• Teutonic knights thundered across the ice on horseback to conquer the isles in the 13th Century. Villages here have been constructed by pulling supplies across from the mainland. Bears, wolves and moose venture to and from the islands in search of food.

    These days locals look forward to the ice-driving season as it provides a cheaper and more convenient method of travel, compared to paying for passage on a vehicle ferry.

    The traffic light turns green, and timidly I drive out onto the surface of the sea.

    It's bumpy and slippery at the same time. A speed sign instructs me to drive at 70km/h (43mph), and as I accelerate the speedometer needle passes through the danger zone of 25-40km/h.

    The ice surface stays firm. Perhaps the vibration warning is a myth, but I'm not willing to challenge it.

    Huge cracks

    Once I'm speeding along the ice road, I understand why locals have no compunction about using it.

    It feels incredibly safe. It's rough in some stretches, and slushy and slidy in others, but never do you have the sensation that the surface could give way.
    Ship on the horizon
    A ship appears to be driving across a white field

    At some points the track has deteriorated and large potholes have formed. Hitting these sends a jolt through the car and a huge spray of water and ice across the windscreen.

    The road is marked out by juniper bushes about a metre high, which have been staked at wide intervals. In poor visibility, these shrubs are only means of finding the safe route across.

    Huge cracks occasionally appear - not enough to break up the ice, but wide enough to create impassable gaps. At these points, the road controllers fix wooden planks as bridges.

    On a sunny day like this one, the view is stunning. A desert of brilliant white stretches out in all directions. Small islands dotted about the bay appear as oases on the horizon.


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  • Is it possible that there are basic myths and lies that are ruining your life, holding back your career or justifying an unhappy or unfulfilled life?

     

    The little things we believe or tell ourselves can go a long way toward derailing our success, according to several LinkedIn Influencers, who weighed in on the topic this week. Here’s what two of them had to say.

     

    Greg McKeown, author and Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum

     

    Why do capable people fail to break through to the next level? It’s a question McKeown began pursuing an answer to when he quit law school 15 years ago. “The answer to the question, to my great surprise, is success,” he wrote in his post 12 Myths that Lead to a Busy, Unfulfilling Life.

     

    He first noticed the phenomenon when working with executives in successful Silicon Valley companies. “The success bred options and opportunities which undermined the very focus that led to success in the first place. In other words, I found that success can be a catalyst for failure,” McKeown wrote. What often happens, he contended, is that successful people get distracted by trivial things.

     

    “If we’re not careful, our lives become dictated by ideas which sound convincing at some level but are really myths,” he wrote. He pointed to 12 big myths that can lead to a stressful, unsatisfying career and life.

     

    Among them:

     

    “If everyone is doing it then I need to do it. Let the fear of missing out consume you. Buy into the cultural bubble that glorifies being busy and checking social media and email constantly. Don’t pay attention to the quiet voice telling you a different life is possible. Just go with the crowd,” he wrote. The truth, “There is a joy in missing out. Discover it.”

     

    “I’ll stay up late and get it done. If you ever mention sleep to someone remember to talk about how little you’ve had lately. Boast about getting five hours last night, or about how you pulled an all-nighter earlier this week. It’s okay to be tired and to admit it. But don’t show weakness—or worse, laziness— by suggesting you need a full eight hours,” he wrote. The truth, he wrote, “Sleep is for high performers.”

     

    “I have plenty of time left to get to that. Of course you aren’t doing exactly what you feel like should be doing, but there will be time to do what you want to do after you’re finished doing what you have to do. You’ll get to it later. It’s a long life,” he wrote. The truth: “Life is pathetically short.”

     

    The overarching lesson is simple, McKeown wrote. “When organising your life, there are only two options: The disciplined pursuit of the essential or the undisciplined pursuit of the nonessential,” he wrote. “And that matters because if you don’t prioritise your life, someone else will.”

     

    Theresa Sullivan, career coach at Wayfinder Advisors

     


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  • Is it possible that there are basic myths and lies that are ruining your life, holding back your career or justifying an unhappy or unfulfilled life?

