Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Certain lines of inquiry being pursued on retail burglaries in Donegal Previous articleCathal Corey named new Sligo ManagerNext articleDamning report reveals raw sewage being pumped into Donegal water supplies News Highland WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – October 24, 2017 Facebook An incident room has been set up at Letterkenny Garda station with certain lines of enquiry being followed after a spate of burglaries at retail premises throughout Donegal.Superintendent David Kelly has told the County Donegal Joint Policing Committee that those carrying out the burglaries are not professional but opportunistic.An incident room has been set up at Letterkenny Garda station with certain lines of enquiry being followed followed a spate of burglaries at retail premises throughout Donegal.Superintendent David Kelly has told the County Donegal Joint Policing Committee that those carrying out the burglaries are professional but opportunistic.Gardai have confirmed that an incident room has been set up at Letterkenny Garda Station where certain lines of inquiry are being correlated following a spate of burglaries at retail premises throughout Donegal over the past number of months.Gardai believe recent break ins at retail premises in Letterkenny, Killygordon, Lahey and Dungloe to be linked while they say they are keeping an open mind in regards to last weeks burglary at Centra in Carrigart.Superintendent David Kelly also alluded to the fact that some of the tools used to gain access are sourced within the vicinity of the targeted premises. WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
View Comments It’s the dog days of summer, but the Great White Way is buzzing with opening nights of Penn & Teller on Broadway on July 12 and Amazing Grace on July 16. What else is up this week? We’ve got Aaron Lazar singing solo, Sutton Foster back on stage and Broadway favorites honoring a bubbly pop princess. Get ready for this week’s picks! Take Home Peter Pan & the BardIn stores July 17If you sing along at a Broadway musical, you’ll probably be asked to leave…or if you’re good, sign a contract and join the ensemble. (Hey, it could happen.) But singing along to the tunes coming from your phone or computer? Go full-on Merman and reach for those stars, you lovable dreamer! You have two more opportunities today with the release of the original cast recordings of both Finding Neverland and Something Rotten! Make Time for NPH on TVJuly 14 on NBCWe’re a bit confused about all the talent shows on TV. Is The Voice the one where the losers are covered in honey and wrestle a hungry bear, or is that American Idol? Anyway, for four weeks we’ll know America’s Got Talent because that’s the one Neil Patrick Harris is on! The always-game NPH begins his stint on the show to determine which contestants get a chance to perform at Radio City Music Hall. Find Aaron Lazar…Singing!July 13 at BirdlandIn “Look for Me in the Songs,” Broadway favorite Aaron Lazar lends his pipes to selections ranging from the Great American Songbook to Billy Joel. Good thing we have context, because the title sounds like a murder mystery TV series where the clues are presented in song lyrics. We’d watch that, especially if Patti LuPone played the tough, but big-hearted police chief. Click for tickets! Star Files RSVP for The Wild PartyBegins July 15 at New York City CenterSutton Foster’s success on Younger is awesome, but it’s great to have her back on stage—even for a little while (through July 18). The two-time Tony winner takes the lead in The Wild Party at Encores! Off-Center. Andrew Lippa’s 2000 musical tells the story of jazz baby Queenie (Foster) who throws the party to end all parties with her lover Burrs (Steven Pasquale). Click for tickets! See Broadway Go PopJuly 13 at 54 BelowKaty Perry isn’t on the Great White Way yet, but we can totally see a Perry-inspired musical: Flashy costumes, loads of camp and big emotional lyrics. (Or maybe she can just star in the Clueless musical?) Taylor Louderman and Lesli Margherita are among the big-name voices on hand for two performances of Broadway Loves Katy Perry. Click for tickets! Sutton Foster
