Cal Newport on taking your life back from technology

I was asked recently to name a book that changed my life. The book I chose was Cal Newport’s “Deep Work,” and for the most literal of reasons: It’s changed how I lived my life. Particularly, it’s led me to stop scheduling morning meetings, and to preserve that time for more sustained, creative work. Which is all to say that I’m a bit obsessed with Newport’s work right now, and particularly his account of how the digital environment we inhabit is training us out of concentration and into distraction in…

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Which Travel Search Site Is Best It Depends on Your Goals

In the beginning, you called an airline or travel agent when you wanted to book a trip. But if you’ve done any traveling at all within the last 15 years, you’ve probably come across a fare aggregator or metasearch site. Hundreds of perfectly legitimate ones exist; you’ve undoubtedly heard of Expedia, Priceline and Hotwire, to name three. Does it matter which site you use, or are they all basically the same? These online travel agencies, or O.T.A.s, and search sites scrape data from other sources, reorganize it and present it…

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New president’s fans gather on National Mall for ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

A steady flow of red trucker hats snaked to checkpoints around the US Capitol and the National Mall on Friday morning to mark the transfer of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump. “I never thought I’d be here in the first place, but to be here for the election of Donald Trump, it’s incredible,” Ann Marie Sinisi, who came to Washington DC with her family for the inauguration from Queens, New York, the borough where the president-elect was born. Sinisi has been familiar with Trump since he was a…

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Seychelles marks annual growth of 42% on Indian arrivals

Seychelles recorded 42% annual increase in tourist arrivals from India in 2016 compared to 2015. Around 11,000 tourists from India visited Seychelles in 2016 compared to around 8,000 in 2015 and as a result India broke into the list of top 10 source markets for the tourism board. This increase can be attributed to the India tourist office’s committed focus on promotion of the destination, interest and efforts from the hotels and DMCs to capture the Indian market, increased customer awareness due to Bollywood associations and innovative digital presence along…

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FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG release white paper on “Business Travel in India”

FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG today released industry first insights via a white paper titled “Business Travel in India” Emerging Trends & Opportunities. With business travel rapidly evolving, and travel gradually emerging as the second-largest area of controllable business spend for corporates, the paper delivers a comprehensive look at where and how business travellers in India are spending. The report also details business travel spending in top 15 countries across multiple sectors over a period of five years. India is all poised to lead this growth and accordingly by 2030…

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Police in Bengaluru urged to investigate New Year attacks on women

Reports of sexual assaults on women revellers at New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bengaluru have spurred women’s rights activists to demand that police investigate. The attacks, reminiscent of those blamed on migrants in German cities last year, shocked many Indians, since Bengaluru, home to many well-educated professionals, is regarded as safer for women than the capital, New Delhi. Several women were groped and assaulted by a mob in the city’s central business district on Dec. 31 as they celebrated, according to a Reuters witness and a report in the Bangalore…

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Army of 6,000 foreign and Syrian fighters plan attack on east Aleppo

As the most intensive air bombardment of the war has rained down on opposition-held east Aleppo this week, an army of some 6,000 pro-government fighters has gathered on its outskirts for what they plan will be an imminent, decisive advance. Among those poised to attack are hundreds of Syrian troops who have eyed the city from distant fixed positions since it was seized by Syrian rebels in mid-2012. But in far greater numbers are an estimated 5,000 foreign fighters who will play a defining role in the battle – and…

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Universities UK presses for clarity on EU student admissions

President of UUK and vice chancellor of the University of Kent, Dame Julia Goodfellow, urged the government to take immediate action to reassure EU students applying to study in 2017 that they would pay the same fees and access the same financial support throughout their studies and, therefore, “prevent a likely sudden decline in EU student applications”. “This issue is urgent. UCAS applications opened yesterday for the 2017/18 intake and EU students are almost twice as likely as UK students to apply very early for those courses with October deadlines.”…

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Student unions sign global accord on HE values

The Bergen Declaration, led by the European Students’ Union and the Norwegian students’ union, Norsk studentorganisasjon, lays out a set of joint principles for what education and student rights should look like. “The Bergen Declaration sets the foundations from which a global student movement can be shaped” “We believe that quality education should be free and inclusive for all, and our education systems should be democratic, built on the principles of academic freedom, and where all students have the right to representation and to self organise,” it reads. It sets out a…

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Is Apple Working On A Tank? Bizarre New Patent

Sketches filed in a patent bearing the company’s name show an articulated vehicle which runs on tracks. The vehicle is in two parts and is joined in the middle, similar to a bendy bus. The application is specifically for the steering mechanism, but the tank design itself caused a flutter of excitement in the tech world. But since the patent was spotted the law firm that handles Apple’s patents says the patent is not Apple’s at all, and blamed a typing error. Law firm Morrison and Foerster said the patent instead…

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