A Lesson in `Bee’ing Sweet

first_imgKathy Burkholder, a former zookeeper at the Insect Zoo of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, showed off her collection of buzzing honeybees and taught about how they use nectar to make honey. Dipping apples in honey is tradition that is done on the first day of the Jewish calendar and is said to ensure a sweet new year. For Les Gamson, 12, what would make his year extra sweet is if he passes all his classes. “I’m in seventh grade, but I’m taking eighth-grade math, and for me to have a sweet year would be to get good grades, especially in algebra, because math hurts my brain,” he said. The Jewish holiday ends Friday at nightfall. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER To celebrate the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana that begins today at sundown, children at the Chabad of South Bay dipped apples in honey this week and got a lesson about bees. “Honey is one of the themes of the new year ? and our programs are produced to give kids a hands-on way to participate in the holiday,” said Rabbi Sholom Pinson of the Chabad of South Bay. megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: URRIS CLUB NOTES

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9.00pm In St Mary’s Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Club Iorras For November 2012- €50 Neil & Carmel McLaughlin Isle Of Dough, €30 Paul Friel Boston/Dunaff, €20 Michael Farren Letterkenny.If you are interested in joining Club Iorras or would like more information about it then contact John Friel and he will give you all the details you need. Match & Win for 29/11/2012 No’s Drawn 7,10,16,24 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €700, €15 Consolation Winners Were John King Clonmany, Sadie Porter Gaddyduff Clonmany, Gillespie Family (k) The Parish, Mary Doherty Riverside Park Clonmany, Ann Devlin Annagh.DUCKS ON SALE ON SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER ALL DAY IN CENTRA CLONMANY AT €5 EACH. Duck Race – The Clubs Annual Duck Race Is On St Stephens Day On Binion River At 1pm. The ducks will be launched off the walk over bridge at Binnion River and the race will run towards the mouth of the sea. There are prizes for the first 3 ducks to finish of €150,€100 and €50. Contact Alan 0879029672 or Adrian 0879810304 to get your duck cost is €5.00.SENIOR DINNER DANCE In The Ballyliffen Hotel On Friday 11th January 2013 Music By The Glenshane Country Band Tickets €25,AVAILABLE FROM ALL CLUB MEMBERS, tickets would make a good Christmas Gift too.Inishowen Minor Final: Urris 1 – 10 Malin 1 – 07.The Urris Minor boys claimed the Inishowen Minor title for the second consecutive year with a well deserved win over their counterparts from Malin. The 3 point winning margin didn’t reflect the dominance the Urris lads showed for most of the hour with only the poor finishing of the Straid boys for much of the match keeping Malin within touching distance. A late goal gave Malin the briefest glimmers of hope but the Urris lads did enough to get themselves over the line and once again claim the Inishowen crown.Despite the somewhat shambolic display of shooting the Urris lads always had enough in hand dominating in all areas of the field for much of the match. This is the second trophy in a week for many of the lads who were also part of the Reserve league winning team that won the league in Glen last weekend.Well done to all the boys, their mentors and to everyone who made the trip to Moville to cheer them on.Reserve League Winners: Congratulations to everyone involved with the Reserve panel who claimed the Division 3 Reserve league last weekend with a convincing win over Naomh Columba. The two teams finished level on points but the better head to head record gave the Straid lads the league title to cap off what has been an excellent year for all concerned.A special vote of thanks must go to all the lads who played not only the Reserve game but also donned the shirts once more for the Senior game – no less than 8 of the Reserve team were willing to do this for the Club and that is something that shouldn’t go unrecognised and acknowledged. For the first time in quite a few years we have fielded a Reserve team in every fixture which is a remarkable achievement given the amount of lads who have moved to pastures greener in 2012.So once again well done to all the lads who took part in the Reserve team this year, the team mentors and anyone who helped out with the team in anyway.A.G.M – This year’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, December 9th in the Day Centre, Cleagh. The AGM will get underway at 6.00pm and all club members are urged to do their best to attend on the night. Anyone who wishes to have motions considered on the night must have them with David Hession on or before Saturday, November 24th. 2013 will be a very important year for the club and having a strong committee in place is essential in seeing the club prosper over the coming 12 months.Club Merchandise – Another Christmas Gift Idea from club hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Alan Friel 0879029672.Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA NEWS: URRIS CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Urris GAA club noteslast_img read more

