Global leaders call for action on climate change

DAVOS, Switzerland — World Bank chief Kristalina Georgieva urged the global elites to take a simple step to understand the urgency of combating climate change: “Get the picture of your children, your grandchildren in front of you.”Speaking on the last day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Georgieva warned that the potential “cost in terms of suffering is immeasurable” if the world can’t control a rise in temperatures.She dismissed the idea that cutting emissions would hurt the economy, citing a study that found a rapid rise in temperatures could slash global economic output by 25 per cent.Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, said: “Rising temperatures will wipe out whole segments of economies.”The “new climate economy,” by contrast, would create 65 million jobs, Georgieva said.The Associated Press read more

Darfur UN envoy says formal political negotiations could start soon

Jan Eliasson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur, told reporters that the pre-negotiations phase has almost concluded, with the convergence of several parallel efforts by Sudan’s neighbours and the UN to end the fighting. “We have the beginning now of a credible political process,” he said during a press briefing following his most recent trip to the region with his African Union (AU) counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim. “We are now at the stage where we will practically prepare for the negotiations.” One of the biggest obstacles is the number of rebel movements in Darfur, which have grown because the movements have splintered into factions since the beginning of the fighting in the remote and impoverished region. At least nine distinct groups are now fighting the Government. Mr. Eliasson said the number of rebel groups would present a major logistical challenge to organizing formal negotiations, but he was still confident that the process was on track as many of the groups have pledged that they are ready to talk. “We expect all parties to cooperate; if they don’t, we will face a new stage, new era of conflict in Darfur,” he said. More than 200,000 people have been killed across Darfur and at least 2 million others have been displaced since rebel groups took up arms in 2003 against Government forces, which have since been backed by the notorious Janjaweed militias. The killings, destruction of villages, widespread displacement and human rights abuses have continued, despite the efforts of the under-resourced AU peacekeeping mission known as AMIS. Under a deal struck by the UN, the AU and the Sudanese Government late last year, AMIS will be replaced in a three-step process by an eventual hybrid AU-UN peacekeeping force comprising about 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers. But Mr. Eliasson warned today that any peacekeeping operations would be in jeopardy so long as the political divisions driving the conflict are not resolved. “It’s time for us now to put much more emphasis on the political process,” he said. “If we don’t deal with the solutions, we will have major problems with peacekeeping in the years to come.” He added that the swelling populations inside Darfur’s many camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) – and those over the border in neighbouring Chad – were being steadily radicalized by the conflict, further endangering the sustainability of any solution. The envoy also noted that more people in Darfur are being killed today in tribal clashes, often over productive land made scarce by desertification, than in fighting between the rebels and the Government and allied militias. This aspect, combined with the splintering of the rebel groups, has made the conflict increasingly internecine and ever more complex to solve. It has also sundered community relations across the region. “The cultural, social and economic fabric of Darfur is gone,” he said. 18 May 2007Formal political negotiations to resolve the deadly conflict engulfing Sudan’s Darfur region could begin soon, with many of the warring parties indicating they are ready to sit down and talk, the senior United Nations envoy to the crisis said today. read more

Colombia hails UN help in assisting displaced persons fighting drug trade

27 September 2007The President of Colombia today lauded help the country has received from the United Nations in combating drug trafficking, promoting labour rights and assisting displaced persons. The President of Colombia today lauded help the country has received from the United Nations in combating drug trafficking, promoting labour rights and assisting displaced persons. Addressing the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly, Alvaro Uribe said the fight against impunity for killings of union workers is being carried out under guidelines from the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in agreement between the Government, workers and employers. “The reports on the progress made, submitted by the ILO office in Colombia, have been positive,” he said. President Uribe said the UN Office against Drugs and Crime has helped to protect the rainforest from the threat of drug trafficking, while the ILO carries out “excellent work” in its workers’ protection programme. “We have extended the mandate of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to maintain its presence in Colombia for the remainder of my Government’s term in office,” said the President. “Also different UN entities provide valuable support in the task of assisting displaced people.” Describing the country’s security policy, he said it had succeeded in eradicating paramilitarism. “The term ‘paramilitary’ was coined to refer to private criminal organizations whose objective was to combat guerrillas,” he said. “Today the only one that combats the guerrillas is the State, which has recovered the monopoly it never should have lost.” read more

