Hamas urged to concentrate on negotiating with Alan Johnston’s kidnappers

first_img News News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News June 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas urged to concentrate on negotiating with Alan Johnston’s kidnappers News to go further Reporters Without Borders said it was deeply shocked by the latest video of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, which his abductors, a group calling itself the Army of Islam, yesterday posted on a website used by militants. It shows him wearing an explosives belt of the kind used by suicide bombers.“Johnston’s abductors have intensified their threats against him during the three months they have been holding him,” the press freedom organisation said. “The latest, horrible video is an additional warning. At this dramatic moment, our thoughts go out to his family, who have to face these terrible images.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Johnston is now apparently being used as a human shield by his kidnappers, who have been made nervous by Hamas’ threats of a military operation. The use of force cannot be an option. At the same time, the mutual accusations between Fatah and Hamas are playing into the kidnappers’ hands. What Johnston needs more than ever is for the Palestinian authorities to negotiate.”In the video filmed by his kidnappers and posted yesterday, Johnston warns that his life would be in danger if there were any attempt to rescue him by force. He is seen wearing an explosives belt around his waist, over the same red pullover he wore in a video circulated at the start of the month.“As you can see I have been dressed in what is an explosive belt, which the kidnappers say will be detonated if there was any attempt to storm this area,” Johnston said to the camera. “My captors tell me that very promising negotiations were ruined when Hamas and the British government decided to press for a military solution to this kidnapping. The situation is now very serious (…) It seems the answer is to return to negotiations, which I am told are very close to reaching a deal.”On 18 June, the Islamist party Hamas issued an ultimatum to Johnston’s kidnappers to free him by the end of the day. The Army of Islam reacted with an angry statement reiterating its threats to kill him. The group continues to demand the release of an Islamist militant, Abu Qatada, who has been detained in Britain since 2005. On 24 June, Hamas, which now controls the Gaza Strip, accused President Mahmoud Abbas’ party, Fatah, of blocking its attempts to free Johnston. Fatah issued an immediate denial and called on Hamas to provide evidence of his claims. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Palestine Help by sharing this information PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more The Army of Islam has posted a video on the Internet showing its hostage, Alan Johnston, wearing an explosives belt. Reporters Without Borders calls on the Palestinian authorities to concentrate on negotiating with the group. “The use of force is not an option,” the organisation says, adding: “The continuing disagreements and mutual accusations between Fatah and Hamas are playing into the kidnappers’ hands.” Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

HLS Professor Jonathan Zittrain appointed to SEAS faculty

first_imgHarvard Law School (HLS) Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95, a leading scholar on the legal and policy issues surrounding the Internet, has been appointed to the faculty of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) as professor of computer science. Zittrain is a co-founder of the University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.“Jonathan’s appointment is a critical step in fostering stronger ties between HLS and SEAS,” said SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray, the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and professor of physics. “Given the complexities of issues such as the security and privacy of data and medical records, open access scholarship, and the changing nature of digital identities — from social networks to gaming avatars — understanding the connections between law and technology is increasingly important. We believe that by leveraging the strengths of both our Schools, Harvard will become a leading player in this exciting interface.”The author of “The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It,” Zittrain’s scholarly work bridges theory and experiment, prototyping tools for and on the Internet. His concept of the shifting roles of public and private institutions is the intellectual underpinning for StopBadware, a large-scale empirical study of the flow of Internet malware online.“I am delighted that through Jonathan’s work, we are able to foster strengthened ties to the Engineering School,” said HLS Dean Martha Minow. “Jonathan’s work has long drawn upon his background in computer science, and his groundbreaking analysis combines legal, political, and technological analyses in helping to shape and reassess the quickly changing field of cyberlaw. His new appointment to SEAS strengthens his work, offers new opportunities for collaborations between our Schools, and deepens Harvard’s commitments to creative and comprehensive thinking about the challenges and opportunities of this digital age.”To read the full story.last_img read more

Putin says he’s not a ‘tsar’ after 20 years in power

first_imgWhen asked what he foresees past 2024, Putin deferred to the perspective of “people’s sentiments… what they want.””The primary source of power is the people,” he said. “It’s very important for me to feel and understand what people want.””A tsar is one who just sits there, looks down from above and says: ‘They will do as I order,’ while he just tries on a cap and looks at himself in the mirror,” Putin said. “On the contrary, I work every day.”Topics : Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed comparisons to a tsar on Thursday, arguing he “works every day” and listens to what people want.”Well, this is not true,” Putin said when asked about being described as a Russian imperial-era ruler.”Maybe someone else can be called a tsar. But in my case, I don’t reign, I work every day,” he told the state-run TASS news agency. The interview aired on Thursday as part of a series rolled out by TASS this month to mark 20 years since the 67-year-old Putin took the helm of Russian politics. It was not clear when the segments were recorded, but the series began airing before Putin said this month that he wants an opportunity to run for president again, as part of his constitutional reforms.The reforms proposed in January include granting more power to parliament and strengthening the role of the State Council. An amendment approved last week would allow Putin to run for another six years in the Kremlin in 2024 and again in 2030. The reforms will be subject to a public vote.last_img read more