View Comments The National Theatre staging of War Horse has become a West End mainstay and continues at the New London Theatre after nabbing five Tony Awards on Broadway in 2011. The lead role of the equine-friendly Albert Narracott, which has been played over the years by Luke Treadaway and Game of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harington, just to name a few, has now fallen to newcomer James Backway. The charming young star chatted with Broadway.com one recent afternoon about following in some very illustrious footsteps and his teenage past as a singing von Trapp.There have been some notable Alberts before you. How does it feel to follow in their footsteps?The track record of the Alberts is very high indeed! I’m a great admirer of people like Luke [Treadaway] and Kit [Harington] and it’s great to be a part of that. But what’s most important is to have the sense of belonging to a really terrific show. This is a great opportunity and just to have got the part is huge!How did the role come your way?I’d been a huge fan of the show. I had seen it two or three times, and kept going to auditions and getting asked back and eventually managed to go all the way. I started rehearsals in January, opened in March and am signed to the production for a year.That’s a nice contract for someone recently out of drama school!Especially in this profession, consistency is something that’s really tough for most actors. I have a feeling that I will look back on this as a rare time when I was able to say that I was working in the same place on a great show in the middle of London for an entire year.When you first saw War Horse, did you have an inkling that you would one day be in it?Not at all; I was a complete punter. I had read the book and was a massive fan, and when War Horse first opened there was so much hype around the puppets and how they made them move, so the word was out that you had to witness the spectacle for yourself. I went with my mum and I remember at the time feeling like I was part of something very special just by being in the audience. It was a landmark show and it’s great still to be a part of it nearly 10 years after. We’re giving Cats a run for its money [laughs].How do you personally connect with a play set a century ago, during World War I?The play is so well-written that it doesn’t feel old, and knowing that there are going to be people in the audience who had relatives who would have fought in those wars gives a sense of connection to the people who lived during that time. That was a simpler time but in many ways also a harder time. It’s important to remember that it’s because of what happened and what those people did then that we can live the way we do now.Do you have an interest in horses?Interestingly, I’d never ridden a horse before doing this job but I’ve always been a huge admirer of them. When I was growing up in Croydon in south London, there was a field next to my nan where there were horses and I remember thinking how great they looked. In the off chance that I ever had the money to buy a horse, I think I would, but there are only a handful of people who can afford to live in London and have a horse in their garden!So you don’t believe in the W.C. Fields dictum that one should never work with children or animals?Children and animals are great, I recommend them! They have a bad reputation and are often misunderstood. I think they need a better PR team.With all respect to the various Alberts, it often seems as if the horse puppeteers in War Horse are the real stars.Totally! I’m in awe of the puppeteers and don’t know how they do it physically or mentally. It’s the ultimate listening exercise for an actor which I don’t think many theater practitioners can teach, which is how you work as a team of three so that if the head makes a slight sniff, than the hind quarters have to register that.It’s a great workout as well.I look at [the actors’] arms and see that they’ve grown about 3 inches wider and have just become so ripped and physically peaked because of working so hard. What’s great, too, is that the way the show wipes away any kind of ego. Everyone is focused on telling that story and supporting the puppeteers.This is your big break since leaving drama school in Liverpool last year but you have, in fact, played the West End before.Yes, when I was 14 I was one of the little von Trapps at the Palladium in The Sound of Music. We got to do the farewell shows for [reality TV star] Connie Fisher and were the last set of kids before Summer [Strallen, Fisher’s successor] came in.What was that experience like?I was lucky because I was 14, so I was the oldest of the kids. I remember our Gretl was absolutely incredible but was only five and seemed completely unaware of just how amazing she was. I don’t think I even have memories from being five!Can we expect you in a major musical again?I don’t think so! That was before my voice dropped, and once that happened it was goodbye to singing. But it’s nice to feel as if I’m part of something big again. I’ve come full circle.
