UN Security Council to Consider UNMIL Extension

first_imgThe UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has acknowledged receipt of a joint letter from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, regarding the drawdown of the United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL), the Executive Mansion has disclosed in a press release in Monrovia yesterday.Mr. Ban has meanwhile promised to submit the request to the UN Security Council shortly, adding that it is important to ensure that Liberia maintains the momentum in its reconstruction and transition processes. He urged the Liberian government to solicit resources to strengthen its security sector, especially the Liberia National Police (LNP). Mr. Ban praised the strong ties and excellent cooperation subsisting among member states of the Mano River Union (MRU) and the sub-regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). President Ouattara announced the request in January when he closed a three-day Joint Council of Chiefs and Elders Meeting (JCCEM) held between Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire.He vowed to speak with Mr. Ban Ki-moon on extending the mandate of UNMIL beyond 2016.President Ouattara stated that when he speaks with the Mr. Ban, he will ask him to extend the presence of UNMIL forces in Liberia until the 2017 elections are over.However, in a statement issued in January, UNMIL said that it would proceed with the extraction of its troops, but would maintain a contingent, at least 1500 strong, stationed in La Cote d’Ivoire to be dispatched to Liberia only in the case of “extreme need.”Mr. Ouattara emphasized, “I am sure that Mr. Ban Ki-moon will listen to us.”In a related development, Mr. Ban has spoken of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which he expressed the hope that Liberia would take ownership of and disclosed that the UN is preparing to organize two high-level meetings on the SDGs and climate change in April 2016. According to an Executive Mansion dispatch, Mr. Ban appealed for President Sirleaf’s participation at these high-level events, which he said will be followed immediately by a signing ceremony of the Climate Change Agreement reached in 2015 in Paris, France. On the issue of the joint letter from Presidents Sirleaf and Ouattara, Liberia’s Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara has requested Mr. Ban to give the matter due consideration and noted that the Liberian National Police (LNP) needs to do more, assuring that she would continue to be an advocate for adequate resources for the police. On the SDGs, Minister Kamara informed Mr. Ban that Liberia has begun taking actions, including a briefing provided to the Cabinet so that they have a general knowledge and understanding of the development initiatives. She informed him of a formal launch of the SDGs to create awareness in Liberia. She indicated that a team from the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC) are expected to begin work to align the SDGs with Liberia’s development initiatives, including the Agenda for Transformation (AfT), and Vision 2030. Madam Kamara also said Africa’s Vision 2063 would be integrated into the national development programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man nabbed after breaking into mandir

first_imgA man whose only name was given as ‘Flim’ was confronted with an allegation of breaking and entering the Zeelugt Shiva Mandir on the East Bank Essequibo at sometime between Sunday midnight and Monday morning. He confessed to stealing several items from the religious place of worship, and is presently inThe Zeelugt Shiva MandirPolice custody.Guyana Times was told by a devotee of the mandir, Poorandai Sukhu, that the stolen items have been recovered. She explained that when a caretaker of the building visited the temple on Monday at about 06:00h to switch off the lights, she found the idols stripped and the building ransacked. She raised an alarm, and the incident was reported to the Police.The devotees who suspected the man went to his home with a team of officers and unearthed the missing items in his fowl pen. Taken into custody, he subsequently confessed to the crime at the Leonora Police Station.According to Sukhu, ‘Flim’ gained entry into the building through a window which was grilled. She said the grill seemed to have been sprawled open.Sukhu said a public-address system and over $200,000 were stolen in decorations and other items.’last_img read more