COVID-19: Govt repatriates, isolates more than 500 TKIs from Malaysia

first_imgAs many as 513 Indonesian domestic workers have been repatriated from neighboring Malaysia after they were given the all-clear for COVID-19 infection.Priagung Adhi Bawono, the head of the Medan Port Health Authority (KKP), said that each Indonesian migrant worker (TKI) had been accounted for and confirmed free of infection after testing negative for the virus upon their arrival at Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra.“The preliminary results show that none of the [repatriated] domestic workers have any symptoms [of COVID-19]. They all tested negative,” Priagung told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. He added that the workers had been examined in Malaysia prior to their repatriation, but noted that some of the workers had flu-like symptoms, including dry cough and dizziness.As of Saturday, North Sumatra had recorded at least 59 confirmed cases and eight deaths.To ensure public health and safety, said Priagung, all recently repatriated migrant workers were isolated for 14 days at a special facility at Cadika Lubuk Pakam park in Deli Serdang, or at Suwondo Air Base in Medan.Whiko Irwan, the head of the North Sumatra COVID-19 task force, said that all repatriates would undergo rapid testing on the first and 10th days of their isolation periods, as well as physical exercise and psychological evaluation. Read also: COVID-19 news is not all bad. Read this to stay positive“There are 318 [TKI] quarantined at Soewondo Air Base, whereas 134 others have been isolated at Cadika Lubuk Pakam Park,” Whiko said.Soewondo Air Base Commander Col. Meka Yudanto said that the majority of repatriated workers quarantined at the air base were North Sumatra natives, while the others came from regional provinces including Java.North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi had submitted a formal request to the Home Ministry for the repatriation of North Sumatran workers from Malaysia amid the health emergency in the neighboring country, said Meka.The Malaysian government extended until April 28 its “movement control order”, which is technically a lockdown, in an effort to curb the rapid spread of the virus there, Antara News reported.By Saturday, Malaysia had recorded 4,530 confirmed cases and 70 deaths from the disease.Many of the repatriated TKI had police records in Malaysia for overstaying their visas, said Kualanamu Immigration head Tedi Hartadi Wibowo.Zakiah, a TKI from Jambi, said she entered Malaysia illegally in 2018 on a tourist visa. She found work as a waitress at a local restaurant, but was soon arrested by Malaysian immigration officers and sentenced to seven months in prison.“I’ve learned my lesson. I won’t enter Malaysia through unofficial channels ever again,” Zakiah told the Post on Thursday, when shse arrived at Kualanamu airport.She said she didn’t mind being quarantined before returning to her hometown so that her family would be safe. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Local Special Olympics Athlete Departs for Training Camp in Killington, VT

first_imgAurora, IN – Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties’ athlete, Chris Perdue, will depart Sunday, December 11th from the Indianapolis International Airport for Killington, Vermont. The 17-year-old, South Ripley High School student, will join the Special Olympics national team for a week of training. The athletes will train with their Special Olympics USA coaches and bond with teammates from across the country before traveling to Austria together for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games next March.Special Olympics USA is comprised of 150 athletes, 40 coaches and approximately 20 delegation members who support team operations, for a total delegation of 210.Perdue will compete in the sport of snowboarding at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria. He has a history of success snowboarding at the State-level and has been training for his trip with the USA Team with his local coaches. Perdue got his start competing in snowboarding at Special Olympics Indiana’s Winter Games – taking place annually at Perfect North Slopes in January. During this year’s competition, Perdue took home two gold medals competing in the intermediate and advanced snowboarding events.The USA Team also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, where people with and without intellectual disabilities compete together, as teammates. Team members will compete in seven sports: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.The skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers will practice at Killington Resort, while all of the speed skaters and figure skaters will head to Spartan Arena in Rutland. Floor hockey will train at Castleton University.While the second-ever Special Olympics International Winter Games were held at Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont in 1981, this is the first time the Special Olympics USA training camp has been held in the Vermont.Upon his return from training camp, Perdue will continue to train at Perfect North Slopes with his local snowboarding coaches, Jimmy Laub and Justin Uhlman and his strength building coach, Tim Paul, at the Tyson Community Gym in Versailles.Less Than 100 Days ’til AustriaEvery two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world.On December 3rd, Special Olympics celebrated being 100 days out from the World Winter Games 2017. In just over three months, the USA delegation will travel overseas to join 3,000 athletes from 110 nations competing in nine Olympic-type sports.The Games will be spread throughout Austria in Graz, Ramsau and Schladming, from March 14-25, 2017.ESPN to Champion World GamesSpecial Olympics is very excited to announce that the ESPN and ABC networks will deliver coverage of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 for the first time ever.ESPN’s global television networks and digital media will bring extensive coverage to sports fans and supporters of the Special Olympics movement around the world. ESPN’s coverage, from March 18-25, marks the first-ever global coverage for a World Winter Games event.As an official broadcaster of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, ESPN’s television coverage will be carried across its networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICSSpecial Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Through year-round athletic training and competition in 26 Olympic-type sports for more than 2.25 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in more than 150 countries, Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people’s diverse gifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANASpecial Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in over 21 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching over 11,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal or state appropriated funds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, call (317) 328-2000 or visit www.soindiana.org.Courtesy of Special Olympics Indiana Ripley Ohio Dearborn Program Coordinator Greg Townsend.last_img read more