Why cashed-up buyers are going rural Queensland’s Top 10 Happiest Areas: MORE: Clive Palmer buying out the neighbours Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 In metropolitan areas of Queensland, it’s been a nice steady growth in happiness among sellers, the survey found. Picture: Jodie RichterQueensland has escaped the worst impacts of COVID-19 on the real estate market, with the pandemic having a smaller impact than fallout from the Banking Royal Commission and the 2019 Federal Election, a new survey found. A whopping 39 per cent of home sellers in Brisbane got a higher price than what they expected at sale time, according to the latest price expectation report from real estate agent ratings site, RateMyAgent.The survey of more than 33,000 Australians, tracked sentiment in the Australian property market, as well as seller satisfaction for the first half of 2020.South East Queensland was home to the majority of Queensland’s happiest home sellers – with nine of the top ten happiest areas hailing from the region. 9/1263-1265 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, is on the market for offers over $650,000.Brisbane and Moreton Bay led with the highest proportion of sellers who got higher prices than they expected (39 per cent), followed by Scenic Rim and Redland (38 per cent), Logan (35 per cent), Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast (32 per cent), Fraser Coast (28 per cent), Lockyer Valley (27 per cent) and Ipswich (23 per cent). Brisbane (39% net above)Moreton Bay (39% net above)Scenic Rim (38% net above)Redland (38% net above)Logan (35% net above)Sunshine Coast (32% net above)Gold Coast (32% net above)Fraser Coast (28% net above)Lockyer Valley (27% net above)Ipswich (23% net above) (Source: RateMyAgent) ‘It’s taken a pandemic’ but 43pc ready to ditch home loans now Best on Show’s big winners RateMyAgent CEO and co-founder Mark Armstrong said vendor happiness in Queensland had bounced back during the COVID-19 second quarter, defying doom and gloom predictions. “What we’ve seen in the June quarter is an astounding turnaround in market confidence – after the initial shock in April wore off, consumer optimism is on the way back up and this is highlighted in our newest Price Expectation Report.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoHe said the survey found that the banking royal commission and the election in 2019 had a significantly more negative impact on vendor happiness than COVID-19 has had.“Over the last two years, supply has dropped around 30 to 35 per cent. So what happened with COVID-19 is in April everyone just froze. It was the height of uncertainty. People who were considering selling just left the market, and yet there was still buyer demand moving through the market. We saw a slight increase in vendor happiness in June and that was driven by that lack of supply.”“In metropolitan areas of Queensland, it’s been a nice steady growth in happiness since we saw it bottom out in 2018. Brisbane took a little dip in April because of that COVID-19 uncertainty but it found its feet again. Everyone thought COVID-19 was going to potentially decimate the property market but it hasn’t. Everyone realises that life goes on.”He said Queensland’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was playing out well for the property market here. “The migration from Victoria and New South Wales is always reasonably strong in southern Queensland and maybe this will accelerate it or put a bit of upward pressure on it,” he said. “What’s shown during this pandemic is more densely populated areas run a higher risk of these pandemics. Queensland is such an enormous state with less people than Victoria and New South Wales. If people get hung up on the pandemic, a place like Queensland with so much room certainly augurs well for them.”“There’s still a reasonably high level of confidence in the market.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
(REUTERS) – RUSSIAN pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova said her victory at the world championships on Sunday had not been overshadowed by the absence of her country’s flag and the scandal surrounding its athletics federation.The 28-year-old Russian, who cleared 4.95 metres on her third and final attempt, said she felt slightly uncomfortable seeing the silver and bronze medallists celebrate with their flags but was too caught up in her own emotions to be bothered.“All that is not too comfortable but I was so happy,” she said. “I was just so happy that I didn’t really think about it… Gold is gold.”Russia’s athletics federation has been suspended since a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping in the sport.Since then some Russian athletes have been cleared by the IAAF, athletics’ global body, to compete internationally as neutrals after demonstrating that they were training in a doping-free environment.Barred from wearing their national colours or celebrating with their flag, Russia’s neutral athletes are serenaded by the IAAF anthem if they win gold.Sidorova’s all-time best result left American rival Sandi Morris with silver in her third successive major championship. Greek Ekaterini Stefanidi, the title-holder and Olympic champion, took bronze.Morris, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist, said she had no hard feelings about Sidorova’s status as a neutral athlete.“Sidorova is a friend of mine,” Morris said. “She can’t help what is going on politically.”Drained by her showdown with Morris, Sidorova said she knew her final jump was her last chance to claim the title.“I thought this is a chance that needed to be taken,” she said. “If not, I would have had to jump again and I didn’t really have the strength at that point.”When she returns to Russia, Sidorova plans to celebrate her gold medal with whipped cream she bought before travelling to Doha.“I’ll come home and just eat it all,” she said, chuckling.