Nervous Bolt prepares for football debut

first_imgSuch is the buzz swirling around the match that it will be broadcast live on pay TV and 10,000 fans are expected to cram into the Central Coast Stadium for what is normally a low-key pre-season fixture.The club, which finished bottom of the domestic A-League last season, is planning fireworks and other entertainment to keep fans amused until Bolt makes his entrance.All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local paper planning to distribute 100,000 cardboard cut-out face masks of the 32-year-old for onlookers to wear.“I think that will be a bit weird, but not too weird,” Bolt, who favours playing left wing, joked of the masks. “I’ve seen a little bit of that in track and field. But it will be something new to play the first game and see that.”Bolt dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and he remains the world record holder for the 100 metres.He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles before retiring last year and pursuing his passion for football.Bolt’s football dream is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to struggling with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual quick fire sprint on the athletics track © AFP / Saeed KHANDespite being used to running in front of 100,000 spectators and millions of TV viewers, the nerves are jangling as he enters a new phase in his career, having tried out with several other clubs around the world to no avail.“There will be nerves, definitely. It’s not like a charity game anymore, this is a career I’m pursuing,” said Bolt.“I expect to make mistakes, but I also expect to go in, make myself proud and push myself.”His football dream is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to struggling with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual quick fire sprint on the athletics track.“He doesn’t have football fitness, which is natural. We have not brought him in and said you have to do this and do that by this time,” said Mariners coach Mike Mulvey, who has given Bolt an indefinite time to prove himself.“For this Friday, it comes down to what the fitness coaches tell me with regards to how his body’s coping with the loading we’ve got at the moment.“But I would imagine he’s going to be playing some part on Friday.”– Spotlight –Mariners head of performance Andrew Young was blunt in his assessment: “As of right now, Usain’s not in the type of condition required to play A-League,” he told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.“We have to work on his aerobic capacity and he knows that.”The Mariners kick off their A-League season away to Brisbane Roar on October 21.All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local paper planning to distribute 100,000 cardboard cut-out face masks of the 32-year-old for onlookers to wear © AFP / Saeed KHANDespite Bolt being likely to spend most of Friday’s game on the bench, his presence at the club’s base in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, has generated global excitement and Mulvey is lapping it up.“What the lads in the office are telling me, there could be 10,000-12,000 people here, that’s quite unbelievable for a pre-season game. But I welcome it because it puts us under a little bit of a spotlight,” he said.While Bolt is used to the trappings of fame and fortune, he is determined to be just “one of the boys” in his new life around the Gosford area, a popular weekend getaway from Sydney with magnificent national parks and sandy beaches.The bright lights of Sydney are not far away, but he has no plans to be out partying.“I do want to enjoy the city and the life but I’m still going to remember that I’m a professional footballer now so I have to respect the coach and what rules the Mariners put down,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Usain Bolt is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract © AFP / Saeed KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 30 – Usain Bolt is set to get a first taste of competitive football on Friday in a much-hyped game, but the sprint superstar admits he is nervous with his fitness levels not up to scratch.The Jamaican is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract and becoming a professional footballer.last_img read more

