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HOW TO KEEP YOUR BUSINESS BRAIN SHARP
While they can often be stressful, working environments are central to personal growth. Crucially, despite their frantic nature, it’s possible to find time to work on yourself.
In modern-day society, it’s integral that those in business stay at the top of their games. However, because of the pressures of the working world, this isn’t always easy. That being said, there are many ways that people can improve and develop their skills during the working day. So, let’s take a look at some ways to keep your business brain sharp.

Make Schedules and Prioritise

Given the busy and competitive nature of business in the 21st century, it’s integral that those employed within a professional environment work on their time-management skills. Fundamentally, because of the financial implications of business, possessing refined organisational skills could play a pivotal role in maximising profits. It’s because of this that being able to effectively manage time is of utmost importance.

This is due to the fact that developing and sticking to a well-thought-out schedule heightens the possibility of accomplishing more in shorter periods of time. Moreover, according to a blog post by AppointmentPlus, enhanced organisation can be the catalyst for improved decision making and stress reduction.

Furthermore, as well as the above, scheduling can be instrumental in developing a system that is based on the prioritisation of various tasks. Although it may not seem like it, all responsibilities involved in business aren’t equally necessary as some will likely require far more urgency.

Through adopting this approach, it enables your business brain to stay sharp by eradicating the feeling of being continually hampered by strict deadlines. Additionally, prioritising helps minimise the prospect of becoming sidetracked through providing a clear task-orientated focus.

Allow Yourself to Have Several Breaks During the Day

While, as showcased above, many office-based alterations can be made to ensure that your business brain stays sharp, it’s also beneficial to allow time to step away from work throughout the day. Regardless of the industry, there are few jobs where performance won’t improve through taking short, regular intervals during a shift. Crucially, the primary reason that this is often advised is because it helps to combat boredom.

Interestingly, however, depending on how you choose to fill your breaks, that time away from work can prove advantageous regarding improving personal skills. For example, some people may opt to spend five or ten minutes working on something that stimulates their brain and enhances their critical thinking in addition to being an escape from the professional business world, such as a jigsaw or Rubik’s Cube.

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Along with the above options, video games could also be beneficial during intervals as they can, according to ScienceDaily, increase the size and efficiency of brain regions related to visuospatial skills. Following the rise of digitalisation and the emergence of mobile gaming, accessing contemporary titles is undoubtedly more convenient than ever before.

This is evident within the iGaming sector, as the games at the platforms listed at BonusFinder are easy and fast to access. Intriguingly, smartphone-friendly operators, like PartyCasino, offer sign-up bonuses, along with free spins, on a wide array of traditional casino variants, including poker. Fundamentally, because of the tactical nature of the table-based game, it can help to sharpen personal abilities related to decision-making processes in various aspects of business.

You Can Always Keep Your Brain Sharp

Ultimately, because of the advanced society that we find ourselves in, there are always convenient developments that can help to keep business brains on top form. Although each person will find that some approaches may be more beneficial than others, the above suggestions will help to take your mind off work while also keeping it active.

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Along with the above options, video games could also be beneficial during intervals as they can, according to ScienceDaily, increase the size and efficiency of brain regions related to visuospatial skills. Following the rise of digitalisation and the emergence of mobile gaming, accessing contemporary titles is undoubtedly more convenient than ever before.

This is evident within the iGaming sector, as the games at the platforms listed at BonusFinder are easy and fast to access. Intriguingly, smartphone-friendly operators, like PartyCasino, offer sign-up bonuses, along with free spins, on a wide array of traditional casino variants, including poker. Fundamentally, because of the tactical nature of the table-based game, it can help to sharpen personal abilities related to decision-making processes in various aspects of business.

You Can Always Keep Your Brain Sharp

Ultimately, because of the advanced society that we find ourselves in, there are always convenient developments that can help to keep business brains on top form. Although each person will find that some approaches may be more beneficial than others, the above suggestions will help to take your mind off work while also keeping it active.