$65M Police station commissioned at La Parfaite Harmonie

first_imgA new Police station was officially commissioned at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), on Friday, almost two years after residents in that area had made calls for the much-needed Police presence in the area.The $65M new Police station that was commissioned at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank DemeraraAccording to Police Commissioner Leslie James, it is expected that with the new Police station in a booming housing development location, most of the security concerns of residents will be addressed in a timely manner since Police assistance in that area can now be easily accessed.“We will make it very clear to the ranks stationed here that our motto must be maintained, that is, service and protection. It is a clear display of the fact that we are all serious to deal with the issue of crime, to deal with the issue of protecting our citizens in the length and breadth of this great nation. So today (Friday), being here to witness this simple, but important, ceremony which is the commissioning of the La Parfaite Harmonie Police station augurs well for the Force, augurs well for the country…”Meanwhile, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Williams, who has responsibility for the GPF’s Administration Department, pointed out that the move to construct and open the Police station in La Parfaite Harmonie materialised after careful consideration.“With all of our analysis, with all our inspection and with all we would have done from a security standpoint, we recognise it is very important and critical for this community. Without law, there would be lawlessness, without a Police station, it simply means it definitely can contribute to chaos, public disorder and even to some amount of extent, an increase in crime”.Additionally, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan noted that the Police station is better equipped with a modernised lay out. He added that the ranks who operate there will be in a better position to do their duties of serving and protecting citizens.He stated that the station is also equipped with external washrooms and waiting area for visitors and that much effort has been made to ensure that it is “user-friendly” by members of the public.“…and those who will come to make complaints, use it, giving witness statements and those who in view of a new development with domestic violence and intra-family incidents so that they are going to have privacy when talking and not having the entire community hearing their private business…There will be confidentiality in certain proceedings and the space to ensure that confidentiality,” he added.Last month, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nigel Hoppie had told residents that the new facility will contribute to the continuous decrease in criminal activities which are already recorded to be at 27 per cent.Back in 2017, residents were encouraged to form a Community Policing Group since there was no tangible Police presence in the community. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Manchester United 2016/17 pre-season friendlies: Who will the Red Devils face?

first_img Saturday, July 16: Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium – Kick off – 1.30pm – Click the arrow, right, to see who else Manchester United will face in their pre-season friendlies … – Mourinho will kick off his Manchester United tenure against League 1 champions Wigan at the DW Stadium. The game comes the week before the Red Devils jet off to Asia for their pre-season tour. The game will likely feature more of the youngsters and the players not at Euro 2016. 6 Friday: July 22: Borussia Dortmund at Shanghai Stadium – Kick off – 1pm (BST) – Manchester United’s first test ahead of the new season comes against Bundesliga giants Dortmund, who are going through a similar rebuild to the Red Devils. Six new signings, so far, could turn out for the Germans, who have lost Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, may well face Dortmund as a Man United player, if his proposed transfer goes through. 6 6 6 Jose Mourinho has arrived at Manchester United and begun working on turning them back into Premier League title challengers for the 2016/17 season.Already, the Portuguese has moved to sign Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to follow.And soon Man United fans will be able to see them wearing the red jersey in the flesh as they trot off on their pre-season tour.But who are the Red Devils coming up against this summer? Click the right arrow above to find out all the details.TAKE A LOOK AT THE FULL PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURE LIST HERE 6 6 Wednesday, August 3: Everton at Old Trafford – Kick off – 8pm (BST) – It may be Wayne Rooney’s testimonial but we reckon most of the players will be taking this fairly seriously just a week and a half ahead of the new campaign. It could also see Juan Mata taking part – but in a blue shirt, if recent rumours are to be believed. Saturday, July 30: Galatasaray at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg – Kick off – 6:30pm (BST) – It’s probably not surprising Manchester United will be playing a friendly in Sweden this summer after completing the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The superstar, we reckon, could well make his bow here against Turkish side Galatasaray in the second largest city in his homeland. Sunday, August 7: Leicester City at Wembley – Kick Off – 4pm (BST) – It’s the classic English curtain raiser, with FA Cup winners Man United tackling the Premier League champions. Can the Foxes cope with being the team to beat? The Community Shield will be our first chance to see and the Red Devils get the chance to win the contest for the 21st time (although four of them were shared). Monday, July 25: Manchester City at Beijing National Stadium – Kick off – 12:30pm (BST) – You might have to take a well-placed lunch break here so you can witness a Manchester derby on foreign soil. It will also see new managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola face off against each other for the first time since August 2013, when Bayern Munich won on penalties in Prague. last_img read more