Gearing up to do without oil

first_imgSTOCKHOLM, Sweden – U.S. President George W. Bush may have surprised international observers by pledging in his State of the Union address to break his country’s addiction to foreign oil – but Sweden was already one step ahead of him. The environmentally progressive Scandinavian nation has announced one of its most ambitious goals yet: to completely end its dependency on petroleum – and do it in the next 15 years. “Our dependency on oil should be broken by 2020,” said Mona Sahlin, the minister of Sustainable Development. The target – announced in September by Prime Minister Goran Persson – has been met with applause from environmental organizations, but also with great skepticism from some experts who think the target is unrealistic. Some tax breaks have already been introduced, while Persson has formed a special commission tasked with finding other ways to create a society independent of oil. The commission will present its first proposals this summer. As with Bush’s plan, no one is debating Sweden’s good intentions. “I don’t think this is realistic, but it is a good ambition,” said Kenneth Werling, chief executive of Agroetanol, which runs Sweden’s largest ethanol factory. “Maybe we can build a society that is less dependent on oil, and that is good in itself.” Sahlin, however, is confident Sweden can succeed. “Honestly, what is the alternative?” she said. “Wait and see when oil gets even more expensive?” Sahlin and other experts point to several factors that give Sweden better chances than most countries to phase out oil. The country of 9 million people has coastlines stretching hundreds of kilometers, which have given rise to a number of wind-power and water-power plants. A large new wind farm is being built off Sweden’s southern coast, expected to be online by 2009. Sweden also has more forest per capita than any other EU country, allowing it to burn tons of biomass, which has helped make it one of the world leaders in renewable energy. In 2003, 26 percent of the energy consumed in Sweden came from renewable sources – more than four times as much as the European Union average of 6 percent, according to EU statistics. Only 32 percent of its energy came from oil – down from 77 percent in 1970, according to Sweden’s own statistics. About one-third of Sweden’s energy is nuclear power, with the rest coming mainly from coal and natural gas. So while the EU is striving to double its average use of renewable energy to 12 percent by 2010, Sweden is correct in setting the bar much higher, said Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark. “Many countries are setting renewable energy targets. The difference with Sweden is that the targets are achievable rather than aspirational,” McGlade said. “This is because government departments across sectors in Sweden have built renewable energy into their long-term policies.” That is evident in Sweden’s system for heating houses and apartment buildings – a key function in a country where the harsh winter usually lasts up to five months. Many Swedish counties use district heating that distributes steam heat, often produced by burning garbage or wood. Today only 8 percent of Swedish houses are heated by oil, said Stefan Edman, an environmental adviser to the government. As of Jan. 1, those households get tax rebates if they switch to renewable sources. “I’m an optimist in that area,” Edman said. “I think we can completely get rid of oil there.” A much bigger challenge will be the transportation sector. Only 1 percent of the about 4 million vehicles on Swedish roads run on alternative fuels. But sales of so-called “environmental cars” that run on alternative fuel have almost doubled over the last year, and the parliament passed a law in December making it mandatory for all major gas stations to offer at least one alternative fuel at its pumps. Sweden already uses more ethanol per capita than any other EU country, because of a pilot project where about 5 percent ethanol is mixed into the gasoline sold at gas stations to reduce pollution, said Werling, the Agroetanol CEO. Regardless of whether Sweden or the United States succeed in their ambitions, they are likely to pave the way for more ambitious renewable energy targets elsewhere in the world, said George Sterzinger, executive director of the Renewable Energy Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working to boost the use of alternative fuels in the United States. “Society sets a goal, and in moving toward that goal, technology improves and you can set a better goal,” Sterzinger said. “Taking on that goal, it sets a sort of (example of) ‘If Sweden can do it, why can’t we?”‘ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Officials here acknowledge that getting rid of oil completely in such a short time is close to impossible, but the aim is to ensure that Swedes will never be forced to use fossil fuels because a renewable energy source is not available. “There shall always be better alternatives to oil, which means no house should need oil for heating, and no driver should need to turn solely to gasoline,” Sahlin told The Associated Press in an interview. The ambitious plan is a response to global climate change, rising petroleum prices and warnings by some experts that the world may soon be running out of oil. “We want to be both mentally and technically prepared” for a world without oil, said Martin Larsson, a senior administrative officer in the Ministry of Sustainable Development. “A lot of people think that in five to six years, a liter of gasoline may cost 20 kronor ($2.50). That would be a dramatic change, and a hard hit to a lot of households.” Today, the price is around $1.43 per liter. Persson has said the target will be reached by boosting research on alternative fuels, giving financial incentives for people switching to “green alternatives,” and increasing the annual electricity production from renewable sources by 15 terawatt hours by 2016. That figure equals nearly one-third of all the electricity used by Swedish industries in 2004. last_img read more

Match officials named for Donegal clash with Cork

first_imgCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: The match official for Donegal’s All-Ireland qualifier with Cork at Croke Park has been named. Roscommon’s Paddy Neilan will be the man in the middle as Donegal look to book their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.David Coldrick was the referee in Donegal’s last game, which was their Ulster SFC defeat to Tyrone. Many Donegal fans were unhappy with his performance – and felt he gave Tyrone a number of soft frees in the second-half.Some suggested he was trying to make amends for the two black cards he dished out to Tyrone in the first-half.Donegal will be hoping Paddy Neilan can deliver a strong performance in what will undoubtedly be a physical encounter on Saturday evening. Donegal face Cork at 4pm – while SP Barrett’s also takes his minor side into battle with the men from the Rebel County.Mayo and Westmeath face off at 6pm.Match officials named for Donegal clash with Cork was last modified: July 28th, 2016 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:CorkCroke ParkdonegalGAAPaddy NeilanrefereeSportlast_img read more

