential tasks you might attempt to complete during that day, it might take you 30 to 45 minutes to decide what to do. That is time that might have been invested in some project, some task, or some critical outcome.When you don’t know what you need to do, you spend time reviewing all your tasks, identifying your priorities, and deciding what you need to do that day. Because you have not done the work to plan your week and your days, you will give up hours that could have been spent completing those tasks. If you know what you need to do each day, you can eliminate the time spent identifying what jobs you need to complete. You can get straight to work.When you don’t plan your work ahead of time, you live in reactive mode, doing what is now urgent and important because you didn’t do something when it was only important. A task becomes urgent when you postpone completing it and shorten your timeline.Planning your work eliminates the time it takes to start working. Not planning your work reduces the time you need to complete what is important because you are running from one deadline to the next. You get to choose which of these two ways you eliminate time.Eliminating DistractionsWhen you don’t know what you need to do and when you need to do it, you can easily fall prey to the infinite distractions vying for your time and attention.Email: If you are like most people, you will start your day by opening your email inbox to look for things you need to do. Opening the inbox first is putting other people’s priorities above your own and abdicating your responsibility to your real priorities (which are also something you do to benefit others, often with a more significant and more important commitment). There will never be a shortage of emails from your company, your peers, your clients, and people you don’t know who want your time, your attention, and your money.Social: The social channels provide another source of distractions. A quick catchup on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or any of the other popular platforms is a way to avoid having to decide what you need to do, and it also feels like a respite from doing what is essential. These channels have been optimized to steal your attention and keep you on the platform as long as possible. You will find none of your priorities on the social channels.Time Waits for No OneIf your inbox steals 30 minutes, and social steals 38 minutes, and it takes you 20 minutes to decide what to do, you will have given up roughly 90 minutes, or something close to twenty percent of your day. That is twenty percent that would easily be put to better use doing almost anything on your task list, but most certainly should have been used on your highest priority.If you waste ninety minutes a day, you will have given up 330 hours in the course of a year. The root cause of your complaints about not having enough time is not a lack of time, but rather the absence of priorities, poor habits, and a lack of planning to put your priorities first.If You Want Control and ResultsA sense of control starts and ends with self-control.When you have control of your projects and your tasks, you gain a sense of certainty, that you know where things are and when they are due. When you have control over the decisions you make, the plan you make provides a sense of control—even when you are surprised by urgencies and emergencies. It’s easier to adjust a plan to deal with surprises than it is to work without a plan at all, going from one thing to the next and getting yourself caught up in “the drift.”The best practice is to plan your week before it starts. By planning your work and blocking time on your calendar, you eliminate the time it takes to figure out what you need to do each day. It also eliminates the possibility of getting mired down in other people’s priorities and the limitless distractions available to you on the small screen. Instead of opening your inbox or your browser, you get straight to work on what’s important.When you start work, knowing how you are going to spend the first ninety minutes and on what priority will ensure that you get more done in a day than most. Planning three ninety-minute blocks per day (roughly half the day), will make you one of the most productive people you know. If you want to triple your output, start by planning your weeks and days.last_img read more

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Pankaj Advani-led India beat Pakistan to win Asian Snooker Championship

first_imgIndia’s leading cueist Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship on Wednesday.Advani drew first blood by putting on a sterling performance against Mohammad Bilal.After the Pakistani scored the first solitary point and benefited from a foul from Advani, the Indian bounced back to piece together a brilliant break of 83 to seal the first tie of the best-of-five final.India’s fate was going to be determined by Advani’s partner Rawat’s form and he did not disappoint.He rose to the occasion to head towards what was to be his first major international title with a clinical 73 break to win the frame without allowing his opponent, Babar Masih to score a single point.To complete a whitewash the Indian pair needed to maintain their superlative performance in the doubles tie.However, the Pakistani duo responded well to pressure of being 0-2 down, knowing they needed to win this crucial tie to stay alive in the final. But it was Rawat who saved the day for India by scoring a 50 break just when they had a deficit of a similar margin.But a critical miss on the pink before starting with the colours, brought Masih back to the table, gifting him a regulation clearance of yellow to black. Given the kind of pressure that was resting on his shoulders to rescue Pakistan from the brink of defeat, he fumbled on the green and gave Advani an unintended snook.But the Indian ace was in no mood of leaving the table without getting the job done. He played a classy swerve and managed to just sink the green in the pocket and saw himself in a spot of bother with the brown.advertisementA heroic attempt by Advani got him the pot and India were now just the blue and pink away from lifting the Asian title.He held his nerve and completed the task of clearing the frame and winning the final 3-0.India A comprised Malkeet Singh with Ashok Shandilya as coach.Advani remained the only player to not lose a single individual match in the team event. This title brings up Advani’s second Asian title this season and 8th overall (6 Billiards, 1 6-red and 1 Team Snooker) while it is a first for Rawat and Singh.last_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Marco Baroni named new coach of Frosinone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Marco Baroni named new coach of Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Baroni has been named new coach of Frosinone.Baroni replaces Moreno Longo after the latter’s sacking yesterday.The 55-year-old is best known for his stints in charge of Juventus Primavera and Benevento, the latter of whom he guided into Serie A for the first time in their history.He takes over a Frosinone side already five points adrift in 19th place after just one win all season. last_img read more

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CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd Releases New Top 25

first_imgDennis Dodd's poll.We are just two days away from Week 2 of the college football season getting underway. That leaves enough time for another Top 25.CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd puts out his own personal rankings each week. He dropped his new set yesterday.These are Dodd’s first rankings of the season. He last put a Top 25 out after spring ball.Here is what he has right now:AlabamaClemsonAuburnOklahomaOhio StateGeorgiaWisconsinNotre DameWest VirginiaStanfordLSUVirginia TechMichigan StateUCFTCUWashingtonUSCBoise StatePenn StateMississippi StateMiami (Fla.)Texas A&MOregonMichiganSouth CarolinaAs you can see, Dodd’s own rankings are a little different than the AP and Coaches polls. You can see his full Top 25 analysis here.You can also check out this week’s AP Poll and this week’s Coaches Poll.last_img read more

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Four Awesome Fall Haircuts to Consider

first_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor 1 of 4 Textured Fro With Labor Day, summer has unofficially turned to fall. Though the weather may not have turned yet, you may already be pulling out your denim jackets, sweaters, and work boots from storage. So, while you’re swapping out your summer wardrobe for cool-climate essentials, perhaps it’s a good time to rethink what’s happening on top of your head. Between sweltering temperatures foiling attempts at any semblance of a style, and plunging mercury forcing you to don a beanie, you have a short window of opportunity to show off a pretty sweet cut. We asked AXE Master Barber Pedro Rosario to recommend a quartet of fall haircuts to request the next time you’re at the barbershop.Effortless Side Part“This excellent skin fade with precision bending that never goes out of style,” says RosarioWhat to ask for:“Instead of the slick side part, you want the front bang to hang loosely on the side but not too long so ask for a high skin fade and tight trim on top.”Styling advice: Take a dime-sized amount of matte paste (Rosario recommends Axe Messy Look Paste, $6.99) and run your fingers to work it though hair, letting “the front fall naturally with it’s own weight.”Textured Fro“Afro styles are trending more natural, so it is curls on top and is tapered on the sides,” says Rosario.What to ask for: Trim the top so it’s short to medium length depending on your preference, and then an even fade on the sides.Styling advice: Rub a dime-size amount of softening cream (SheaMoisture for Men Three Butters Styling Smoothie, $8.99) between your palms, and then massage it into hair until it fades in. Finish it with a curling sponge to help shape curls.Textured BuzzcutThink of this as the cool weather version of a favorite summer style. “It’s choppy and textured on top but still finger length short, and tight on the sides not showing any skin,” says Rosario.What to ask for: Ask the barber for a longer buzz look with scissors on top and a longer clipper guard on the side so there’s no skin showing.Styling advice: Work a dab of texturizing paste or clay (V76 by Vaughn Texture Clay, $21) into hair with fingers until you have created a decent amount of texture.Mid-length Bedhead“Medium length hair is really popular, but this season’s style is less sculpted and more get-up-and-go,” says Rosario.What to ask for: “For a haircut that looks like you didn’t get a haircut (i.e. natural sideburns and neckline),” says Rosario. “If they don’t understand, politely leave.”Styling advice: Rub a fingertip amount of shine pomade (try Rudy’s Shine Pomade, $22) into hands, and then rake them through hair to achieve desired messiness level.Short Hair with ColorBertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images“Color is a big thing!” says Rosario. He sees soft highlights and extreme dye jobs (i.e. platinum and deep blonde) paired with short styles being popular this season.What to ask for: See a barber who does color so they can guide your through the process. And bring photos as reference so the professional can give you realistic expectationsStyling advice:Because colored hair tends to be drier, be sure to choose a hydrating styling cream (try Bumble & bumble Grooming Creme, $31). Brush or comb it through to perfect the style. Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Next Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Previous Mid-Length Bedhead Mid-Length Bedhead Short Colored Hair (Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images) Textured Buzzcut The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Typelast_img read more