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Ref ‘bottled it’ by ruling out Welbeck goal, Harry Kane says

first_imgEngland’s stoppage-time equaliser in their Nations League clash against Spain was not awarded because the referee ‘bottled it’, according to Harry Kane.Back in action for the first time since equalling their best-ever World Cup performance on foreign soil, the Three Lions got off to a superb start as Marcus Rashford swept home Luke Shaw’s exceptional pass.But Saul Niguez and Rodrigo turned the match on its head as Spain ran out 2-1 victors on a night when Shaw’s nasty-looking injury early in the second half took the sting out proceedings. Kane blasted the referee over his decision to rule out Welbeck’s goal ‘WEAPON’ Euro 2020 play-offs: How it works, fixtures dates and countries involved 2 showdown England rallied late on – perhaps buoyed by positive news from the dressing room about the left-back’s condition – and looked to have snatched a draw through substitute Danny Welbeck.But referee Danny Makkelie infuriated the hosts by ruling that the forward had fouled David De Gea when collecting a high ball, leading to sharp words from captain Kane.Asked if the goal should have stood, the England striker told Sky Sports Football: “Yeah, 100 per cent.“In those big environments you need the ref to stay strong and unfortunately he’s bottled it.“Danny Welbeck just stood there, the keeper went to catch it, he’s put it away – I don’t know how it’s a foul.“You need a firm ref who under the pressure doesn’t give wrong decisions.“Disappointing to finish that way, I thought we played well – especially second half – and deserved a draw at least.“It was a good game, it was a real test against a team that keep the ball really well. We probably created the better chances throughout the game.”Southgate echoed his captain’s frustration but did not allow the official’s mistake to mask some of England’s shortcomings.“I think the two defenders tried to block Danny out of it,” he said. “De Gea came over the top and just dropped it.“I think it’s clear for everybody to see that it should have been a goal. know your limits “But over the 90 minutes we have to accept that Spain were better than us for long periods of the game.“We know the quality they possess. Their retention of the ball was top class.“We were a little bit disjointed in some of our pressing, particularly in the first half.“But even when you press well against them, they have some wonderful players that can wriggle out of problems and play first time out of situations.“At the moment, we’re not able to do that when teams are pressing us high. explained Guedes strikes as Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to win inaugural Nations League Go for glory Portugal vs Netherlands: Exclusive coverage of Nations League final in Porto Cascarino to Stones: You’re not Bobby Moore, so don’t try to play like him Portugal 1 Netherlands 0 updates: Guedes fires hosts to Nations League glory LISTEN NOW Rodrigo netted Spain’s winning goal 2 Carragher slams ‘stupid’ Stones and defends Southgate’s philosophy my choice Southgate defends Stones after error, says England will not change playing style Switzerland vs England: Exclusive coverage of Nations League play-off match CHAMPIONS TUNEFUL not like that Netherlands fans mock England with chant sang in perfect English during win Latest Nations League news Ex-Liverpool star says Alexander-Arnold should play in midfield for England “As the game wore on, we started to work that our and I thought Eric (Dier) provided some stability for us, and him and John (Stones) being able to rotate positions allowed us to play through midfield better.“I’m very proud of the way the players finished the game because it was a night when you know you are playing against a top team.“I’ve seen teams fold in that sort of situation, but we finished really strongly, created a couple of very good chances, have probably had as many shots on target as they have.“So, given where we’re at and we need those experiences to improve and I couldn’t ask any more of the players.”last_img read more

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ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE CUP: SWILLY OVERCOME DRUMKEEN IN CLOSE AFFAIR