Read the full text of the address by the CEO of Brand South Africa, Mr Kingsley Makhubela, at the Africa and Middle East Conference of the Junior Chamber International on Thursday 5 May 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.• Download the speech in PDF formatProgramme DirectorPresident of the Junior Chamber International, Mr Paschal DikeAfrica and the Middle East Executive Vice President and Chairman of the 2016 JCI Africa and the Middle East Area Conference, Mr Tshepo ThlakuSecretary General, Mr Arrey ObensionJunior Chamber International Vice PresidentsAfrica and the Middle East Senate Chair, Ms Angel KgokoloAfrica & Middle East Development Council South (AMDEC) President, Mr Hymmeldat Rudolphe DibakalaAll delegatesMembers of the mediaIt is a pleasure to be amongst such vibrant and motivated young people today. I trust your deliberations since yesterday have been fruitful. As I stand before you, what stands out mostly for me is that despite the decades in between us, young people generations over have similar challenges to overcome. When I was a young man, my peers and I talked about and envisaged bequeathing to future generations a world that was better than the one in which we lived. We have achieved this to some extent but sadly, we have not managed to eradicate all the challenges we ourselves fought against.Today, young people continue to grapple with the pervasive, and sometimes stubborn, challenges of poverty, underdevelopment, job creation, and others. The resistance of these challenges to a durable and holistic solution, directly impacts on our own lives and indeed, on the competitiveness of the nations from which we hail. I say this before national competitiveness – and our nation brands – is ultimately a composite of all that a country has to offer. All citizens, sectors, industries together create a picture of the national competitive identity. This cannot be over-emphasized.The demographic dividendCurrent leaders have the responsibility to leverage the power of young people to become motive agents for change. Young people in both Africa and the Middle East contribute to the demographic dividend that could be a very positive force for growth and development. The World Economic Forum has described Africa’s demographic dividend as the largest in the world saying within 20 years, the number of sub-Saharan citizens reaching working age (15-64) will exceed that of the rest of the world combined. And by 2040, half of the world’s youth will be African.The Middle East has a similar demographic dividend. Michael Hoffman and Amaney Jamal in a paper entitled, “The Youth and the Arab Spring: Cohort Differences and Similarities” observe that “30% of the population is between the ages of 14 and 24.5 and more than half of the people in the Arab world today are under the age of 25.6. Not only is the youth bulge high in the Middle East, it is the second highest in the world – second only to sub-Saharan Africa.”You young leaders must therefore be nurtured and encouraged to use your unlimited drive, passion and potential for the greater good, and to build strong countries and continents.How can we do this?Charles Duhigg, in a book entitled The Power of Habit, talks about turning excellence into a habit. Personal excellence can translate into corporate, social and national excellence. And young people are in an excellent position to develop this habit – your families, communities and indeed, your countries, need this! Excellence must be cultivated and this will increasingly impact positively on national psyche and the reputation of our countries.This also leads me the emerging theory in leadership described as disruptive leadership. Disruptive leadership is about fostering a culture of game-changing innovation that provides the framework and motivation to generate those ideas and execute those solutions that enhance corporate, social and ultimately national competitiveness. It is built around the question, “Why hadn’t we ever thought about our business and culture this way before?”Building this culture of excellence whilst preparing leaders able to conceive of and implement innovative solutions, to national and sometimes international challenges, will require a fair amount of disruption to commonly accepted ways of doing things. There is no sector of society more well placed to do this, than you who are sitting in this room.As the future leaders of the continent in a range of areas, it is this spirit which will move Africa’s Agenda 2063 from the pages of the document on which it is written to a reality. It is this spirit which will drive the global agenda for socio-economic growth and development.That you are no longer defined by race, religion, gender or ethnicity makes it even easier for you to be disruptive leaders. The lack of boundaries enables agility which is important for disruption and innovation.Role of Youth in building nation brandsIn recent times, young citizens in both Africa and the Middle East have risen up against social issues to call on governments and society at large to create the conditions for inclusivity, growth, development and increasingly, sustainability and environmental awareness. Young people are courageously rising to take their places at the forefront of the struggle for equity, development and ultimately democracy and equal opportunities for all.