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CMA CGM Enters Total NOL Takeover Mode

first_imgzoom French container carrier CMA CGM S.A. has reported that its all-cash voluntary unconditional general offer for Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL) closed on July 18, 2016, with CMA CGM now owning approximately 97.83% of NOL’s share capital.With the public float of NOL shares below the minimum threshold of 10%, the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) will suspend the trading of NOL shares and CMA CGM does not intend to take any steps for the suspension to be lifted.As announced on June 28, 2016, CMA CGM has crossed the compulsory acquisition ownership threshold in NOL and confirms that it intends to exercise its rights to compulsorily acquire all the NOL shares held by NOL shareholders who have not accepted the offer.CMA CGM will compulsorily acquire all remaining NOL shares at a price equal to the offer price of SGD 1.3 (USD 0.96) as soon as practicable. Payment for NOL shares that are compulsorily acquired will be made in cash within 7 business days after the completion of the compulsory acquisition exercise, which is expected to take at least one month from its commencement.Following the completion of the compulsory acquisition exercise, NOL will become a wholly owned subsidiary of CMA CGM. CMA CGM intends to delist NOL from the SGX-ST thereafter.last_img read more

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Federal Court of Appeal narrows release of Senatescandal documents

first_imgOTTAWA — The Federal Court of Appeal says the government does not have to release parts of a government memo about the Senate’s expense scandals in 2013 because it constituted legal advice for then prime minister Stephen Harper.In a ruling dated April 24, a three-judge panel says the document from the clerk of the Privy Council is subject to solicitor-client privilege even though the clerk at the time wasn’t a lawyer, because Privy Council lawyers helped write it.The court ruling says some emails, letters and details in the July 2013 package must be released, including the decision Harper made based on the advice he got.That’s less information than a lower-court judge said had to come out.The decision is the latest twist in a nearly four-year legal battle between the Prime Minister’s Office and the federal information commissioner stemming from an access-to-information request from The Canadian Press.The information commissioner’s office says it is still deciding whether to appeal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Joint UNAfrican mission investigating further clashes in North Darfur

According to a UNAMID patrol to Tabit village, 37 kilometres northwest of Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur state, exchanges of fire took place on Friday between government troops and forces of the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi (SLA/MM).The mission is looking into the incident, in which three people are believed to have been killed, UNAMID said in an update.Meanwhile, a joint humanitarian assessment mission to Shangil Tobaya, led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and in which UNAMID took part, reported today that although the situation has stabilized, further assistance is needed.There are now an estimated 30,000 people displaced in and around the area following recent clashes. At least 3,000 have gathered outside the UNAMID team site, which has since provided them with protection, water and limited medical assistance.Food distribution continues and, while some cases of malnutrition were confirmed, general health is reportedly stable and under control, said the mission.UNAMID’s team site clinic treated a daily average of 25-30 patients. A clinic, operated by an international aid group, recently resumed operations, which had been previously suspended due to insecurity.The findings of the assessment mission, which included members from a number of national and international relief agencies, will be carefully reviewed by national authorities, humanitarian agencies and UNAMID for a more efficient response.UNAMID has repeatedly urged both Government forces and rebel movements to ensure safe access for humanitarian groups to displaced persons in Shangil Tobaya, as well as Khor Abeche and Shaeria, where thousands have fled to the mission’s team sites after recent fighting.The mission has been working for the past three years to quell the violence in Darfur, where at least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others driven from their homes as a result of fighting. 10 January 2011The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said today it is investigating further clashes in an area where thousands of people have already been displaced by recent fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels. read more

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As bird flu spreads UN health agency says properly cooked poultry poses

“The main health risk currently is to people who are in close contact with infected poultry, such as families with backyard flocks and poultry workers in wet markets or live animal markets,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a news release.“Globally, the evidence demonstrates that there is no risk of infection when birds and eggs are well-cooked, as this kills the virus. Poultry products are important sources of protein throughout the world,” it added. Since December 2003 the H5N1 virus, which experts fear could mutate into a potentially devastating and lethal human pandemic, is known to have infected 186 people, of whom 105 have died. Not one of these cases has been linked to the consumption of properly cooked poultry or poultry products, LWHO noted.Heightened surveillance among domestic and wild birds, rapid detection of the virus, and swift implementation of control measures are important in supporting and maintaining consumer confidence in the safety of poultry products, it said.The great concern is that the virus could mutate into a type that spreads easily from person to person. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic that broke out in 1918 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide by the time it had run its course two years later.The new outbreaks since February have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. read more

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Senior UN envoy condemns assassination of Iraqi general

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq today condemned the assassination of the brother of the war-torn country’s Sunni Arab vice president as “particularly shocking” and called on the Iraqi authorities to “relentlessly pursue the perpetrators and bring them before the law.” According to news reports, Gen. Amir al-Hashimi, brother of Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi and an adviser to the Defence Ministry, was killed by gunmen who entered his home in Baghdad wearing military uniforms.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi warned that the continuation of this violence can only serve Iraq’s enemies and obstruct the path to peace and stability.“Mr. Qazi equally condemns all acts of political and sectarian violence that is tearing at the political and social fabric of Iraq,” the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement.He called on all the leaders of Iraq to “urgently address the implementation” of an agreement they reached a week ago to end the bloodshed. read more

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UN and Kenya team up to end AIDS epidemic by 2030

The new “Kenya HIV Situation Room” will collect data on logistics and service delivery to produce a comprehensive understanding of the scope of the epidemic, according to an announcement by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today.“High velocity data is critical for insights into a more effective and efficient response to HIV,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé.“President [Uhuru] Kenyatta’s leadership will help Africa accelerate progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he added, referring to the new global agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt next week in New York.The Situation Room, developed by the National AIDS Control Council and the Kenyan Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNAIDS, with support from the Government of Japan, brings together data from four separate sources: the Kenya Medical Supply Agency; Kenya’s HIV estimates; the District Health Information System; and data from the National AIDS Control Council on programme implementers and service delivery. Current data shows that there are approximately 800,000 people receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS in Kenya. New HIV infections in the country have fallen by 77 per cent from their peak in 1993, and AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 74 per cent from their peak in 2003, as access to antiretroviral treatment was scaled up.In 2014, around 57 per cent of adults living with HIV in Kenya had access to lifesaving medicines, while 67 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV had access to medicine to prevent transmission of the virus to their children. New HIV infections in children, as a result, have dropped by 70 per cent since their peak in 1994.President Kenyatta reported progress made in reaching adolescents with HIV services, and announced that Kenya would be launching a new campaign against stigma and discrimination.“Our Constitution guarantees every child a right to education, the highest available standard of health and protection from all forms of discrimination,” he stated. “We cannot change anyone’s HIV status but we can change our attitude. Let us stop stigma and let us stop it right now.” read more

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Library challenging students to use the stairs

There are 168 stairs in the James A. Gibson Library and staff are encouraging students to use them.Along with the health benefits, prizes are being offered during the #LibraryStairsChallenge running Jan. 11-Feb. 11.The contest is a fun way to promote using the library stairs rather than the busy, crowded and often overloaded elevators.“We are becoming victims of our own success. The Library is a very popular place to study and work,” said Interim University Librarian Jonathan Younker.“We really want to encourage people to take the stairs.”He said the sixth-floor small group study space is really popular and has increased elevator traffic.There are often lineups for the Library’s two elevators.As an incentive to walk a few flights, all stair climbers will be entered in weekly prize draws. A Fitbit – donated by the Campus Store – will be awarded to one grand prize winner on Feb. 12.QR Codes posted in the library stairwell will be used so students can track their progress, see the leaderboard and be entered into the weekly and grand prize draws, said Evelyn Smith, the Library’s marketing and communications co-ordinator.“If you choose the stairs, you might be rewarded,” she said.    Motivating chalk messages dot the walls in the stairwell, and run from the 2nd to 10th floors, to help keep students climbing rather than riding.The hashtag #LibraryStairsChallenge is being used for those participating in the contest. Visit the challenge website for background information, a recommended QR code scanner and tracking via the leaderboard.Find the library stairs by following Boomer’s paw prints which lead from the elevator waiting area to the stairwell door. read more