     

    The little things we believe or tell ourselves can go a long way toward derailing our success, according to several LinkedIn Influencers, who weighed in on the topic this week. Here’s what two of them had to say.

     

    Greg McKeown, author and Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum

     

    Why do capable people fail to break through to the next level? It’s a question McKeown began pursuing an answer to when he quit law school 15 years ago. “The answer to the question, to my great surprise, is success,” he wrote in his post 12 Myths that Lead to a Busy, Unfulfilling Life.

     

    He first noticed the phenomenon when working with executives in successful Silicon Valley companies. “The success bred options and opportunities which undermined the very focus that led to success in the first place. In other words, I found that success can be a catalyst for failure,” McKeown wrote. What often happens, he contended, is that successful people get distracted by trivial things.

     

    “If we’re not careful, our lives become dictated by ideas which sound convincing at some level but are really myths,” he wrote. He pointed to 12 big myths that can lead to a stressful, unsatisfying career and life.

     

    Among them:

     

    “If everyone is doing it then I need to do it. Let the fear of missing out consume you. Buy into the cultural bubble that glorifies being busy and checking social media and email constantly. Don’t pay attention to the quiet voice telling you a different life is possible. Just go with the crowd,” he wrote. The truth, “There is a joy in missing out. Discover it.”雪纖瘦

     

    “I’ll stay up late and get it done. If you ever mention sleep to someone remember to talk about how little you’ve had lately. Boast about getting five hours last night, or about how you pulled an all-nighter earlier this week. It’s okay to be tired and to admit it. But don’t show weakness—or worse, laziness— by suggesting you need a full eight hours,” he wrote. The truth, he wrote, “Sleep is for high performers.”康婷清脂素

     

    “I have plenty of time left to get to that. Of course you aren’t doing exactly what you feel like should be doing, but there will be time to do what you want to do after you’re finished doing what you have to do. You’ll get to it later. It’s a long life,” he wrote. The truth: “Life is pathetically short.”

     

    The overarching lesson is simple, McKeown wrote. “When organising your life, there are only two options: The disciplined pursuit of the essential or the undisciplined pursuit of the nonessential,” he wrote. “And that matters because if you don’t prioritise your life, someone else will.”

     

    Theresa Sullivan, career coach at Wayfinder Advisors

     

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  • kgienk245gew In 1997, a London academic published a startling vision on how humans will live in the future. Professor Michael Batty, a renowned urban planner, summed it up in one phrase: “The Computable City”. By 2050, he says, there will be a “massive convergence” of computers and communications technologies, with highways and “smart buildings” connected via the internet in new kinds of vast information infrastructures. “Everything around us,” he wrote, “will be some form of computer.”

    Huawei Enterprise

     

     

     

    Huawei's strategy focuses on close cooperation and integration with partners to deliver a range of customer-centric ICT solutions and services that are based on an understanding of customer needs. We offer a portfolio of ICT solutions that cater to global vertical industry and enterprise customers across government and public sector, finance, transportation, energy, large enterprises and SMEs.

    Professor Michael Batty was one of the first people to recognise a new concept – that of a “smart city”.

     

    His only mistake was underestimating just how quickly such a vision would become reality.

     

    According to a UN World Urbanization Prospects Report in 2011, 3.6 billion – over half of the world’s population – already live in cities. This will rise to more than 6.3 billion people, or 75% of the population, by 2050.

     

    Such rapid urbanisation places enormous pressure on transport networks, emergency services and utilities, some of which are already stretched to capacity.

     

    To meet this challenge, more than 2,500 cities around the globe already have “smart” projects in progress – each collating vast amounts of data on municipal functions such as transportation, healthcare, public safety, utilities and governance.

     

    This data is not just collected from more obvious information sources, such as traffic cameras or the inhabitants themselves, but increasingly from sensors attached to streetlights, buses and rubbish bins, and even buried in the roads themselves.

     

    Piece by piece, this so-called “internet of things” is helping to build cities that organise themselves – reacting to everything from a leaking water pipe to a motorway pile-up – and coordinate resources automatically.

     

    All of these systems will inevitably necessitate an explosion of sophisticated new technology – the likes of which even Prof Batty may not have foreseen.

     

    Smart cities in action

     

    Take the old Spanish port city of Santander, for example. After an €11m European Union grant in 2011, over 12,000 sensors have been installed, recording everything from air pollution levels to free parking spaces.

     

    Streetlights now automatically dim when no one is around, while rubbish bins notify collectors when they’re full. These advances save local authorities about 25% on electricity bills and 20% on waste management.

     

    This data has to be collated with a huge information infrastructure – in this case, the vast cloud computing servers of what Santander calls its “command-and-control centre”.

     

    In a smart city, the information being produced is vast. Some experts estimate that by 2016 we will generate 4.1 terabytes of information per day per square kilometre (or 10.1 terabytes per square mile) of urbanised land area – the equivalent of more than four average home computer harddrives.

     

    But the Santander centre’s purpose is not just to serve the local government. It also makes this sensor data freely available to Santander citizens themselves. Via their smartphones, residents can access up-to-the-minute information on everything from local traffic congestion, parking availability or even pollen counts.

     

    Other smart city projects are even more diverse. In Norway, for example, more than 40,000 bus stops for local transport company Kolumbus are already making scheduling announcements via Twitter. Passengers can also scan a type of two-dimensional barcode, known as a Quick Response (QR) Code, affixed to each stop and leave messages about their experiences.

     

    While in Boston, a system called ShotSpotter is using acoustic sensors to detect and pinpoint the location of gunshots, helping police reduce crime.


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    Le 4gewe3g6edge niveau de vie des plus favorisés a progressé tandis que celui des plus pauvres ne s'est pas amélioré…

       

      Des riches de plus en plus riches et des pauvres de plus en plus pauvres : les inégalités de niveaux de vie ont augmenté en France entre 2007 et 2011, tandis qu'elles ont reculé en moyenne dans l'Union européenne, révèle une étude de l'Insee publiée ce jeudi. Si la France reste dans la moyenne européenne, son coefficient de Gini, qui mesure les disparités de revenus dans la population, a augmenté de 0,7 point tandis qu'il reculait de 0,3 point dans l'ensemble de l'EuropeSpeed Dating Dating Service Matching.

       

      Sans surprise, les pays les plus égalitaires sont ceux du nord de l'Europe (Suède, Finlande, Pays-Bas) et les pays plus pauvres mais sans gros écarts de revenus sont la Slovaquie, la Slovénie et la République Tchèque. À l'inverse, le sud de l'Europe se démarque par de fortes inégalités de revenus, notamment l'Espagne, la Grèce et le Portugal. La France, elle, se situe dans la moyenne : son indice de Gini est de 30,5% tandis que la moyenne européenne est de 30,6%. « La crise a eu un impact très différent selon les pays, commente Fabrice Lenglart, directeur des statistiques démographiques et sociales à l'Insee. La croissance modérée des inégalités en France est liée au fait que le niveau de vie a progressé plus favorablement pour les gens qui étaient déjà en haut de l'échelle. »

      

      Les prestations sociales, amortisseurs des inégalités

       

      Si l'Insee rappelle que la France se situe toujours parmi les pays européens les plus favorisés, l'étude note que 14% des Français vivent aujourd'hui sous le seuil de pauvreté. Les personnes vivant sous le seuil de pauvreté sont en risque d'exclusion sociale, rappelle l'Insee : c'est le cas d'un Européen sur quatre et d'environ un Français sur cinq. Le risque de pauvreté ou d'exclusion a même augmenté en France entre 2008 et 2012, passant de 18,5% à 19,1% de la population.

       

      Les transferts sociaux ont toutefois permis de limiter les dégâts : pensions de retraites, minima sociaux et indemnités de chômage ont amorti de 41% la progression du taux de pauvreté en France, contre 35% dans l'ensemble de l'Union européenne.

     


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