#FeesMustFallIn a few weeks, South Africa will commemorate the 40th anniversary since the 16 June 1976 student uprisings in Soweto. I hope you will have time to visit this dynamic heartland of the South African struggle for democracy.It is a matter of history that these protests, during which many young people lost their lives, changed the course of the South African struggle for liberation. These protests brought international attention to what was happening in our country particularly the just struggle for equal opportunities and rights as well as access to amongst others, education. Many of those who were young activists during this time are now in positions of leadership in many sectors in South Africa.However, the cause for which they fought almost four decades ago, again rose to the forefront when millions of South African youth united across colour and class divides to call for free education in the #FeesMustFall movement. So powerful was this movement that the students were listed amongst the list of the 100 Most Influential Africans released late last year. These brave young people created the conditions for government to declare that there would be no fee increases in the 2016 academic year and commit billions of rands to alleviating the financial pressures on students and their families.In addition, these young people brought business and academia together and students at the University of Johannesburg were able to raise R31 million to support their fellow students while the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), SABC and Vodacom last month launched a fundraising campaign at Fort Hare University’s Alice campus in the Eastern Cape to support students.South African youth demonstrated how they could come together and collectively fight for a cause that would change the conditions for millions of young people in our country. Education is a critical enabler for development and equally for national competitiveness. The youth of South Africa did more than just fight for no increases and additional funds, they are fighting for the country’s very development!In a few years, these young people will be in positions of leadership throughout the country. It remains to be seen whether they will be able to positively respond to the need for socio-economic change so that we will not find the same conditions come to the fore forty years from now?The Arab SpringGlobally we are seeing trends towards the need for greater democratisation and reduction of inequality levels. Young people are playing a critical role in raising levels of awareness about the unsustainability of current frameworks and paradigms.A few years ago, we will remember that young people of North Africa propelled the wave of civil society protests which ushered democracy to Northern Africa, in what is now described as the Arab Spring. Young people became political actors who were able to raise awareness for the need for change in North Africa. The youth led protests have been responsible for bringing political and social revolution to North Africa and these inspired their counterparts in the broader Middle East to also fight for democratic reforms in their own countries.This wave of protests have, unfortunately not created sustainable change or stable democracies. We are instead seeing greater instances of insecurity, terror and militarianism in both Africa and the Middle East. Sadly, no area of the world is immune from such attacks.Young people prove to be very susceptible to such militant activities. As the global community, we need to ask why? What are we doing, or not doing, that forces young people down such a path, risking their lives and their future?Young people can be a powerful force for positive change. It is up to us, as the older generations to ensure we do enough work to change conditions so that they can be encouraged to support positive programmes.Young people help President Obama reach the White HouseAn analysis by the Pew Research Centre shows that 66% of eligible voters under the age of 30 voted for President Obama in 2008. They were an important stakeholder in propelling America’s first black President to the White House because President Obama and his team prioritised communicating to the youth of America in a way that was important to them and on issues that they cared about. There is a lesson to be drawn from his campaign for the 2008 Presidency – understand the power of young people, talk to and engage with them in a way that is meaningful to them and you will gain their support.This is the best way to ensure that the power wielded by young people is harnessed and mobilised for nation building.These examples illustrate the impatience of young people and why leaders must acknowledge the urgency to transform their countries to ensure that there is greater equity, growth and development. Leadership does not refer only to heads of state and government, it is leadership at every level. If leaders do not rise to the occasion and respond to the needs of citizens, then young people have shown their ability to assume this role, and when they do, governments and business will be faced with their anger and impatience.Rights and ResponsibilitiesBefore I conclude, I would like to raise the issue of rights and responsibilities.Many generations of the past could only dream of some of the rights young people have today. You are no longer constrained by the burden of gender, race, class, ethnic or even geographical boundaries. With hard work, the right environment and the right opportunities, each of you really can change the world. However, I would caution that in attempting to build the world you want, do not destroy the world you do not want. Understanding that with every right comes a responsibility is a big part of being an adult.In conclusion, I would like to draw on Africa’s Agenda 2063 – continent’s first long term plan for the growth and development of the continent – which says, “present generations are confident that the destiny of Africa is in their hands, and that we must act now to shape the future we want.Are you ready? How will you play your part to build your country and ultimately your continents? How will history remember this generation of young people?I wish you good deliberations in the next few days. I hope you will have some time to experience and enjoy some of what our country has to offer.I thank you.