Published: 29/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

Damage from missed school months could be 'irreversible'

Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, warned the harm to children being out of school during the coronavirus crisis could be “irreversible”.

Speaking in a pre-recorded interview for Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, she said: “I think if we look at how quickly the Government was able to construct a whole hospital, think of the Nightingale Hospital, within days, there are questions to be reached why couldn’t have similar efforts been made for children and for education.

“The harms being done by children out of the educational system for so many months are incredible, in the sense that… will you be able to get that time back?

“Some of it is irreversible in terms of the damage being done to children.”

She warned that scientists were “extremely concerned” about a second wave of coronavirus in the winter and argued that the summer was the time to “crunch the curve” and drive cases down so schools could reopen.

Prof Sridhar added: “If you have numbers circulating too high or possibly they start to increase and creep up it becomes difficult because you can’t have everything open then.”

Published: 28/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

'Toothless' gambling watchdog failing to protect the public – claim

The “toothless” gambling regulator and the government department in charge of overseeing the industry are failing to protect consumers, including children and vulnerable adults, a scathing report has warned.

Penalties for companies which are not tackling problem gambling are weak and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been complacent when it comes to ensuring effective regulation in an industry which is expanding and moving online, the Public Accounts Committee said.

Both the department and the Gambling Commission have an “unacceptably weak understanding of the impact gambling harms has on people” the committee said, adding that the bodies’ efforts have “lagged behind developments in the industry, public attitudes and even parliamentary efforts”.

While there are an estimated 395,000 problem gamblers in the UK, according to the committee, there are a further 1.8 million people considered “at risk”.

The fallout from gambling addiction can have a widespread and “devastating” impact, it said, ranging from relationship breakdowns to criminality or even suicide.

The Commission must be “far quicker” in responding to problems and more proactive in demanding the industry treat consumers better, “particularly where it has identified potential problems such as during the Covid-19 lockdown”, the report said.

It called on the regulator to work quickly to improve the data it collects “to know what is going wrong for consumers and develop better information on its own performance to determine whether it is being effective or not”.

The report added: “The Commission’s ability to protect consumers, particularly children and vulnerable adults, is also fundamentally constrained by inflexible funding and an outdated legal and regulatory framework that can reduce regulatory funding the larger the major gambling firms get.”

It said the Government’s manifesto commitment to review the Gambling Act is a chance to consider how to address these issues but also to look at how “efficient and effective regulation” can be better implemented to protect the vulnerable, ensure fair play, and reduce criminality.

Public Accounts Committee chairwoman Meg Hillier said: “What has emerged in evidence is a picture of a torpid, toothless regulator that doesn’t seem terribly interested in either the harms it exists to reduce or the means it might use to achieve that.

“The Commission needs a radical overhaul: it must be quicker at responding to problems, update company licence conditions to protect vulnerable consumers, and beef up those consumers’ rights to redress when it fails.”

She added: “The issue of gambling harm is not high enough up the Government’s agenda. The review of the Gambling Act is long overdue and an opportunity to see a step change in how problem gambling is treated.

“The department must not keep dragging its feet; we need to see urgent moves on the badly needed overhaul of the system.

“Regulatory failure this comprehensive needs a quick pincer movement to expose the miscreants and strengthen those they harm.”

Published: 28/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

Starmer 'a better leader than me' says Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband mocked himself as he insisted Sir Keir Starmer is “definitely” a better Labour Party leader than him.

The MP joked he never achieved the same approval ratings as Sir Keir and expressed no doubt about his successor’s potential in the post when challenged on the Andrew Marr Show.

Mr Miliband resigned as Labour leader in 2015 after his party’s crushing election defeat.

Labour lost many seats to the SNP in Scotland as Conservative David Cameron secured a surprise 12-seat majority.

Mr Miliband returned to the backbenches during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership before Sir Keir made him shadow business secretary in April this year.

As his interview on the BBC neared its conclusion, Mr Marr said: “One slightly mean question to end with.”

Mr Miliband replied: “Gosh yes, go on, you’ve asked me many mean questions over the years.”

Mr Marr went on: “Here’s another one. You’ve seen Keir Starmer now in operation for a few months.

“Is he going to be a better leader of the Labour Party than you?”

Mr Miliband replied: “Definitely. I think you’ve seen that already.”

He laughed as he added: “Look, I certainly never had his approval ratings.

“I think he’s made a great start. I think he’s shown not just competence but the kind of seriousness that this crisis demands.

“I think the more people see of him the more they’ll see the integrity, the principle and decency I know really well.”

Published: 28/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

Police name Glasgow attack suspect
Police have named the man shot by officers during an attack in Glasgow on Friday as Badreddin Abadlla Adam, 28, from Sudan.
In a statement on Twitter, Police Scotland said the identity is “based on information the deceased provided to the Home Office earlier this year”.

Six people were injured, including a police officer, in the attack at the Park Inn Hotel in West George Street.

In a statement on Twitter, Police Scotland said it “will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident in Glasgow”.

It added: “The police discharge of firearms resulting in a fatality will also continue to be fully investigated by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).

“Both of these inquiries, which take place under the direction of the Lord Advocate, are ongoing and it would not be appropriate to speculate either about the events or the outcomes of these investigations.”

Earlier, the police officer injured in the knife attack thanked his colleagues for saving lives.

Constable David Whyte, 42, was one of six people injured during the incident at the Park Inn Hotel in West George Street on Friday, in which a male suspect was shot and killed by police.

Three of the other people who were injured are asylum seekers, Police Scotland said, while two are members of staff.

All remain in hospital, one in a critical but stable condition, the others in a stable condition.

In a statement posted on Twitter by Police Scotland, Mr Whyte said the scene officers attending the incident were confronted with is something he will never forget.

He added: “As the first responders on scene, myself and my colleague did what all police officers are trained for, to save lives.”

The officer, who remains in a stable condition, thanked his colleagues who “put themselves in harm’s way to contain this incident and assist with the vital treatment given to myself and others at the scene by other emergency services”.

Mr Whyte added: “Despite suffering serious injuries myself, I know that the swift actions of colleagues saved lives and prevented a far more serious incident.

“I would like to thank the medical staff at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for their outstanding care in the hours following this incident.

“Finally, I would like to thank the public for all their kind messages of support and for the good wishes from all at Police Scotland. It means a lot and has brought both myself and my family great comfort at this difficult time.”

The constable also asked that his privacy be respected.

Police Scotland, which has said the attack is not being treated as terrorism, has launched an appeal for any witnesses to come forward.

Officers were called to the hotel at 12.50pm and the incident was “quickly contained”, the force said.

The suspect was shot by an armed unit and died at the scene.

Following an update from Police Scotland on Saturday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “My thoughts today remain with Constable Whyte – whose bravery we are all deeply grateful for – and the other people who sustained injuries in yesterday’s terrible incident. I wish them all a full and speedy recovery.”

The Park Inn hotel was being used to house asylum seekers. All of those injured are aged between 17 and 53.

Meanwhile, a man who said he knew the perpetrator claimed he warned of the attack the night before.

Giving his name as Siraj, he told ITV: “He said ‘I will attack’ so everyone should take it seriously.

“I told him ‘no, there’s no need to attack’ and he said ‘they hate me, I hate them, they are against me’.

“He started to say a lot of stuff like that but I said nobody hates you, nobody knows you, nobody knows each other.

“I reported him to the hotel reception and then the next day, yesterday morning, the housing manager talked to me and I said to him everything he (the attacker) said to me. And in the afternoon, it happened.”

Published: 28/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

PM outlines infrastructure plan to kick-start economy
The PM is set to use the inspiration of the national coronavirus response to fast track major building projects across the country.
Laying out his vision for the country’s post-Covid revival, Boris Johnson will use a speech on Tuesday to announce the creation of a taskforce to accelerate the building of schools, hospitals, roads and even prisons.

Downing Street said the rush at which the NHS Nightingale hospitals were created across the country inspired Mr Johnson to set up the infrastructure delivery taskforce, which will be chaired by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

The group will be told that there are “now no excuses for delays” to building programmes after the country demonstrated it can move at pace during a national emergency.

The body will sift through the blueprints of major infrastructure projects in the pipeline and look to iron out any inefficiencies which could hold-up their delivery and stall the country in getting back on track.

Known as “Project Speed” among officials, the taskforce will asked to assess building programmes in every city, town and village to ensure communities across the country can benefit more quickly from the improvements that infrastructure brings, Government sources said.

“The coronavirus response has shown that it doesn’t have to take years to get essential projects off the ground – the Nightingale hospitals and ventilator challenge were up and running in a matter of weeks,” said a Downing Street spokesman.

“As we recover from the pandemic we must apply that same urgency to the major projects at the foundations of this country and get them done right, to truly level up opportunity across the UK.

“There’s now no excuse for delays. Infrastructure has the power to rebuild and repair our country – and we will do it better, faster and more strategically than before.”

The Government hopes a building boom will boost jobs and improve connectivity as it looks to drive an economic recovery after the pandemic.

Multiple reports suggest Mr Johnson is preparing to unveil “billions” of pounds of funding next week as he looks to deliver on election pledges, which include paying for 40 new hospitals, 10,000 prison places and a school rebuilding programme.

Officials said Mr Johnson wanted to reclaim the UK’s “proud heritage” of building outstanding infrastructure, pointing to the way Victorians pioneered the railways and the ingenuity of the Thames Barrier that protects millions of Londoners from flooding.

It comes as reports suggested a further one million people could become jobless if further Government support is not announced by August, adding to the £2.8 million already out of work.

The Observer reported that new House of Commons Library analysis indicated that unemployment levels could soar to levels not seen since the 1980s, tipping past the peak of 3.3 million seen in 1984 under Margaret Thatcher’s reign.

Number 10’s confirmation of an infrastructure drive follows a call by ex-Tory prime minister Sir John Major for tax rises to be avoided while the country looks to get back on its feet.

Sir John, speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, said tax rises during the current situation would be a “mistake” and urged the Government to borrow in order to exploit the low interest rates available at present.

The former chancellor said: “I think to put up taxes before the economy has recovered, which may take a while, would in my view be a mistake.

“But, over time, I think there is little doubt that taxes are going to rise.

“For the moment, because interest rates are so low and likely to remain so, it is possible for borrowing to take the strain in the way it couldn’t have done a quarter of a century ago.”

Downing Street said membership of the infrastructure delivery taskforce would be set out “in due course”.

Published: 28/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

Maguire goal sends United into semi finals
Harry Maguire sent Manchester United into the FA Cup semi-finals as they made hard work of their extra-time victory at 10-man Norwich.
The Red Devils became the first side to secure their place in Sunday’s draw as they edged past the Canaries, who were dreaming of Wembley on their first quarter-final appearance since 1991-92.

Norwich were just minutes away from a penalty shootout after holding firm in extra-time following Timm Klose’s sending off, but Maguire directed home at the death to seal a hard-earned 2-1 win at Carrow Road.

Much-changed United were made to dig deeper than they could have imagined by the Premier League’s bottom side, who rallied impressively after falling behind to Odion Ighalo’s smart swivelled finish early in the second half.

Todd Cantwell levelled in the 75th minute when beating Sergio Romero from distance and Daniel Farke’s side looked capable of snatching it before Klose was sent off for wrestling Ighalo to the ground.

Norwich took the game to extra-time and Tim Krul put in an inspired performance between the sticks, but the penalty specialist was denied a chance to win another shootout when Maguire directed home in the 118th minute.

Solskjaer’s eight alterations from the impressive 3-0 midweek win against Sheffield United removed any semblance of coherence and momentum during a first half that felt more like a friendly than a shot at the FA Cup semi-finals.

There was precious little intensity and drive from either side during a desperate first period in which United failing to find the target with their eight attempts and Norwich failing to test back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero with their five.

Maguire’s block when Lukas Rupp let rip late on was the best chance of a lacklustre occasion brought to life six minutes into the second half.

Luke Shaw made room down the left and crossed for Juan Mata, whose deflected effort looped up and Ighalo swivelled to smartly direct past Krul.

The Nigeria international showed great technique to turn home his fifth goal in four starts, with Jesse Lingard seeing an attempt blocked before being replaced by Marcus Rashford.

But as the visitors looked to put the tie to bed, Norwich began to look more dangerous and Alexander Tettey met a free-kick with a header inadvertently blocked by team-mate Ben Godfrey.

It was a warning shot that Solskjaer’s men failed to heed as Cantwell took aim from 25 yards and perhaps too easily beat Romero.

Greenwood tried to quickly put United back in front and Paul Pogba was introduced, but Farke’s side were in the ascendancy as Romero dealt with a threatening cross and Emi Buendia struck across the face of goal.

Brandon Williams produced a timely block to thwart Onel Hernandez, but Norwich’s hopes took a major blow just as their momentum was building.

Bruno Fernandes’ inspired flick put Ighalo through on goal, with Klose given a straight red card by referee Jon Moss after grabbing hold of the striker to prevent him going through on goal in the 89th minute.

United were unable to hurt Norwich from the resulting free-kick, with Krul impressively denying Pogba and Greenwood in quick succession to take the match into extra-time.

Norwich had their backs to the wall when play resumed.

Rashford and Pogba were denied in the first period, which saw United become the first team in English football history to make six substitutions in one match as Solskjaer turned to Anthony Martial.

Krul produced a brilliant save to prevent Maguire heading home in the second period, with Fernandes testing the Norwich keeper from distance as United upped the ante.

But just as the Canaries looked set to hold out for spot-kicks, Pogba’s smart pass caused havoc and the ball eventually fell for Maguire to direct home from six yards out.

Published: 28/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

Companies have hit rock bottom since lockdown
Firms have hit “rock bottom” as a result of the economic lockdown and expect a slower fall in activity in the next few months.
The CBI said its study showed that private sector activity fell at its fastest pace on record in the three months to June, especially in consumer services.

Manufacturing output also continued to decline heavily, the survey of over 900 firms indicated.

A slower pace of decline is expected over the next quarter although businesses have concerns about being able to fully reopen, said the report.

Issues raised include a lack of demand, staff absences due to school closures and transport difficulties.

Alpesh Paleja, CBI lead economist, said: “These figures show the full impact of coronavirus on the economy after three months of shutdown. However, there are signs that we’ve hit rock bottom, with firms expecting a slower fall in activity over the next three months.

“Clearly tackling the lack of customer and client demand will be critical to economic revival. Businesses have highlighted several ways in which the Government can support them further – extending grant support schemes, widening business rates relief and further deferral of VAT payments.

“Despite challenges, most businesses believe remaining operational under social distancing is feasible. We now need continued co-operation between Government, business and civil society to steer our economy towards a sustainable and long-lasting recovery.”

Published: 28/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

Ireland's first-ever coalition government takes shape

Civil War politics has ended in Ireland’s parliament, after political rivals agreed to form a historic governing coalition, Leo Varadkar has said.

Micheal Martin has been confirmed as Taoiseach.

Mr Martin’s Fianna Fail won the most seats in February’s inconclusive general election, and his appointment as Taoiseach represents the culmination of 30 years in mainstream political life.

As Mr Varadkar hands the reins to his former political rival, he told the Dail, which is sitting in the Convention Centre, that it is “an historic occasion”.

“I believe Civil War politics ended a long time ago in our country, but today Civil War politics ends in our parliament,” Mr Varadkar said.

“Two great parties coming together with another great party, the Green Party, to offer what this country needs, a stable government for the betterment of our country and for the betterment of our world.

“I look forward to the privilege of serving in government with those two parties, as does my party.

“For my own party Fine Gael, it’s an opportunity, a third term in government, something we’ve never been able to do before, three consecutive terms.

“The chance to protect what has been achieved and secured over the past nine years and also a second chance, an opportunity to get right some of the things that we didn’t get right in the years gone by.