Debunking Customer Service Myths

How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. We hear a lot of claims about customer service and customer preferences, especially when it comes to millennials, but what’s real and what are assumptions? The key to a good customer care and engagement is simple — give customers the information they need, whether through self-service or in a live interaction, and answer their questions effectively, and give agents the tools they need to provide a positive customer experience. We all assume that speed is key and that customers want quick answers. Of course, customers don’t want to spend time on hold waiting for an agent. However, 44% of the survey respondents are willing to spend more time with an agent if the interaction results in getting the right answer or information they need. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Log in or register to post comments Consumers prefer when a business knows something about them and their history with the company, and get frustrated with agents who don’t have this information. For example, the survey found that 49% of respondents are unlikely to continue doing business with a company if they have to identify themselves or explain their issue every time they contact it. By having access to screen pops with information about the customer’s past purchase history or customer service interactions, agents have a better understanding of the customer’s relationship with the company and can provide better and faster service and issue resolution. And that brings us to the third myth… Myth 1: The Voice Call Is Dead For consumers, good customer service isn’t just about speed, but about getting the information needed or the issue resolved and getting the right results. Compared with last year’s findings, email increased as a preferred channel, while chat decreased. The use of social media also decreased this year, even among the younger age groups. Overall, only 2% of the respondents prefer using social media. My theory about why social media use is so low is that there’s a catch-22 when it comes to social. Customers don’t use it because they don’t realize it’s an option, and companies aren’t offering it because people aren’t using it. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. While there’s a need for privacy and security, especially when dealing with financial or medical issues, the survey found that 74% of consumers are at least somewhat comfortable with agents using their purchase history when providing customer service. A much greater number (80%) are very or somewhat comfortable with this approach if it results in a high level of customer service. Tags:News & Viewscustomer service mythsContact Center & Customer ExperienceBCStrategiesCCaaS Articles You Might Like smiling-customer.jpg What was most surprising is that millennials also prefer to use the phone for customer service issues. This is contrary to pundit proclamations that millennials, as well as Gen Zers, never use their phones to make calls. Myth 2: Customers Prefer Anonymity Organizations should spend less time focusing on reducing handle time or talk time and focus more on providing agents with the tools they need to help them better solve issues and provide the right information. These tools include CRM integration and providing customer history, FAQs, agent dashboards, effective agent scripting, relevant agent training and empowerment, and artificial intelligence tools that make easy work of accessing the right information. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI BCS_logo_100px.jpg The survey provided some surprising and not-so-surprising results. In a recent webinar, Five9’s Michael Rose, director of brand and corporate communications, and I dissected some of the findings as we put to rest several customer service myths. BCStrategies is an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market. Following up on its initial study a year ago, cloud contact center provider Five9 commissioned Zogby Analytics to conduct an online survey to help businesses understand how consumers really feel about customer service. Zogby surveyed more than 1,000 consumers across all key demographics and age groups to identify preferences and expectations. In a time of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” it’s important to have actual quantitative data to back up assertions and separate myth from reality. Conducting studies and surveys helps to shed the light on what’s really going on and to corroborate ideas with statistical data. The Right Tools There’s a big trade-off between keeping your privacy or anonymity and getting more personalized customer service. Many organizations assume that consumers prefer to be anonymous when calling a company, but that’s not the case. Myth 3: Speed Is Important Contrary to what many industry pundits have predicted, the phone call isn’t dead but rather alive and well, with usage across all age groups. The phone call remains the preferred communications method for customer service issues, with 49% of survey respondents preferring to interact with a company over the phone when they need customer service. For 18-to 24-year-old respondents, the survey found that phone calls and email tied as the preferred way of interacting with a company for customer service. For those aged 25 to 34, preference for using the phone was 19% greater than the second most preferred channel, email. Surprisingly, chat came in as a distant third for both groups. Only 15% of thse 18 to 24 years old choose chat, compared with 36% for both phone calls and email. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. read more