APPRENTICE STAR ATTACKS DANIEL AND LABELS HIM AN ‘IRISH CONTRACEPTIVE’

first_imgControversial former Apprentice star Katie Hopkins has stuck the knife into our Daniel!The motormouth commentator has called the Strictly Come Dancing star “an Irish contraceptive.”The Acid-tongued television personality made the remark about the singer on Twitter. Rihanoff has made headlines in the past for controversial romances with a number of her dancing partners from the show and recently been spotted hand-in-hand with former contestant, rugby star Ben Cohen.Hopkins is known for voicing her controversial opinions on Twitter, where she has 575,000 followers.Read the tweet below:Katie Hopkins ‏@KTHopkins  23h23 hours agoFinally #Strictly bosses see sense & issue Kristina with some Irish contraceptive. Cohen owes them big timeAPPRENTICE STAR ATTACKS DANIEL AND LABELS HIM AN ‘IRISH CONTRACEPTIVE’ was last modified: September 8th, 2015 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:daniel o’donnellDonega;KATIE HOPKINSStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

Gardai suspect Falcarragh housefire was deliberate

first_imgGardai are investigating a suspicious fire which gutted a home in the Falcarragh area.The house at Upper Dunmore was vacant at the time and nobody was injured during the blaze which happened on Thursday night last.Gardai say they have not ruled out that the fire may have been started maliciously. The house is owned by a local man but he has not been living at the house for some time.Anybody with any information is asked to contact Gardai at Milford Garda station.Gardai suspect Falcarragh housefire was deliberate was last modified: October 8th, 2019 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:Falcarraghfiresuspiciouslast_img read more