13 September 2013Phase 1A of the government’s multi-billion rand Cornubia development north of Durban was launched on Friday, with eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo announcing that 482 housing units were ready for occupation.The units consist of two bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and ablution facilities – a far cry from the usual one-bedroom RDP starter homes.Speaking to the media during a tour of the completed houses, Nxumalo said phase 1A had cost close to R100-million for the houses and related infrastructure.He said phase 1B was due to begin before the end of this year. This phase will yield an additional 2 221 housing units at an additional cost of R500-million. The uptake on the business development had reached 80 percent, he said, and construction was under way.Initially a joint venture between the eThekwini Metro Municipality and Tongaat Hulett, the Cornubia development has since been adopted by the Cabinet as a national priority project, bringing all spheres of government in as official partners in the development.Cornubia is a mixed-use, mixed-income, 1 200-hectare development, with 80 hectares earmarked for industrial development and the rest for commercial, housing and other social and public facilities, including schools, creches, clinics, multi-purpose halls, police stations and post offices.It is strategically located between Durban’s wealthier Mt Edgecombe and Umhlanga areas and disadvantaged areas north of the city such as Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, Phoenix, Ottawa and Waterloo.Situated some 15 kilometres south of the new King Shaka International Airport, Cornubia will see 23 000 new homes being built over the next 10 years, 15 000 for subsidised housing and the balance for a wide range of affordability levels.“The first 250 people are already allocated houses,” Nxumalo said on Friday. “We expect all new owners to move in by November/December this year – depending on the finalisation of connecting the new housing units to the electrical grid and water reticulation system. We expect these to be completed by October.”eThekwini head of human settlements and infrastructure, Nigel Gumede, said the city’s priority was to resettle people who were currently in transit camps.However, he added: “We want the new owners to treat these housing units as their homes, not as an informal settlement. We will ensure that the right people are allocated houses and monitor compliance. Thereafter, no one is allowed to sublet or sell the housing unit, as it belongs to the government.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts MakerBot, the organization that creates automated home fabrication machines, has announced the launch of its new Artist in Residency program and introduced the first selected participant. Norwegian 3D abstract machine artist Marius Watz (on Twitter) will have free access to all the MakerBot printers and all the plastic he can melt for the next two months. Watz will spend his residency working on art for a forthcoming show in Oslo and says that as part of his work “I will be developing a new Processing library for 3D model building, to be released as Open Source along with a series of models I’ll publish on Thingiverse (see thingiverse.com/watz) in the MakerBot spirit of openness.” MakerBot says its next Artist in Residence has already been selected and artists interested in applying for subsequent openings should apply now.Above, a photo of the MakerBot Thing-o-Matic, released in December.The MakerBot is exciting because it represents a democratization of physical manufacturing. The Artist in Residency program is exciting because it offers an opportunity to see what an artist, a specialist, dedicated and with unlimited resources, can do with the platform. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Here is a list of filters you might use to determine what to do with your time.Here is a post on doing one thing at a time.Another post here on how you can make more time. One of the reasons you might not be as productive as you want to be is because the idea isn’t well defined. Many people who believe they are productive, are not.Not To-DosIt is not crossing off tasks off a to-do list. No matter how many tasks you complete during a given day, you still may not have been productive with your time. You might have cleaned your desk and cleaned up the files on your desktop before you started work. After clearing some space, you opened your email inbox and responded to your email. Then you did some of the administrative work necessary for your job, only to look up and see that it’s 11:00 AM already.The number of tasks your complete says nothing about how productive you are. It is the impact of the tasks you complete that determines that you were productive. Completing tasks that produce no effect—even when they are related to work and necessary—will make you unproductive. To