first_imgSwilly Rovers 2 – Drumkeen Utd 1Victory for the Ramelton men in a pulsating encounter at Swilly Park.On 4 mins Ryan Shields released Calvin Mooney whose lobbed effort was just over the bar. 2 mins later Swilly were ahead when Gareth Colhoun’s through ball found Darren Mc Geever who crossed for Calvin Mooney to produce a clinical finish from 6 yards.On 36 mins Swilly should have have further ahead when Mc Geever & Mooney combined again as Mc Cauley produced a brilliant save to deny Mooney, & Micheal McHugh’s goalbound effort hit the crossbar and bounced to safety leaving it 1-0 to Swilly at the break.Drumkeen who were always dangerous on the break were level when Philip White released Ronan Coyle, & the former Finn Harps man finished well from 8 yards.Swilly were back in front after 61 mins when Laurence Tolands powerfully delivered corner was headed home in some style by the inrushing Dylan Hegarty. Richie Moore of Drumkeen & Calvin Mooney of Swilly both had good chances in the final 10 mins but both efforts were narrowly wide. Dunccan Patterson hit the post for Swilly in the dying seconds after a great run.The home fans went home happy after an enthralling encounter.Swilly Rovers:Gareth Wade, Martin Mc Daid, Gareth Colhoun, Martin Boyce, Ryan Shields, Calvin Mooney, David Fisher, Dylan Hegarty, Michael Mc Hugh, Laurence Toland, Darren Mc Geever. Subs used: Duncan Patterson, Jordan Toland, Kyle Black, Subs unused: Darren Dunworth, Liam O’Donnell.Drumkeen Utd: Paul Mc Cauley, Michael Carroll, Benny Bonner, Brian Lafferty, Eunan Kelly, Philip White, Brian Mc Groary, Christopher Mc Bride, Conor Carlin, Ronan Coyle. Subs used: Richie Moore, Peter Mc Namee, Raymond Sweeney.Match Referee: Packie Coll. ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE CUP: SWILLY OVERCOME DRUMKEEN IN CLOSE AFFAIR was last modified: June 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDrumkeen Utdswilly roversUlster senior league cuplast_img read more

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PAT KENNY: I WON’T APOLOGISE TO DONEGAL, I HAVE NOTHING TO APOLOGISE FOR

first_imgNEWSTALK’S Pat Kenny says he has nothing to apologise for after comments he made about people from Donegal.He was involved in an on-air argument with Pearse Doherty last month after the Donegal TD said the county hadn’t benefitted during the boom.Kenny suggested there was full employment and there were jobs available for everyone if they were prepared to travel. Local politicians reacted angrily to the suggestion that people should have to travel to get work.“I have nothing to apologise for. I was just stating the fact that many, many people from Donegal did travel to work during the boom,” the radio presenter told The Herald today.“In other countries people will travel huge distances to find work. In America people will travel a thousand miles to get work.“I think Pearse Doherty just got the wrong end of the stick and got into a bit of a muddle on this. “There was no suggestion whatsoever that people in Donegal were lazy. There were plenty of jobs back then and people did travel from all over Ireland to Dublin and many of them were from Donegal.”Donegal County Council passed a motion this week asking Kenny to apologise.Deputy Doherty insisted however: “Pat Kenny fails to understand Donegal didn’t benefit from the boom. He did offend many with his comments. It was a typical Dublin 4 attitude to rural Ireland that people should travel for work.“There are thousands of families who have had to move to get work during both the so-called Celtic Tiger and during the recession.“My argument was that there was no investment in rural Ireland.” Councillor Gerry McMonagle, seconding the motion, said that “hurt” had been caused by Mr Kenny’s “silly remarks”.PAT KENNY: I WON’T APOLOGISE TO DONEGAL, I HAVE NOTHING TO APOLOGISE FOR was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Celtic TigerCommentsdonegallazyPat KennyPearse DohertySinn FeinTDlast_img read more

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DDTV: WATCH POST-MATCH REACTION AS BURT WIN FIFTH DONEGAL SFC TITLE IN-A-ROW

first_imgDDTV: Watch the match highlights and post-match reaction from Burt captain Ciaran Dowds and management following their hard fought win over Mac Cumhaills in the Donegal SHC final.The victory ensured Burt won a historic FIFTH title in-a-row and reiterated their dominance within Donegal. Two first-half goals from Ronan McDermott and Gavin McGrath ultimately done the damage, but Mac Cumhaills produced a stunning second-half performance and launched a great comeback.They got back to within a point, but the experience and composure of Burt was vital and they used all their nous to see out the win.DonegalTV were there to catch all the action and get all the reaction.To watch the video simply click play on the video above and enjoy. DDTV: WATCH POST-MATCH REACTION AS BURT WIN FIFTH DONEGAL SFC TITLE IN-A-ROW was last modified: September 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAHome-page SportHURLINGnewslast_img read more