Dinosaur Extinction Rewritten Again

first_imgWho will go back and fix the animations?If the Chicxulub meteor finished off the dinosaurs, they were already on the edge anyway, a new theory proposes. The BBC News says dinosaurs were on the decline 50 million years before the impact. And why was that? With apologies to Bob Dylan, “A team suggests the creatures were in long-term decline because they could not cope with the ways Earth was changing.” Yes, music lovers, the times they were a-changing, just like climate change afflicts us today. “Your sons and your daughters /Are beyond your command,” Darwin told T. rex. “Your old road is rapidly agin’ / Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand / For the times they are a-changin’.” T. rex didn’t have much of a hand to lend anyway. Climate change had determined that it was time for the mammals to take center stage.The asteroid impact is commonly thought to have paved the way for mammals to take over. But the new study suggests that mammalian supremacy might have occurred eventually, without a space impact.Co-author Prof Mike Benton of Bristol University, told BBC News: “World climates were getting cooler all the time. Dinosaurs rely on quite warm climates and mammals are better adapted to the cold.“So there might have been a switch over in any case without the asteroid impact.““Might” makes right in evolutionary storytelling; the power of suggestion raises the perhapsimaybecouldness index. Earth needed to make “room for mammals,” Science Daily says. What better way than to chill out the dinos?Those interested in the case for dino decline can look at the paper in PNAS. It begins, “Whether dinosaurs were in decline before their final extinction 66 Mya has been debated for decades with no clear resolution.” But by using a “Bayesian phylogenetic approach to model the evolutionary dynamics of speciation and extinction through time,” they guarantee an evolutionary outcome (see DIGO in the Darwin Dictionary).Back to the Drawing BoardThis is most unfortunate for Darwinians, since they thought they finally had a flag up the pole everyone could salute: an asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. A team is even out there right now trying to drill into the impact site in the Yucatan. Is their work in vain? Not completely; the new study has a partial role for the impact, just not a complete one. It just gave dinosaurs the final shove.Brian Switek on National Geographic took the opportunity to review past “wild ideas” about the death of the dinosaurs. First, though,Here’s his list of previous “crazy conjectures” that came and went:Dinosaurs put too much energy into being big and spiky.They had a predetermined lifetime as a species, and time was up.They developed slipped discs.Their hormones got out of control.Their sex drives declined.They all got sick.They were afflicted with cataracts and couldn’t see the mammals taking over.They were just stupid.Caterpillars ate all the vegetation.They took up smoking [actually, that was Gary Larson’s theory on The Far Side]Before the laughing is over, Switek admits that the impact theory has problems of its own:While the giant impact is the most likely weapon in this ancient murder case, we know surprisingly little about how the strike translated into widespread death and destruction. Paleontologists have debated aspects of the impact’s ecological fallout ranging from blazing wildfires to an impenetrable cloud of debris in the atmosphere. But exactly what happened and how such environmental shocks would have killed some species while sparing others is still up for debate.Will future paleontologists consider the impact theory just another crazy conjection? Not likely; it has too much momentum to not survive this latest crisis. Previous studies, after all, had suggested the dinosaurs were not in decline; they were doing just fine up till the day of destruction. Others promote their pet theory that volcanoes did it. A new theory claims a “trickle of food” kept deep sea creatures alive during the catastrophe (Science Daily). That, however, doesn’t explain the land animals that survived. Whatever the theory, it has to explain the selective extinction of particular reptiles on land (dinosaurs), in the ocean (plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs) and in the air (pterosaurs), while leaving mammals, birds and everything else able to carry on amidst all the carrion.Selective OutrageSpeaking of climate change, the lead paleontologist promoting the new extinction theory found a way to blame humans. “Our study strongly indicates that if a group of animals is experiencing a fast pace of extinction more so than they can replace, then they are prone to annihilation once a major catastrophe occurs,” Dr. Manabu Sakamoto preaches. “This has huge implications for our current and future biodiversity, given the unprecedented speed at which species are going extinct owing to the ongoing human-caused climate change.” Those wishing to hear some diversity in opinion may wish to see Dr. Richard Lindzen, emeritus professor of atmospheric science at MIT, explain the current climate change debate in a short video on Prager University.Why is it, incidentally, that the scientific consensus is so intent on blaming the current apex predator (humans) for climate change, but never accuses the dinosaurs of the same ecological sin? Maybe they passed too much greenhouse gas. And why are impacts so bad, if they kickstarted life on Earth? (see Christian Schroeder thank comets for life on The Conversation).How Many Dinosaurs?Most dinosaur species are still undiscovered, Brian Switek says in another National Geographic piece. In a PLoS Paleo Blog, Jon Tennant shows diagrams from a new study that tries to count the species we know. Based on ecological models, researchers think we have probably found far less than half of the dinosaur species that existed—unless you count birds, which Tennant considers “just mostly a bit smaller and fluffier than their Mesozoic ancestors.”Evolutionists have a love/hate attitude about impacts. Asteroids and comets bring life, but they also destroy life. They do whatever the storyteller needs them to do; that’s why they are so useful for professional storytellers like Darwinians.The Flood model does a better job explaining (1) the selectivity of the extinction, (2) world-wide observations by humans of dinosaurs after the Flood, (3) the high level of intelligent design in dinosaur anatomy. But since it is not atheistic/materialistic, it cannot get traction in the Big Science cabal. (Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Consultants to get Medupi on track