IAEA says looted Iraqi uranium poses no proliferation threat

A team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), sent to Iraq for an on-site inspection last month, estimates that at least 10 kilograms of uranium compounds could have been dispersed when looters emptied and stole containers from the Location C Material Storage Facility at Tuwaitha, according to a report prepared by Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei. The report, submitted this week to the Security Council, says a few grams of natural uranium compound could have remained in each of the approximately 200 emptied containers when upended by the looters during or shortly after the war in April, in the form of dust on the container walls or as material adhering to the bottom of folds. “The quantity and type of uranium compounds dispersed are not sensitive from a proliferation point of view,” the report adds. It says Mr. ElBaradei will request the United States-run Provisional Authority in Iraq “to make every effort to recover” the dispersed material and to ensure the “the physical protection and security of the entire nuclear material inventory” at other locations in Iraq where material subject to IAEA safeguards is stored. The Tuwaitha site, which has been under IAEA seal and regularly inspected since 1991, held about 1.8 tons of low-enriched uranium and some 500 tons of natural and depleted uranium. The agency is responsible for safeguards and verification under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which Iraq is a signatory. read more

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator spotlights peace efforts in northern Uganda

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today met with internally displaced people in northern Uganda, where peace efforts offer hope to end a rebel-fueled conflict notorious for abuses against children.“The ongoing peace process is the best and most serious opportunity we have had to end the conflict in northern Uganda,” Jan Egeland said today. In northern Uganda on the second leg of his eight-day, three-nation mission to Africa, Mr. Egeland spent Saturday night in a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in eastern Gulu district, where he participated in a traditional gathering with approximately 70 people, discussing issues of concern for the community, including the ongoing peace negotiations between the Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The Emergency Relief Coordinator visited a new settlement site for returning IDPs currently under construction and met with a group of former women abductees who formed the local association, Empowering Hands, to assist other women going through the reintegration process, as well as with a group from the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative and elected and administrative leaders of the district.Meeting with the UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in Gulu, Mr. Egeland encouraged them to work to fill existing gaps in aid, stressing the importance of moving with the people as the returns process progressed. He said improved security conditions should enable the UN and NGOs to have greater access to the IDP camps.The central concern voiced in all his encounters in Gulu was the population’s fear that the indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the five most senior LRA leaders could jeopardize the peace process. In response, Mr. Egeland acknowledged the important role to be played by traditional Acholi justice mechanisms, but stressed that there could be no impunity for those allegedly responsible for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and even genocide. Bringing justice to northern Uganda should incorporate traditional justice mechanisms, he said, but must go beyond them as well.“The peace talks bring great hope for safe return and rebuilding of Acholi and Ugandan society,” he stressed.Prior to his arrival in Gulu, Mr. Egeland concluded the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) leg of his mission by visiting a centre for demobilized girls, many of whom had suffered from sexual abuse, as well as Gety IDP camp in Ituri province, where he reviewed UN efforts to provide urgent assistance to newly displaced people. read more

Obama arrives in Cuba for what he calls a historic visit Obama arrives in Cuba for what he calls a “historic visit” by Julie Pace And Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2016 2:23 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 20, 2016 at 9:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HAVANA – Stepping into history, President Barack Obama opened an extraordinary visit to Cuba on Sunday, eager to push decades of acrimony deeper into the past and forge irreversible ties with America’s former adversary. “It is wonderful to be here,” he said.Obama’s whirlwind trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro’s ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. While deep differences persist, the economic and political relationship has changed rapidly in the 15 months since the leaders vowed a new beginning.Wielding an umbrella on a rainy Havana afternoon, the president stepped off of Air Force One and was greeted by top Cuban officials, including Cuba’s foreign minister and U.S. ambassador. He was joined by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, with dozens of U.S. lawmakers and business leaders arriving separately for Obama’s visit.His first stop was a Havana hotel, where Obama greeted U.S. Embassy staff and their families and noted the momentous nature of his visit — the first by a sitting U.S. president since 1928, when Calvin Coolidge arrived in a battleship.“This is a historic visit, and it’s an historic opportunity to engage with the Cuban people,” Obama said.After greeting embassy staff, Obama and his family were to tour Old Havana by foot, including the Havana Cathedral.For more than 50 years, Cuba was an unimaginable destination for a U.S. president, as well as most American citizens. The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 after Fidel Castro’s revolution sparked fears of communism spreading to the Western Hemisphere. Domestic politics in both countries contributed to the continued estrangement well after the Cold War ended.“This is an incredible thing,” said Carlos Maza, a 48-year-old refrigerator repairman from Havana. He called it “a big step forward.”Hours before Obama’s arrival, counter-protesters and police broke up an anti-government demonstration by the Ladies in White group, whose members were taken into custody by female police officers in a scene that plays out in Havana each Sunday. They’re typically detained briefly and then released.Obama’s visit was highly anticipated in Cuba, where workers furiously cleaned up the streets in Old Havana and gave buildings a fresh coat of paint. American flags were raised alongside the Cuban colours in parts of the capital, an improbable image for those who have lived through a half-century of bitterness between the two countries.Many Cubans were staying home in order to avoid extensive closures of main boulevards. By early afternoon the Cuban government didn’t appear to be calling out crowds of supporters to welcome Obama, as it has with other visiting dignitaries. The city’s seaside Malecon promenade was largely deserted Sunday morning except for a few cars, joggers, fishermen and pelicans.The president’s schedule in Cuba is jam-packed, including official meetings with Raul Castro on Monday and an event with U.S. and Cuban entrepreneurs. But much of Obama’s visit was about appealing directly to the Cuban people and celebrating the island’s vibrant culture.“I don’t think that the Cuban people are going to be bewitched by North American culture,” Gustavo Machin, Cuba’s deputy director of U.S. affairs, told The Associated Press. “We don’t fear ties with the United States.”A highlight of Obama’s visit comes Tuesday when he joins Castro and a crowd of baseball-crazed Cubans for a game between the beloved national team and Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. The president also planned a speech at the Grand Theater of Havana laying out his vision for greater freedoms and more economic opportunity in Cuba.Two years after taking power in 2008, Castro launched economic and social reforms that appear slow-moving to many Cubans and foreigners, but are lasting and widespread within Cuban society. The changes have allowed hundreds of thousands of people to work in the private sector and have relaxed limits on cellphones, Internet and Cubans’ comfort with discussing their country’s problems in public, for example.The Cuban government has been unyielding, however, on making changes to its single-party political system and to the strict limits on media, public speech, assembly and dissent.Obama will spend some time talking with Cuban dissidents. The White House said such a meeting was a prerequisite for the visit. But there were no expectations that he would leave Cuba with significant pledges from the government to address Washington’s human rights concerns.A major focus for Obama was pushing his Cuba policy to the point it will be all but impossible for the next president to reverse it. That includes highlighting new business deals by American companies, including hotel chains Starwood and Marriott and online lodging service Airbnb.___AP writers Josh Lederman and E. Eduardo Castillo contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at and Michael Weissenstein at read more

Its official Louisville tabs Satterfield as football coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has officially hired Scott Satterfield as its head football coach.The University of Louisville Athletic Association unanimously approved the hiring of the former Appalachian State coach on Tuesday. Satterfield, who received a six-year contract with a base annual salary of $1.625 million and another $1.625 million for media obligations, is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference later Tuesday at Cardinal Stadium.Satterfield was hired nearly a week after Jeff Brohm said he was staying at Purdue. The 45-year-old Satterfield guided the Mountaineers to a 51-24 record with three bowl wins in six seasons.Satterfield replaces Bobby Petrino, who was fired Nov. 11 after a 2-8 start to the fifth season of his second stint as coach. Lorenzo Ward lost the final two games as Louisville’s interim coach.Satterfield will now compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference after leading App State’s successful transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Mountaineers are bound for the New Orleans Bowl against Middle Tennessee.___More AP college football: and B. Graves, The Associated Press read more

Football Baron Browning becomes more confident in the middle

Ohio State then-freshman linebacker Baron Browning warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Former Sports EditorOhio State sophomore Baron Browning is a different type of linebacker than redshirt sophomore and team captain Tuf Borland. While talking about Borland’s sense of on-ball defense during Monday’s press conference, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano praised Browning’s ability to cover ground, using his 6-foot-4, 238-pound frame to cover receivers and tight ends, an ability his coach calls “unbelievable.” Browning’s physical attributes, his ability to run and his ability to cover is not something that is hard for him. “You can’t give anybody credit except God,” Browning said. “I’m just using the abilities he blessed me with.” Browning has not been without his own set of challenges in his second season with Ohio State, though. After Borland went down with an Achilles injury in March, Browning, primarily an outside linebacker, moved to the middle, taking on the responsibilities of what many call the “quarterback” of the defense, a position that he had never been in before. “You have to get yourself lined up as well as everybody else,” Browning said. “You have to make all the checks, the calls, get the D-line set.” Browning said he watched and sought counsel from former teammates that have played the middle inside linebacker position, players like former Ohio State linebackers Chris Worley and Raekwon McMillan. He said he even talked to Borland after the captain returned from his injury, with both giving each other positive feedback and tips to make each other better. One of the main things he took away from these players was the amount of responsibility Browning now had on his shoulders at the middle linebacker position. To him, his new position carries a considerable weight in terms of leadership, more than he ever had on the outside. “It’s more of a responsibility versus just being outside, getting the call and worrying about your job,” Browning said. “You got to take care of everybody.”Browning described it as having a “different personality” when playing in the middle linebacker spot. This was something he had to get used to quick, starting each of the first two games for Ohio State this season. He said he was nervous prior to the season opener against Oregon State, but felt more confident with each snap he took, especially going into the second game against Rutgers. As Borland continues to rehab, getting closer and closer to consistent in-game action, Browning said linebackers coach Bill Davis and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff has not given clarification about the rotation between him and Borland and if it would continue. Browning was not surprised about the linebacker rotation heading into the season. “Our room in general, we have a lot of talented linebackers,” Browning said. “It’s going to be a big rotation. From inside to outside we have a lot of guys that can play.”  Browning now knows, even despite growing pains in the middle linebacker spot, he has to become one of the leaders of the defense on the field. He said he has started to act like it. “Just being loud and knowing I got to get everybody set and make all the calls and I can’t be wrong,” Browning said. “Even if I am wrong, be loud with it.” read more

Womens EHF CL Round 4 Gyor in TOP 8 – Larvik and

In the first three matches of the Women’s EHF Champions League Round 4, favorites haven’t problem with their rivals. Hungarian TOP side, Gyor beat Krim Mercator 29:22 and secured the TOP 8 phase as the first team this season in the elite competition. Almost there are Larvik, who celebrated fourth win, this time over Dinamo Volgograd 40:25 and just some kind of miracle of Swedish Savehof in the next matches could expell Norwegian champion from TOP 8.Finally, Austrian Hypo beat Buxtehude 27:24 and with the score 3-1 waiting for probably decisive clash in Denmark against Randers HK. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 Qual: Away wins for Croatia and Sweden Next Story → Serbia, Montenegro want Nikola Karabatic in their national team dinamo volgogradGyor handballHypo NoLarvik HK read more

OMahony Munster have been winning in France for years

first_imgIf you do come out of it with a win, it’s going to have been a tough game. It’s going to have been an 80-minute game with blood and bruised bodies, but that’s what it takes to win in France. That’s what we’ll be looking to do.”Losing international scrum-half Conor Murray to a knee injury in last weekend’s 36-8 victory is an obvious blow before tomorrow’s return leg in Perpignan, something O’Mahony freely admits. However, the Munster captain underlines his belief that the back-up is of high quality.“He’s a key part of our team. As of the last two years, he’s been our first choice scrum-half. He’s now a Lion and an established international player, so he is a big loss but I think we’ve three or four great scrum-halves coming through.“It’s great for them to get the opportunity. Obviously Cathal Sheridan was on the bench last week and Duncan Williams; these guys are class rugby players. We’ve great competition there so we’re lucky that we’ll be able to fill his boots with quality players.”O’Mahony reckons Irish teams have no fear of travelling to France. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.Another man who inspires confidence in O’Mahony is fellow back row Sean Dougall. The openside flanker pushed Keith Earls hard for the man of the match award last weekend, and grows in importance to Rob Penney’s side with each passing week.“He was top of the bus to be fair to him. He’s been a bit unlucky with injury over the past few months but I think everyone in the squad knew it was in him and in all the Heineken Cup rugby he’s played, he’s been quality for us. It didn’t shock us in any way. He was class and he was hugely important for us last weekend.”O’Mahony will need to ensure Dougall and co. are motivated and focused for tomorrow’s encounter in Perpignan. That the Catalans have won 22 of their last 23 home games in the Heineken Cup points to the necessity for Munster to be at their very best to emerge with four points.The Stade Aimé Giral is deservedly appreciated across France for its wonderful atmosphere and USAP’s numerous supporters clubs usually produce an intimidating welcome for the away team. O’Mahony has his own theory on how to counter that.I suppose you try your best to keep them quiet and that’s not an easy thing to do. But at times, that’s what we’re going to have to try to do. On the flip side of it, when they are noisy, it works for both teams.“I presume it’s the same for away teams in Thomond [Park], the noise level would really drive you on. You try and look at it from that point of view but like I said, it’s a very daunting place to play. It’s a tough place to go.“They’re very rarely beaten at home and I think they’ve support to maybe even rival our own.”Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Opinion: Project Penney deserves more time at MunsterRob Penney: ‘Perpignan will be trying to ambush us’ MUNSTER HAVE WON just once in their last five trips to France, but that won’t stop them flying to Perpignan with a high dose of confidence on board.The last time the southern province visited the Catalan stronghold [in 2009], they emerged 37-14 winners after a superb performance resulted in Denis Fogarty, Jean de Villiers, Denis Hurley and Doug Howlett crossing for tries.Munster’s more recent history suggests that his assertion may not be totally backed up by the facts, but Peter O’Mahony says Irish teams have no problem winning on the road in France.“Munster have been doing it for a good few years at this stage. Leinster have been doing it for a good few years at this stage too. So it won’t be new for us; every Irish team travelling to France knows that if they’re going to get a win, it’s going to be hard-earned.last_img read more

Tánaiste to address the real scandal at St Vincents

first_imgTHE TÁNAISTE HAS called for a meeting between management at St Vincent’s Hospital, St. Columcilles’s Hospital in Loughlinstown, and the HSE to address concerns over an ‘overwhelming’ increase in patient numbers at St Vincent’s.The issue was put to Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore during Leaders’ Questions this afternoon by Independent TD Stephen Donnelly, who echoed a registrar at the hospital calling it “the real scandal”.The emergency department at Loughlinstown was closed at the end of November last year, resulting in more patients being sent to St Vincent’s.DoubtHowever, the Tánaiste expressed doubt at the figures provided by the TD.“Ambulances visits are up about 50 per cent, referrals from GPs are up around 50 per cent,” Donnelly said, “and overall admissions are up about 50 per cent.”The Deputy added that staff had previously been assured they would be given sufficient resources to handle additional patient numbers.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and TD Stephen Donnelly (, there has been no increase in the number of nurses, and only a ‘token’ increase in the number of doctors.“I would share your concern if the service is not being adequately delivered”, the Tánaiste said, although expressed surprise as the number of patients being sent to St Vincent’s instead of Loughlinstown had already been increasing prior to its closure.He also invited the Medical Registrar at St Vincent’s whose letter published in the Irish Times last month prompted Donnelly’s concerns, to inform the Oireachtas directly of his concerns.“The end result is an unsustainable, overcrowded and unsafe mess with significant compromise in delivery of care”, the letter read.Patients are suffering and some will die.The Independent TD welcomed the call for a meeting, but called for a independent review to be commissioned in to the situation.Background: Anger expressed over downgrading of Loughlinstown A&E services >Closure: A ‘slap in the face’ to Wicklow people >last_img read more

Greeks most fearful in EU of being poor

first_imgOne in three Greeks say they struggle to make ends meet, according to the results of a Eurobarometer survey which shows the Greek people to be among the most “fearful of poverty” in the European Union.A total of 35 percent of Greek respondents declared that their salaries were inadequate to cover their needs. This is in direct contrast to the EU average, with one in three EU citizens claiming not to have any particular money problems. The survey also showed that Greeks have one of the highest rates of “fear of poverty” in the bloc, with 84 percent saying that the worsening of their financial situation was a prominent concern. The Greeks come just behind the French in their anxiety, while the Hungarians are the most fearful with 96 percent claiming to fear poverty. At the other end of the scale, the Swedes are the most optimistic, with 61 percent claiming not to be overly worried about money. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Videos after Greatest Royal Rumble 50 Man Rumble Lesnar vs Reigns Styles

first_imgFacebook Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter WWE posted the following highlights from today’s Greatest Royal Rumble event.Rey Mysterio takes out Chad GableHornswoggle returns to WWELesnar vs. Reigns in a Steel CageUndertaker vs. Rusev in a Casket MatchStyles vs. NakamuraJeff Hardy vs. Jinder MahalMatt Hardy and Bray Wyatt team up against The BarKalisto vs. Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight TitleTriple H vs. John Cena opens the showcenter_img Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Forecast Declines in Magazine Spending Through 2013

first_imgWhile global entertainment and media spending is expected increase from $1.4 trillion to $1.6 trillion by 2013, some traditional markets—including magazines—will see declines, according to PricewaterhouseCooper’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2009-2013, which was released today. The report forecasts media spending in the U.S. to increase at a 1.2 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), possibly reaching $495 billion in 2013. But a number of individual segments, including b-to-b publishing (-3.3 percent) and consumer magazine publishing (-1.7) are expected to decline.Meanwhile, a number of other segments in U.S. media are forecasted to grow, including Internet access (9.1 percent CAGR), Internet advertising (6.3), video games (5.8), TV subscriptions (5.5), filmed entertainment (3.3) and out-of-home advertising (2.5). Segments like radio (-2.2 percent CAGR), recorded music (-4.7) and newspaper publishing (-5.9) are also expected to decline.“The current economic slowdown, shifting consumer behavior and new ad-supported revenue models are triggering acceleration of digital migration,” Bill Cobourn, PricewaterhouseCooper’s U.S. media and entertainment practice leader, said in a statement. “While the impact of these new models and dynamics throughout the entertainment and media industry will be strong, it also opens up new creative opportunities for the industry.” According to the report, digital spending will continue to be the industry’s main source of growth, with revenues accounting for 25 percent of total sales in 2013—up from 17 percent in 2008. PwC also predicts that a “new generation” of ad-supported revenue models will emerge as digital behaviors become more dominant among consumers. “The challenge is to identify ad models that are able to withstand the downward pressure on ad rates in the digital environment,” Cobourn said.last_img read more