improve your productivity, you have to focus on the few things that make a difference.Not BusyIt’s not how busy you are. You can be the most active person in your company and still not be productive. Busyness and productive are inversely correlated; the busier you are, the less productive you will be. Some people pride themselves on being busy. They volunteer to be on task forces, take on projects, and agree to do work that belongs to others, mistakenly believing they are super-productive. Everyone appreciates a helpful person, but the decision to be busy is a decision to be unproductive.Being busy is evidence that you are not productive. Being overcommitted with a dozen initiatives is to be under-committed to what’s truly important and what would make you productive. Less busy means more focused.Not Hours WorkedIt is not a measure of how much how many hours you work. Some people come to work early and stay late. They will share with you how many hours they are at work, using the number of hours as a proxy for how productive they are. Many of the people who count hours go to work (a location), but they don’t go to work (produce outcomes that make a difference). Hours in which you do no meaningful work is not a productive hour. There is no doubt that you have the internet at your workplace, as well as on your always-on, always-available smartphone.The way you measure productivity is what you fill your hours with, not where your body was for those hours. Your location doesn’t say anything about productivity.Not MeetingsIt’s not the number of meetings. Ah, meetings. You attend a lot of them, and if you are a leader, you require a lot of them for others. There are good reasons to have a meeting, though many would benefit by being shorter and focused on a defined outcome (like a decision or a plan of action). Running from meeting to meeting is no evidence of how productive you are, though it might speak to the fact that you work in a business that values busyness.Because you are sitting with people talking about your business is no indication that you are productive. The value of meeting might make it productive, but a large number of meetings may suggest the opposite is true.Not Fighting FiresIt’s not the number of fires you extinguish unless you are a firefighter. You may sit in reactive mode, waiting for problems so you can go and dispatch them. If you believe you create value by tackling the endless issues and challenges that occur each day, you aren’t likely to be productive. If you are a manager, it is easy to occupy this role, avoiding the proactive projects, tasks, and initiatives that would prevent many of those fires from starting in the first place.It feels good to solve problems, but real productivity would come from doing the work that keeps you from having to put out the same fires endlessly.What Productivity IsBeing productive is the impact of what you do with your time, not the time itself, and not even how busy you were during that time. Was what you did with your time important? How are things better than they were before?Much of the work that would make you productive isn’t urgent. It’s more often the work that requires your full focus and attention done proactively. It’s the projects or initiatives with no deadline. It’s the client conversations that don’t show up on your task list but are critically important to both of your futures. You clean your desk to get a sense of accomplishment—and to put off making the call to the client, knowing it is going to be difficult. You reorganize your task list so you can put off starting on the difficult, but necessary project.Being productive is the decision to spend time on the very few things that will produce a big outcome and make an impact on your results. That decision requires that you narrow your task list to make room from what’s important. It requires you to be less busy, to avoid overcommitting, and to avoid meetings. If you are not a firefighter, you must give up the feeling of solving everyone’s problems for them as your full-time job and start doing the work that prevents recurring issues. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2015 – It will be an autopsy that will unravel the mystery of how a 17 year old Clement Howell High School student died at hospital on Monday. It appears it was a heart attack, but InterHealth Canada only explains: “…at approximately 2:15 pm, an adolescent male age 17 years was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center via ambulance by the Emergency Medical Services after he complained of feeling unwell at the National Stadium. His condition worsened suddenly upon admission to the Emergency Department and all subsequent efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.” National Heritage Month ends Related Items:autopsy, clement howell high school, interhealth canada, student Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp