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The 10 Biggest Productivity Killers and How to Overcome Them

Procrastination is no one's friend. While some people are more prone to it than others, even those who strive to be as focused and productive as possible can find themselves navigating an obstacle course of workplace distractions.<p>Job site CareerBuilder recently surveyed more than 2,000 hiring …

Employment

Grammys 2014: Neko Case interview

American singer Neko Case is nominated for a Grammy but her latest album came out of a debilitating bout of the blues<p>It’s a popular notion that songwriting can be cathartic for those going through a miserable time in their lives. But Neko Case is having none of that. The American singer’s latest …

Jay Z and Beyoncé top Billboard's Music Power 100 list

Jay Z and Beyoncé have been named the most powerful people in the music industry by Billboard magazine, in its Power 100 list. Their placing, the magazine said, recognised the way they had transformed the way music was released – Jay Z releasing Magna Carta Holy Grail free to Samsung mobile users, …

From crowd surfing to duck's arse hair: what's hot and what's not on planet fashion this week

Going up<p><b>Brutal</b> Word of the month for all things January. Richard Nicoll is already on board with his "Brutal" print sweatshirts.<p><b>Indio, California</b> Specifically April's Coachella festival, where you'll see Outkast, the Knife and Arcade Fire. #savings #blown<p><b>Crowd surfing</b> It's gone alpha. No longer an …

Grazia

Comfort is cool as flat shoes cut it in the fashion stakes

When actress Emma Thompson walked shoeless on to the stage at the Golden Globes, she confirmed what the rest of us have known for a while. Comfy shoes make sense. Clutching her Christian Louboutin heels in one hand – and a martini in the other – she joked that their trademark red soles were stained …

Good economists are almost always right about almost everything

So much everyday government policymaking is dominated by economic reasoning, such as the price controls imposed upon utilities<p>Good economists are usually about as right as it’s possible to be. There, I said it.<p>That shouldn’t be controversial. After all, that’s why economists get paid so much and …

Portraits

Hollande ties business tax relief to investment in France

PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande on Tuesday tied a promise to ease the tax burden on French companies to their readiness to invest in France and hire young and old workers, hardest hit by high unemployment.<p>French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at a New Year ceremony for …