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Manchester attack hero stole purse from teenage victims grandmother while she lay

first_imgChris Parker A man hailed as a “homeless hero” after the Manchester Arena bombing stole the purse of a teenage victim’s grandmother while she lay stricken, a court has heard.Chris Parker, 33, is alleged to have taken Pauline Healey’s purse and its contents from her handbag while she was on the ground of the foyer.Mrs Healey’s granddaughter – 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski, from Leeds – was among the 22 people killed by Salman Abedi after an Ariana Grande concert in May.Parker is also accused of taking the mobile phone of another teenage girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.He entered formal not guilty pleas to the two charges when he appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.Prosecutors allege that Parker took a purse, containing bank cards, from Mrs Healey’s handbag as she lay on the ground.Ben Southam, prosecuting, said it was clear that the defendant provided “some limited assistance” to people injured at the entrance to the venue’s foyer, but it was the Crown’s case that he “equally” took the opportunity to commit the thefts. He told how he had wrapped an injured girl in a T-shirt and tending to a woman who passed away in his arms.More than £50,000 was raised for him on the GoFundMe website following reports of the help he had given.Minute by minute, how the attack unfolded Mrs Healey had attended the concert with Sorrell and Sorrell’s mother, Samantha.The grandmother later underwent 15 hours of surgery to remove shrapnel from her body and suffered multiple compound fractures to her arms and legs, while Sorrell’s mother was also seriously injured. Parker, who gave his address as Crumpsall, Manchester, was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on September 13.District Judge John Temperley said the case was too serious to be dealt with within his jurisdiction and must be heard in a crown court.As Parker was led from the dock after the short hearing, he said: “I have done nothing. Absolutely nothing.” Following the attack, Parker had described witnessing the blast and tending to the injured.Speaking at the time, he said: “It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away, my gut instinct was to run back and try and help. There was people lying on the floor everywhere.” Sorrell, who was a pupil at Allerton High School in Leeds, was hoping to be an architect and wanted to study at Columbia University in New York.On the day of her funeral, her family said: “Sorrell was only 14, but she was our rock, she kept us all grounded. She was such a clever, talented, creative girl, there was nothing she couldn’t do.”Abedi killed 22 people when he detonated a home-made bomb packed with metal nuts as shrapnel moments after the concert ended on May 22. Police have said they do not believe he was part of a larger terror network. Chris Parker, who was dubbed a ‘homeless hero’ after the Manchester attackCredit:MEN MEDIA Salman Abedi Salman Abedi detonated a home-made bomb packed with metal nuts after the Ariana Grande concertCredit:Facebook Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Labour too tolerant of antiSemitism new poll

first_imgFormer cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles, of Conservative Friends of Israel, said: “Modern anti-Semitism has been allowed to flourish in the left of British politics, unchallenged by the Labour leadership, this report is a wake-up call.”They cannot continue to be half-hearted in their approach, the time has come to root anti-Semitism out of British life.”A Labour spokesman said: “The Labour Party campaigns against anti-Semitism and condemns all anti-Semitic abuse.”That’s why Jeremy Corbyn set up the Chakrabarti Inquiry into anti-Semitism.”Its recommendations have already led to far-reaching changes to the practices of the Labour Party.”The party has also taken decisive disciplinary action over allegations of anti-Semitism and will continue to do so in the future.”Last week the Labour MP John Mann, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on anti-Semitism, called on Mr Corbyn to change his position on Venezuela, claiming the Government of Nicolas Maduro were failing to prevent attacks on Jewish groups. Ken Livingstone was suspended but not expelled following comments about HitlerCredit:Eddie Mulholland There has been a record-number of anti-Semitic hate incidentsCredit:Oli Scarff/Getty Ken Livingstone Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sizeable minorities thought the police – 41 per cent – and the courts – 47 per cent – could do more, while only 39 per cent of British Jews felt confident that anti-Semitic hate crime would be prosecuted.CAA chairman Gideon Falter said: “Our research clearly shows that British Jews have pointed their fingers at the Crown Prosecution Service and the Labour Party.”If British society can fight anti-Semitism, why are our world-renowned criminal justice system and some of our famous political parties still doing too little?”There is not a moment to lose. Without urgent change, British Jews may start to leave, as has happened elsewhere in Europe.”The poll comes after the Community Security Trust, which monitors anti-Semitism in Britain, reported a record number – 767 – of anti-Semitic hate incidents in the UK in the first six months of 2017.Despite this, the CAA/YouGov survey suggests anti-Semitism, measured by how many respondents agreed with seven anti-Semitic statements, has been in decline over the past three years, dropping to 36 per cent in 2017center_img The vast majority of British Jews believe the Labour Party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism, the results of a new poll suggest.Eighty-three per cent of those taking part in a survey said they thought racist sentiment was not sufficiently challenged among Labour MPs, members and supporters, compared to 19 per cent about the Conservatives.The YouGov survey also suggests one in three jews in the UK has considered emigrating due to pervading anti-Semitic feeling. The poll for the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) follows mounting criticism of Jeremy Corbyn’s efforts to combat anti-Jewish sentiment within Labour.The party has been criticised for failing to expel Ken Livingstone, one of Mr Corbyn’s most prominent allies, after he appeared to suggest Hitler was a supporter of Zionism.The independence of an inquiry into anti-Semitism in the party was also questioned after its chair, Shami Chakrabarti, was subsequently made a Labour peer.Last night the CAA said there had been a “failure to excise anti-Semites” from British politics.The survey of 2,025 British Jews, conducted in July and August, found that 36 per cent felt anti-Semitism was tolerated in the Liberal Democrats.Sixty-five said they believed Government does not do enough to protect Jews in the UK, while 52 per cent think the Crown Prosecution Service Could do more. Why are our world-renowned criminal justice system and some of our famous political parties still doing too little?Gideon Falter, CAA Chairman Traditionally dressed Jews in UKlast_img read more