first_img11 July 2013South African Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, saying he was “extremely disturbed” by further delays to the completion of Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station, has brought in independent consultants to get the state company’s build programme running efficiently.Speaking at the release of Eskom’s annual results in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Gigaba said the government had prioritised South Africa’s infrastructure programme as the key driver of job creation, skills development and the industrialisation of the economy.“The importance of delivering on capacity expansion projects to increase overall Eskom generating capacity cannot be understated. I’m extremely disturbed by these further delays being experienced.”Consultants’ brief ‘broader than Medupi’Gigaba said the Department of Public Enterprises had commissioned independent consultants to look at Eskom’s project management capabilities and assess the risks and cost escalations of the state company’s build programme.The scope of the consultants’ task was “broader than Medupi,” encompassing Eskom’s entire build programme, he said.The results of their study, expected in two months’ time, would help Eskom and the government to craft a way forward, Gigaba said, adding that the revised date for Medupi’s first power delivery “puts pressure” on South Africa’s already constrained electricity supply.Eskom announced on Monday that the first unit of the Medupi station was unlikely to deliver first power by the December 2013 delivery date, but was only likely to do so in the second half of 2014, due to technical as well as labour issues.Govt, Eskom to meet with contractorsMedupi, one of the two large coal-fired stations that Eskom is building, is a 4 764 MW coal-fired power station located near Lephalale. It will the first South African power station to have “super-critical” technology, and one of the world’s largest dry cooled stations, so it will much more efficient than older coal-fired stations.The other station, Kusile, is located in Mpumalanga province and will have the same technology but with the addition of flue-gas desulphurisation, a state-of-the art technology used to remove oxides of sulphur from the exhaust flue gases in power plants that burn coal or oil.Department of Public Enterprises Director-General Tseliso Matona and senior Eskom officials are to meet with Alstom – one of the major contractors at Medupi – in France in order to discuss the events of the Limpopo plant. The other major contractor is Hitachi.Gigaba on Wednesday expressed support for Eskom’s possible penalising of non-performing contractors, but added: “This doesn’t preclude other remedial actions. It is important to be forward thinking. The study will inform corrective action. We should not make rash decisions that could impact the build programme.”Profit ‘to be reinvested in the business’Eskom reported group revenue of R128.9-billion for the financial year ended 31 March 2013, up from R114.8-billion in 2012, an increase of 12.2%.Eskom said the results reflected the impact of the 16% tariff increase granted by the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) for 2012/13 and declining demand for electricity due to lower economic growth and industrial unrest.The utility said revenue growth had been offset by escalating operating expenditures, mainly due to an increase in primary energy costs.The utility’s net profit decreased from R13.2-billion in 2011-12 to R5.2-billion in 2012-13.The profits would be reinvested in the business, chief executive officer Brian Dames told Wednesday’s briefing, noting that Nersa’s decision to limit Eskom’s tariff increases would require new thinking from Eskom.The company had been able to keep the lights on, despite it being a tough year, he said, with Eskom for the first time conducting maintenance work at its plants over the winter period.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Deciding What Not to Do

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Because we live in an age where the digital tools provide infinite distractions, it is easy to get drawn away from your work by visual, audio, and written content designed to amuse and entertain you. Even though the social channels can be used for work, more and more they are less and less business-oriented in the content they provide.These entertaining distractions are not primarily to blame for pulling people away from their work. Instead, there are two other primary causes to blame. The first is things that look like real work but that don’t contribute to the result in a meaningful way. The second is work that belongs to someone else in some other department.Something Isn’t Being DoneThere is always something that needs to be done that isn’t being done. This idea, as simple as it is, is surprising to some. Because you are doing something, you tend not to think too much about what isn’t being done. It might also strike you as novel to think about choosing what isn’t getting done.There are emails from people inside your company, from your clients, and from other business associates that require your attention, even if only to provide you with some small bit of information you need. Your inbox has an endless stream of requests for your time and attention to certain business-related matters. Not many are cat videos, although you no doubt have friends and family that send you things that you’ll enjoyWhile you live in your inbox, something isn’t being done that has a greater impact on your results, and you are the one choosing to leave it undone. If you are in sales, putting email before prospecting is to trade opportunity creation for time spent on activities that have a low probability of resulting in you creating or winning a new opportunity. If you are in leadership, the inbox is no better, doing very little to move you and those in your charge toward the future you are building.This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t answer your email, but to make the point that what is most important should be done before things that are necessary but in no way enough when it comes to producing the results you need.If You Are Doing This, Who Is Doing ThatA lot of tasks find their way to people who don’t – and shouldn’t – own those tasks. Salespeople do not belong to operations, customer service, or accounting, yet they take orders from clients, solve customer service challenges (like chasing down shipments) and retyping invoices and generating reports their clients request. While you are doing work for other people and other departments, there is no one doing your work (unless you can ask the accounting department to make your cold calls while you retype invoices).Is what you are doing the most important thing you could be doing now, and is it going to do more than anything else to produce the result for which you are responsible?Are you intentional about what you are doing—and equally intentional about what you are not doing?If you feel like there is never enough time to do everything you need to do, it might serve you to first decide whether you should be doing something at all.last_img read more