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Nigeria invites South Africa to do business

first_imgThe upmarket Protea Hotel Asokoro in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, is one of 10 properties that the hotel group operates in the country.(Image: Protea Hotels) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, left, with tourism director-general Kingsley Makhubela. The Financial Times and Brand South Africa provided the Nigerian High Commission with a platform for dialogue on trade and investment.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nigerian High Commission in South Africa  +27 12 342-0805 or +27 12 342-0663  or +27 12 342-0934 RELATED ARTICLES • Shaping Africa’s transformation • Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief • Nigerian for World Bank top spot? • Call to action for a green economy Janine ErasmusAs two of the strongest economies in Africa, co-operation between South Africa and Nigeria is pivotal to the growth of the continent – this is the message that came out of a dialogue co-hosted by the Financial Times (FT) and the Nigerian High Commission and supported by Brand South Africa.There was keen interest in the high-level event, and guests included the Nigerian High Commissioner Sunday Samuel Yusuf; director-general of South Africa’s tourism ministry Kingsley Makhubela; South Africa’s minister of arts and culture Paul Mashatile; Charlotte “Chichi” Maponya, chairperson of Brand South Africa; and Lindiwe Maseko, speaker of the Gauteng legislature.The purpose of the gathering was to discuss current and future trade and investment relations between the two countries, and to identify areas of opportunity for South African companies in Nigeria.Guests stood for a moment in respectful silence to honour victims of the recent heavy floods which have killed 363 Nigerians and displaced over two-million, before proceeding with the evening’s agenda.“South African companies first moved into Nigeria about 12 years ago,” said Nigerian Consul-General Okey Emuchay, “and they have thrived.”He named food manufacturer Tiger Brands, the Protea hospitality group, mobile provider MTN and retailer Shoprite as a few of those who have prospered.But there are many more opportunities available today, in four main markets – agriculture, oil and gas, infrastructure and power, and solid minerals or mining.The country is looking for creative ways to build its economy, said Emuchay, and South African companies should explore opportunities in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, especially.“Tonight is the beginning of a mutually beneficial co-operation for South African companies and their Nigerian counterparts,” said Emuchay. “The Financial Times and Brand South Africa have given us this platform to start thinking afresh, and I envision this as becoming an annual event.”Growth hotspot“At a time when many developed countries are being downgraded,” said keynote speaker Olusegun Aganga, the Nigerian minister of trade and investment, “our country is being upgraded. We are seeing generally low growth and returns in the developed world, but the opposite tends to be true in developing nations. There has been a shift in the global economy.”Africa’s time has come, he said, and South Africa and Nigeria must work together to help the continent seize the moment.As one of the world’s fast-growing economies, Nigeria is an investor’s dream, with policies such as 100% repatriation of profits, 100% foreign ownership in all ventures except for oil and gas, and a liberal visa regime all designed to make it as easy as possible to do business.Aganga encouraged all African countries to look closer to home for trade and growth. “For more than 50 years Africa has exported its minerals and other precious resources to the developed world – those days should be over.”But there is more to be done – the continent must develop its industries. “Africa contributes just 3% to global trade, and 1% to manufacturing value-added services,” he said. “We are not industrialised, but we should be. Aid won’t get us very far in the global arena.”He described the financial crisis that has gripped many developed countries, including the Eurozone, as a “window of opportunity” for Africa.Areas of opportunityThere are four important factors that investors consider – money, technical knowledge, a market, and raw materials. Capital and technology can be taken anywhere in the world, but raw materials and a market are immovable – and Nigeria has these two in abundance, said Aganga.“We have a vibrant population of 167-million people and estimates show that by 2070 we will be the third largest nation in the world, after China and India. The average age at the moment is 18.6 years, and there is a fast-growing middle class.”The country has sought-after minerals in commercially viable quantities, is the seventh largest crude oil producer in the world and is in the top 10 in terms of gas reserves.All these factors serve to make Nigeria a country that South African companies should buy into before the rest of the world knocks on the door, said Aganga.He named several specific areas of potential – they include agriculture and food processing, such as maize production and the processing of sugar cane to sugar.“Nigeria produces just 2% of all the sugar it consumes,” he said, “but South Africa is a renowned grower of sugar cane.”The textiles industry is another potentially lucrative area, with opportunities existing in the processing of leather to leather products, and cotton to fashionable designs. Such operations would boost job creation too.Mining and associated services such as the processing of iron ore into iron and steel, and bauxite into aluminium, hold good prospects, as does petrochemicals and its related industries of plastics, textiles and chemicals.“Nigeria has the potential to become the continent’s petrochemical hub,” Aganga said.South Africa is internationally known for its motor industry, which produces goods in vast quantities for domestic and international consumption, and Nigeria aspires to an equally healthy motor industry, said Aganga.Another area where South Africa leads is in its services sector, and Aganga lauded the country for its progress in this area, saying that Nigeria can learn from its southern counterpart.And as for the all-important question of whether such initiatives would succeed – “Just ask MTN,” said Aganga. “Ask Protea, ask Shoprite.”To make it even easier for South African businesses to set up shop in Nigeria, the visa process for businesspeople has been streamlined, and a company can be registered in 24 hours, said Aganga.“We extend the hand of friendship to South Africa – together let us transform our continent.”To finish off the evening, there was a panel discussion moderated by FT Southern Africa bureau chief Andrew England, and featuring Brand South Africa’s research manager Petrus de Kock, as well as Nigerian businessmen.“All 54 African countries together are a force to be reckoned with,” said Chichi Maponya, introducing the panel, “and we should be setting our own agenda.”Maponya felt that the two countries’ futures are “inextricably entwined”.The panel discussed the perceptions people from each country have about the other side, agreeing that South Africans should not be suspicious of Nigerians, and vice versa. Intra-African trade stands at 10% at the moment, they said – but getting it to even 20% within a reasonable amount of time will have a huge impact on continental growth.The panel also advised local businesses to stake their claim in the West African country before the rest of the world takes an interest, and expressed their commitment to doing business in a corruption-free-manner, to the applause of the audience.last_img read more