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This is Armageddon Thousands flee Balkans floods in Bosnias worst exodus since

first_img A military amphibious vehicle drives through street where flood waters are retreating in Obrenovac Source: AP Photo/Darko VojinovicBosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija said more than a quarter of the country’s population of 3.8 million “has been affected by the floods” after the heaviest rainfalls on record began last week.“Right now, more than one million people have no water,” he said.In Serbia, some 600,000 of its 7.2 million inhabitants were affected by “severe floods following the heaviest rains the Balkans have witnessed in 120 years,” the UN’s World Food Programme said in a statement.“This is Armageddon, I can’t describe it otherwise,” Nedeljko Brankovic told AFP from Krupanj, a town in the southwestern Serbia. “Houses are literally washed away and landslides are everywhere.”The death toll from the floods rose to 47 Monday after two new victims were found overnight in a village near the western Serbian town of Sabac.Neighbouring Croatia has also evacuated thousands of people from along the river Sava.Rescuers told of wrenching scenes as they finally reached cut-off villages, with dozens of people huddling on top of the tallest houses with no water or food. A Bosnian man rescues a dog, as he searches for people and animals after flooding in the village of Vojskova near the Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac Source: AP Photo/Amel Emric“It was like a tsunami,” said Suad Garanovic, resident of the Bosnian village of Topcic Polje, as he looked over his house, now drowned in mud.“This is the second time I’ve fled my house. The first time was during the war. Now, just like then, I’ve lost everything,” said Nihad Smajlovic in a nearby hamlet.Svetlana Obojcic described her rescue along with neighbours from the top floor of her building in the Serbian town of Obrenovac.“All 30 of us were in one flat for three days without electricity,” said the mother-of-two, hugging her six-year old twins in a temporary shelter in the Belgrade suburb of Sumice.“We ate what we had, we did not have enough water, but at least we are dry now,” she said.More than half of Obrenovac’s population of 20,000 had already been evacuated by Friday and Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Monday ordered the rest be brought to safety.Health authorities have ordered inhabitants not to return to their homes until they would be cleared from the debris and safe from diseases. Heavy machinery is used to clean streets in the village of Topcic Polje, that was damaged by a landslide, near the Bosnian town of Zenica Source: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic“We have to react properly to avoid an even worse catastrophe, to avoid infectuous diseases,” Serbian Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar told state TV RTS.Emergency teams were desperately trying to strengthen defences at the nearby Nikola Tesla power plant, which produces around half of Serbia’s electricity and is currently only protected by temporary dikes built by thousands of volunteers along the swollen Sava River.“I am devastated. I have left everything, my cattle, my pigs, my chickens. Thank God my wife, children and grandchildren are safe,” said 78-year old pensioner Veselin Rankovic from Zabrezje, a nearby village.In a potentially deadly side-effect, officials in Bosnia warned on Monday that some 120,000 unexploded mines left over from the Balkan war of the 1990s could be dislodged and moved.“Water and landslides have possibly moved some mines and taken away mine warning signs,” Sasa Obradovic, an official of Bosnia’s Mine Action Centre told AFP.He warned residents to be “extremely cautious when they start cleaning their houses, land or gardens as the remaining mud could hide mines and other explosive devices brought by rivers.”© – AFP 2014Read: More flooding expected in the Balkans as rivers reach new peaks > A flooded area in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers southwest of Belgrade, Serbia. Source: AP PhotoBOSNIA IS WITNESSING “the biggest exodus” since the 1990s war, authorities have said, after the worst floods in a century inundated huge swathes of the Balkans, killing at least 47 peoplesMuddy waters from the Sava River have submerged houses, churches, mosques and roads in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia after record rainfall last week wreaked havoc across the region.There were fears that dead bodies and animal carcasses could lead to disease outbreaks, while officials warned that 120,000 unexploded mines from the conflicts of the 1990s could be dislodged.“More than 100,000 people” have been evacuated in Bosnia alone, said Stanko Sliskovic of Bosnia’s emergency services, with tens of thousands more displaced in neighbouring countries.“This is the biggest exodus since the end of the 1992-1995 war,” he told AFP.Dozens of towns and villages have been cut off and over 2,000 landslides already reported, with water levels expected to continue rising in the coming days.In Kosova, a hamlet between the northwestern Bosnian towns of Doboj and Maglaj which was badly hit by flooding, people’s homes were almost visibly moving as the loose terrain shifted.Around 20 homes “have slid down 30 metres (yards) since yesterday. They will not exist tomorrow,” a rescue worker said.last_img read more