Milk marketing opportunities a topic at Spring Dairy Expo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Though dairy prices continue to be serious concern, it did not slow down participants and exhibitors at the 2018 Spring Dairy Expo this weekend. Dale Minyo caught up Scott Higgins and Jenny Hubble with the American Dairy Association Mideast to get an update on efforts to continue expanding markets.“It was a little chilly but a good weekend for dairy farmers to be at Spring Dairy Expo,” Hubble said. “There are three days of events and exhibit numbers are up this year.”The Spring Dairy Expo provides an opportunity for ADA Mideast to update dairy farmers of the work being done to market the continually expanding dairy production in Ohio and around the country.“We have been working hard to increase demand and trust for dairy foods. We don’t do what we traditionally used to do. We aren’t doing television advertising like we did back in the ‘Got Milk’ days. We are doing things like working within our school environment to create life-long milk drinkers and looking for ways we can provide new consumption opportunities with innovative products to encourage dairy consumption across the board,” Hubble said. “There has been a great surge in yogurt and yogurt products — Greek yogurt is big. And everyone loves cheese on everything. Milk is also a great ingredient for all kinds of healthy beverages that are out there today. A latte, for example, is at least half milk and is a great way to get your dairy. Chocolate milk is a great recovery beverage for adults working out because of the protein-carbohydrate ratio and white milk is a great beverage to choose because of its protein levels.”One of the key parts of expanding markets is working with well-known brands interested in providing the products consumers demand.“The vision we have had is to find brand partners who know and understand what consumers want. Whether Wendy’s or McDonald’s or Pizza Hut or Domino’s or a brand you buy at the store, we are going to work with and through those brand partners to help them innovate and meet consumer demand we may not even realize that exits,” Higgins said. “These brands are about serving their customers great tasting foods as a part of their daily menu. We invest in consumer analytics to find unmet demand and opportunity for products that don’t even exist today. That is the future of where we are going. Domino’s has been incredibly responsive and the consumers love it. Pizza Hut followed up as well and is adding 25% more cheese to its pizzas. We have 28 new menu items that include dairy in them at McDonald’s.”As markets have grown through the years, though, so has milk production.“We have been growing dairy product sales for the last 20 years exponentially, but at this time we have a little more milk than we need and farmers are not able to experience their price per hundredweight that they really deserve,” Higgins said. “When I started working for dairy farmers back in 1984 we were in a surplus situation of over 18 billion pounds. That is when the checkoff program started. Since that time dairy farmers dug in and invested 15 cents and we have grown the category to where we are selling 218 billion pounds to the consuming public. That is huge growth. But we are capable of producing a lot more milk in the U.S. Our dairy farmers are incredibly efficient and they produce a high quality product.”The incredible milk production in the U.S. creates challenges but also more marketing opportunities through exports.“We realize we need to be actively selling our foods around the world. There are countries that need American dairy foods. We have been making those inroads we’ve been opening up those doors and negotiating to open up those markets. This last year, 14.7% of the milk produced in the U.S. was sold internationally,” Higgins said. “With our brands transforming that milk into international marketing opportunities, we hope to increase utilization of milk by 5%. We’re doing that with our brand partners that can create those products to meet the expectations in those world markets and we are working as dairy farmers to help them get that done. Most of our partners are U.S. based, but there are a lot of companies worldwide that are interested in what the U.S dairy industry has. We are investing in putting people in strategic positions worldwide to make that happen.” Deanna Langenkamp is from Darke County with the Buckeye Dairy Club. Aubree Topp Shelby County and Lydia Kaverman Clark County lead their Jersey Summer yearling.. Delbert Yoder with Brook Hollow Farms in West Salem. Lance Myers Mahoning countylast_img read more

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