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Oh, The Irony: Judge Koh Calls For Apple/Samsung Patent Peace

first_imgThe judge that presided over the Trial Of The Century patent dispute between Apple and Samsung is now calling for global patent peace between the two companies.There is more than a touch of irony in this request.Judge Lucy Koh was the judge that played referee between Apple and Samsung earlier this year, an epic court battle won by Apple with a jury verdict forcing Samsung to pay its biggest rival $1.05 billion for copying Apple’s design and patents in a variety of its smarpthones and tablets. Like any giant court case, though, the end is never really the end. In many ways, the jury verdict was just the beginning.Samsung has asked Koh for a retrial based on alleged misconduct by jury foreman Velvin Hogan, as well as to reduce the overall payment Samsung owes Apple by analyzing the jury’s award line by line. For instance, Samung now owes Apple $58 million for the “tap-and-zoom” infringement on Samsung’s Prevail smartphone. Koh said she might reduce that to $8 million, according to The Associated Press.Visualize Whirled PeasBut forget all that. According to the AP’s report, Koh told lawyers from the two companies, “I think it is time for global peace.”This is not the first time that Koh has called for detente between Apple and Samsung. Right before the jury went to deliberation in August, Koh urged the top executives from Samsung to come to a settlement. No settlement was reached and the jury ultimately awarded Apple $1.05 billion.The irony is that the case has made Koh a highly recognized name in the U.S. courts for her stewardship over Apple patent cases brought in California. She has been involved in 19 Apple-related patent disputes since being raised to the level of District Court judge in 2010. That includes injunctions against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which she later dissolved after the case went to the Federal Court of Appeals) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (also reversed).Koh may have be calling for peace, but she is also one of the biggest perpetuators of the farce that is the patent system in the courts.What Would Posner Do?Koh would do well to look at the example of Richard Posner, a judge of the U.S. Court Of Appeals for the Seventh District in Chicago. When it came down to a patent fight between Apple and Motorola in June 2012, Posner simply would not allow the two sides to battle it out in court. He dismissed the case with prejudice (meaning neither could refile their claims) and that was the end of that. Posner criticized both Apple and Motorola for “wild conjecture,” weakness in their cases and trial preparation and failure to present enough evidence.Sound familiar? Except for the evidence (which can be misleading considering what some companies define as evidence), the Apple and Samsung fight has been filled with wild conjecture and a variety of other issues. Koh not only wasn’t able to stop Apple and Samsung from fighting, but she has become an instigator in their three-ring court circus. Posner would be part of no such thing.In addition, since most of the cases in Koh’s court have gone in Apple’s favor to some degree, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker may think it has found a friend in the legal system. This is likely to bring more cases from Apple to Koh’s court.Granted, it is hard to compare Koh and Posner. Koh has been a District Court judge for two years while Posner is something of an American legal legend (he traded very public barbs with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  earlier this year).Still, Koh’s call for peace between Apple and Samsung rings hollow. She has done nothing to actually force or enforce such a peace. And now her hands are tied, making it more difficult to clean up the mess that she was an integral part of creating. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Patents#Samsung center_img dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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If You Want to Be More Productive Start with Values-Based Decisions