“I’m up for that challenge.”

Proposing Mr Martin for Taoiseach, Fianna Fail TD Norma Foley said it was an honour to nominate him.

“When we look at the record of Deputy Micheal Martin you must give credit to the man. When we look at his record in government and his time in office he was a progressive and reforming minister for education and foreign affairs.

“Deputy Micheal Martin has a valiant record of delivering for this free Republic.

“The programme for government agreed by Fianna Fail is a progressive programme for change. Deputy Micheal Martin has the talent and tenacity we need to lead the country with distinction.”

However, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said February was the change election, and Sinn Fein won more votes than any other party.

She said Fianna Fail and Fine Gael conspired against the party to exclude it from government, and the voices of more than half a million people who voted for them.

She described the coalition between the two parties as a “marriage of convenience”.

“Faced with the prospect of losing their grip on power, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have circled the wagons,” she said.

Detailed negotiations on an agreement on shared priorities with Fine Gael and the smaller Green Party have been delayed by the coronavirus crisis.

Firm targets for reducing carbon emissions and encouraging sustainable transport, as well as helping the country recover from economic harm caused by infection restrictions, will be among the new administration’s priorities.

The Dail is meeting in the unusual surroundings of a glass-fronted convention centre on Dublin’s River Liffey.

The temporary change of venue from Leinster House is to enable social distancing and to allow all 160 public representatives to sit.

Mr Martin will later meet Irish President Michael D Higgins at Dublin Castle to receive his seal of office.

Ministers are also due to be appointed later on Saturday.

Mr Martin will take over from Leo Varadkar in a historic reconciliation of a political feud with Fine Gael dating back to the foundation of the state a century ago.

Fine Gael are due to retrieve the Taoiseach’s role at the end of 2022 under the terms of the coalition agreement.

The two larger parties needed the support of the Greens to have a working majority in the Irish parliament, equating to about 80 seats, underpinning an extended period in office.

After weeks of talks, proposals on coalition were put to party memberships and results declared on Friday.

Fine Gael resoundingly endorsed them with 80% in favour. Fianna Fail recorded 74%.

The Greens’ support was the subject of speculation as it consulted its members, but 76% decided in favour.

Among the first tasks of the Irish Government will be to renew legislation enabling the non-jury Special Criminal Court to continue dealing with serious organised crime in the Republic.

The effect of Brexit and rebuilding an economy plunged by the virus into what some commentators believe will be one of the worst ever recessions will also be pressing challenges.

Sinn Fein won the popular vote in last winter’s proportional representation election, through an appeal to the young and buoyed by anger at the cost of housing and flaws in the health system.

It did not run enough candidates to fully translate votes into seats and was unable to form a “coalition of the left” with other parties of similar views, but will now lead the opposition.

Published: 27/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub

Glasgow – Injured policeman 'stable' after knife attack

The police officer who was injured in a knife attack at a Glasgow hotel on Friday is now in a stable condition.

Constable David Whyte, 42, was one of six people injured during the incident at the Park Inn Hotel in West George Street on Friday, in which a male suspect was shot and killed by police.

Three of the other people who were injured were asylum seekers, Police Scotland said, while two were members of staff.

All remain in hospital, one in a critical but stable condition, the others in a stable condition.

Mr Whyte’s condition was initially described as critical but stable.

On Saturday, Police Scotland, which has said the attack is not being treated as terrorism, launched an appeal for any witnesses to come forward.

Officers were called to the hotel at 12.50pm and the incident was “quickly contained”, the force said.

The suspect was shot by an armed unit and died at the scene.

Following an update from Police Scotland on Saturday, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “My thoughts today remain with Constable Whyte – whose bravery we are all deeply grateful for – and the other people who sustained injuries in yesterday’s terrible incident. I wish them all a full and speedy recovery.”

The Park Inn hotel was being used to house asylum seekers.

The six injured men are aged between 17 and 53.

Three of the injured people are being treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and another three are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Published: 27/06/2020 by Radio NewsHub


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