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Boeing Unveils the 7478I Now the Worlds Largest Commercial Airliner

first_imgIf you thought the Airbus A380 was huge, you were right up until yesterday, when Boeing unveiled the brand new 747-8 Intercontinental, a near-supersonic massive commercial airliner that can fly at speeds of up to Mach 0.98, or 7 knots shy of breaking the sound barrier. Boeing has had the 747-8 in tests for months (with a freighter version of the aircraft already logged 1700 hours of flight time,) and in design for years, with the project running in parallel to the 787 Dreamliner project, both of which represent the next generation of Boeing’s airline fleet. The 747-8 is a wide-body airliner that, when completed, will be able to carry close to 500 passengers on-board There are already two airlines with orders in for the 747-8, including Lufthansa and Korean Air.[via Wired]AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Costa Concordia la pollution atteint lîle de Giglio

first_imgCosta Concordia : la pollution atteint l’île de GiglioL’île de Giglio en Italie est victime d’un début de pollution provoquée par les déchets déversés par l’épave du Costa Concordia qui s’est échouée le 13 janvier dernier.Ce que redoutait les autorités locales arrive peu à peu : la pollution atteint la petite île italienne de Giglio. Depuis que le Costa Concordia s’est échoué le 13 janvier, les déchets qui s’en échappent suscitent en effet une grande inquiétude mais les équipes se sont jusqu’ici concentrées sur la recherche des disparus. L’agence de protection de l’environnement de Toscane vient ainsi d’annoncer qu’elle avait détecté une concentration de 2 à 3 milligrammes par litre de tensioactifs (substance présente dans les détergents) dans l’eau de mer. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette zone normalement paradis marin se retrouve avec un niveau de tensioactifs similaire à celui de ports industriels comme Marghera près de Venise. “La situation est encore gérable, mais périlleuse pour une zone qui vit du tourisme et de la pêche”, a indiqué le porte-parole de la branche italienne du Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF), Gaetano Benedetto cité par Le Monde. S’il souligne qu’il ne s’agit que d’une “pollution concentrée et ponctuelle”, M. Benedetto est particulièrement préoccupé par le devenir des polluants qui empoisonnent l’épave : “Liquides de batteries, substances ignifuges très polluantes, solvants, huiles… On ne dispose d’aucune évaluation précise. Quel est le temps nécessaire pour dégager l’épave ?”, s’interroge t-il.De son côté, le PDG de Costa, Pier Luigi Foschi, a qualifié d'”entreprise cyclopéenne” le retrait de l’épave. D’autant plus que l’opération de pompage des réservoirs pleins du navire n’a toujours pas débuté. Angelo Gentili membre de Legambiente, l’une des principales associations italiennes de défense de l’environnement, a expliqué : “en se déversant dans la mer, ces 2 380 tonnes de carburant dense et visqueux pourraient avoir un impact non seulement à Giglio mais dans tout l’archipel toscan et sur toute la côte”.Le 26 janvier 2012 à 19:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ATTs answer to poor coverage at large events is Flying COWs