first_imgThe most difficult part of being productive is making values-based decisions. The words “values-based” not only refers to the rules you use to govern yourself but also what it is that you value. An inability or unwillingness to make decisions based on a set of criteria made up of something more than a task list will cause you to get less done than you should, feel stressed or overwhelmed, and procrastinate. Here is how you make values-based decisions to increase your productivity and the quality of your life.The Tyranny of the Task ListIf you are like most people, you have a task list. That task list is made up of all kinds of different and unrelated tasks. You might have “get cat food” sitting under “develop a plan to save client,” directly next to “make a tuition payment,” and one hundred other things all lined up on a task list. These tasks all require your time, your attention, and your energy. Because they are written in a straight line from top to bottom, or captured in a task manager of some kind, they all appear to be of equal importance.Most people sort their task list every day, moving what is urgent to the top of the task list to ensure it gets done before some fast-approaching deadline. The single criteria being used to make that decision is, “what do I need to today to not miss a deadline?” It is important to meet deadlines and keep your commitments. If you feel overwhelmed or struggle to get enough of the right work done, it is because urgency is is only one factor you might should use when deciding what to do. Other factors carry equal or more weight, and by using other factors, you not only get more done, you feel the greater satisfaction of living a life of your design, one of meaning and purpose.Value-Based DecisionsIf you want to be more productive and more effective, deciding what to do and when to do it is a decision based on a hierarchy of value. Because every task requires your attention, one doesn’t appear to be much different from another. Each task creates a sense of obligation. However, some of the tasks on your list are far more critical than others; they weigh more. To escape the tyranny of your task list, you start by acknowledging the difference in the importance of each task when measured against others.To make effective decisions, you have start by deciding this task is more important than that task. It helps to have a framework for making decisions that provides better guidance than urgency or deadlines. What follows is a framework for making values-based decisions.The Long term Value of a TaskThe framework here is how you escape your task list. The work isn’t easy, and it takes time to comprehend. You have to practice it for some time before it sticks. When it holds, it is life-changing.You start by looking at the long term value. What is the value of task or project or goal or initiative in the future? If what you are considering has an extended impact, it weighs more than something that isn’t going to matter two weeks from now. If the consequences or potential gain is immense when compared to other choices you might make, it needs to rise to the top of the list.If you have written down your long term goals and targets, what you need to do to reach them shows up on your task list (or Discipline List, if you follow the work in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need) is now a higher priority than other tasks.Identity, Purpose, and MeaningThe reason people struggle to do work that gives them a sense of purpose and meaning is, in part, because they are not doing the work that would allow them to exercise their resourcefulness and initiative. Instead, they get mired down in trivialities, things that don’t matter much now—or in the future.There are specific categories of life that your tasks, projects, goals into which you can sort your initiatives. Your identity is made up of these categories. It’s also made up of your values systems. Success in any of the classes requires you to invest your time and attention in the goals, projects, initiatives, and tasks necessary to the result you want. The order here is important:Identity: Who you are?Goals: What does the result look like?Projects: What outcomes are required to produce the goal?Initiatives: Inside those projects, what is a priority now?Tasks: What action do you need to take to around your priority?I am not sure how many times I have written these next sentences on this platform or somewhere else, but it is critical to being productive and doing good work: “Everything is important, but not everything can be most important. Productivity requires you to be intentional about your priorities.”If you feel like your work doesn’t provide purpose and meaning, there is more than a good chance you are defining your work incorrectly. Anything with which you bring your whole self to feels like purpose and meaning. When to move what’s most important to the top of the list and spend more time there, your work—and your life—feel very different.Deciding What Not to Do NowIt’s sometimes easier to decide what you are not going to do. When you ask yourself a question like, “What is the longterm value of this project or task,” you start to view it through a lens that is radically different from one that considers urgency only. When you rank things by their value over time, you find that some things are far more important than others.You are deciding is what you are not going to do now. You are intentionally allowing some things to go undone so you can make room for the few things that produce the highest value. You are saying no to small things so you can say yes to something bigger.Making decisions about your priorities allows you to schedule those things, crowding out what you are intentionally ignoring. You prevent yourself from failing at what are your most important priorities by ensuring that what’s most important comes first, rather than letting the lilliputian tasks dominate something much more significant.Trading Now for the FutureThe truth about productivity is that the most substantial part of it is made up of your attention and your results. It turns out that what we want in the short term often comes at the expense of what we wish for longterm. We sometimes trade novelty, distraction, and little urgencies for the results we want from the future.What you do now is shaping your future. You are choosing your future regrets. Future You should be deciding what you do now, not Present You. Present You tends to think short term, what do I want now. Future You takes a much longer view, and when you look back at the present from that vantage point, your perspective about what you should do shifts.Gaining TractionIf you have not made decisions like this before now, you will discover that you have to clean up some of the tasks that you didn’t get done before they became urgent. The process of making value-based decisions will feel like you are sliding on ice, lacking the traction you need to get where you want to go. You are heading in the right direction, and at some point, you’ll find that you have traction.last_img read more

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Nagaland split over centenary celebrations of club that united warring tribes

first_imgKohima, the only theatre of the Second World War in the Indian subcontinent, is gearing up for the centenary of an ethnic club moulded by events during the First World War in faraway France.But the Nagaland capital is divided over who has the right to celebrate the special day of the club that unified disparate Naga tribes and laid the foundation of an armed movement for secession from India.The stand-off is between the influential Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and members of the 100-year-old Naga Club. The NSF doubts the credibility of the members since the Naga Club of 1918 became dormant in 1982, while the latter say the students’ body should not dictate terms just because it “took over” the club building in 1983.The club building is not far from the landmark Kohima War Cemetery, an iconic reminder of a fierce battle in 1944 between the British-led Allied forces and the Japanese army alongside Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army.Separate events“We are going ahead with the centenary celebration on October 31 without the other party. We do not know if these members are legitimate, as the last office-bearers of the Naga Club were appointed in 1982,” NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu told The Hindu on Saturday. He said the NSF, set up in 1947, as caretaker of a piece of Naga history following an agreement with the Naga Club to operate from the club building, was justified in hosting the event. But members of the Naga Club disagree. “The club remained dormant from 1967 to 1981, but a meeting was held in January 1982 to revive it. The club was dormant again after the expiry of all the office-bearers of the club from 1982-2000 before we revived it in February 2017,” Krurovie Peseyie, the club’s chairman, said.“The NSF had in April 1983 applied for renting the Naga Club building. A part of the building was allotted to the NSF on rental basis, documents of which are available with the club. But there are no rent receipts,” Mr. Peseyie said. The Naga Club plans to mark the centenary a day ahead of the NSF.Naga ideologue Niketu Iralu underlined the irony of two organisations fighting over the celebration of a club that unified warring Naga tribes. “The reason for both Naga Club and NSF is the same — celebration of something that shaped the socio-political course of the Nagas. This is perhaps a reflection of the suspicion deep in the Naga society and rhetoric based on prevailing divisions in our society,” Mr Iralu said. Unifying forceThe British government had during the First World War recruited 2,000 labourers and porters from some 15 Naga tribes and sent them to fight in France between 1914 and 1918. Alienated from other British Indian troops on European soil, the Nagas developed a sense of unity. Many of them returned, and under the leadership of R.S. Ruichumhao, formed the Naga Club along with some British officials in 1918. The club provided the foundation for the Naga nationalist movement. In 1929, members of the club submitted a memorandum to the Simon Commission, proposing self-rule by the Nagas after the departure of the British from India. The Naga Club was later overshadowed by the Naga Hills District Tribal Council formed in 1945, which metamorphosed into a political organisation called Naga National Council (NNC). Under the legendary Angami Zapu Phizo, the NNC waged a war of independence against the Indian Union in the 1950s.last_img read more

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