first_imgAnyplace large numbers of people gather, mobile service is sure to deteriorate. Carriers design their networks with a normal distribution of people in mind. If tens of thousands of smartphones congregate in one area, the congestion can grind everything to a halt. Temporary cell towers have been used at large events in the past, but AT&T thinks it has a better idea — drones with tiny cell towers attached.AT&T says it is experimenting with using drones at crowded venues like concerts and sporting events to supplement its LTE coverage. It calls these devices Flying COWs where “COW” stands for “Cell on Wings.” Presumably they could not come up with an acronym that spelled “PIG,” which would have been much funnier.A DJI drone, like the ones AT&T uses for cell tower inspection.The Flying COWs would not be entirely mobile. They would be tethered to the ground to ensure they don’t veer off course. This also provides a way to connect the drones to a wired data network to power its wireless signal. Being up in the air allows for better coverage of a crowded area, and it’s much faster than setting up a temporary cell tower. In addition to improving service at the next baseball game, AT&T envisions Flying COWs taking off in the event of a natural disaster when standard cellular infrastructure could be damaged.The FAA recently started issuing licenses for commercial drone operation. AT&T already uses drones to inspect cell towers. Like those drones, Flying COWs would need to remain in visual range of the human operator to be legal under the FAA’s current rules. AT&T is still in the early phases of this plan, but dont’ be surprised if you see a hovering drone at the local stadium soon.last_img read more

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Men sought in theft of guitar mandolin from BG store

first_imgEmployees of the Music World store in Battle Ground are hoping someone will recognize two people who allegedly stole a guitar and mandolin from the store on April 14.When an employee arrived alone at work shortly before 10 a.m., he saw the two waiting for the shop to open and let them in, said Joel Griffith, assistant manager and director of Internet services of the store at 502 E. Main St.The older of the two men allegedly engaged store manager Patrick Dillaman in conversation in an area of the store where Dillaman couldn’t see what the younger man was doing, Griffith said.Not noticing the store’s security camera nearby, the young man allegedly opened his jacket and stuffed a small Washburn Rover guitar worth about $200, neck first, down his pant leg. He then walked out while seeming to chat on his cell phone.The young man then returned, did the same with a Washburn mandolin worth about $900,and walked out again, Griffith said.He also stole a set of instructions for using a guitar pedal, Griffith said.“Neither of us recognized them from before,” Griffith said.Those with information are asked to call the Battle Ground Police Department at 360-342-5100.Both alleged thieves were white, the younger in his late teens, tall with curly brown hair; the other balding, in his mid-50s and heavyset.The video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4UsQP8qLYw.last_img read more

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Southern Artist Debuts Latest Album at DCs The Howard Theater

first_imgPerforming artist, Lizz Wright (Courtesy Photo)A second opportunity to debut her latest record Freedom and Surrender at The Howard Theatre has one songstress elated. Lizz Wright is scheduled to perform  on Sept. 11.“I played at The Howard Theater as a part of a dinner to honor Bill Cosby some years ago and I loved it so much that I [told] my agent that I have to come back to this place,” she told the AFRO on Sept. 4. “I’m really excited to be coming back and I really appreciate the audience in D.C.—they’ve been very supportive for a long time.”Fans of Wright appreciate her smooth alto voice over variations of gospel, jazz, pop and folk undertones.“I did some cover songs that I enjoy a lot on this record, but it’s mostly originals because that’s just where I was in my relationship with the music and with the people. I always let those two things drive me and inspire me the most because that’s all we really have—our love for the art and our love for sharing it,” she said.Being forthright about the intricacies of love is what she enjoys most in this album’s storytelling. In her delivery, she connects with not only music, but a visual language. “This album inspired me to sing with a lot of the colors of my voice,” she said. “It wasn’t just about being strong and deep, but it was about enjoying vulnerability as well and singing a little higher in my register in some places because I felt like that was the right color.”From singing in a church choir in a small Georgian town to studying music at Georgia State University in Atlanta and The New School in New York, Wright has topped the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz chart numerous times. She released her fourth and most recent album, Fellowship, in 2010.“I think I’m made to do this,” she said. “For some reason, I feel like I’m breathing in a deeper way and I’m able to be more present in my life experience when I’m doing this.”last_img read more

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