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Wilmington Travel Basketball Seeking Coaches

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Travel Basketball is now accepting coaching applications for the upcoming winter 2018/2019 season.The application can be found HERE. Please return to WTB President Joe Maiella at The deadline to apply is August 10.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Travel Basketball.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Wilmington Travel Basketball Seeking CoachesIn “Sports”Wilmington Travel Basketball Tryouts Announced For 2019-2020 SeasonIn “Sports”A DAY FOR REEGAN: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Fundraiser Set For November 16In “Community”last_img read more

Despite Hafiz Saeeds public shows Trump claims it took 2 years to

first_imgSaeed has been addressing his supporters in public meetings despite his earlier detention in 2017.US President Donald Trump’s claims on Hafiz Saeed’s arrest has stumped many as he said that it took 10 years to find him when the Lashkar-e-Taiba chief has been openly moving around in Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks.In a tweet, Trump described Saeed as “so-called mastermind” of Mumbai attacks when Washington in 2012 had labelled him specially designated global terrorist and had announced a $10 million bounty for information leading to his arrest and conviction.”After a ten-year search, the so-called mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him,” he said in the tweet without naming Saeed who was arrested by Pakistani authorities outside Lahore.FYI Pakistan wasn’t searching for him for 10 years. He’s been living freely, and was arrested and released in:December 2001May 2002October 2002August 2006 (twice)December 2008September 2009January 2017Let’s hold the ? until he’s convicted.— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) July 17, 2019Saeed has been detained and freed in the past and New Delhi has still not reacted to Pakistan’s latest action. He has been addressing his supporters in public meetings despite his earlier detention in 2017.He had floated Milli Muslim League to contest the general election and had fielded more than 200 candidates without any electoral success. LeT’s humanitarian front Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) has been active across Pakistan.Saeed had organized an anti-India rally in February this year.Hafiz Saeed’s re-arrest came ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting with Trump. Pakistan has also joined the US, Russia and China in finding out a peace solution in Afghanistan by bringing Taliban on board.The move has not gone down well in India as it was kept out of the crucial initiative. New Delhi is also opposed to the postponement of elections in Afghanistan. Pakistan has also opened up its airspace for traffic from India after blocking it for more than five months in the wake of border tension. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:03Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Lashkar eTaiba chief Hafiz Saeed casts his votelast_img read more

Oscar Arias praised for role in peace deal

first_img Alberto Font From the print editionIt is fair to say that none of the 350 young students at San José’s National Theater on Wednesday have any recollection of the conflicts that ravaged the Central American region a quarter century ago.“There is something intangible in the pain of war,” said Oscar Arias, former president and architect of the peace negotiations that ended regional wars in the 1980s. “To be unaware of the taste of gunpowder, the color of death and the cries coming from behind your neighbor’s wall is a privilege.” Arias, who served two terms as the nation’s president from 1986-1990 and 2006-2010, helped bring peace to five Central American nations with the signing of the Esquipulas II Peace Agreement in the Guatemalan city of the same name in 1987. On Wednesday night, more than 400 guests, including students, dignitaries and lawmakers, attended a celebration marking the accords’ 25th anniversary.The agreements facilitated the end of civil wars taking place in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, which claimed more than 250,000 lives and displaced more than 2 million people. The wars also forced more than 250,000 refugees to flee into Costa Rica during those bloody decades. 25 years later, former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias commemorated the accords in a ceremony on Wednesday at San José’s National Theater. Also pictured are President Laura Chinchilla, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo. During a long negotiation process, Arias condensed a 200-page document into less than three pages that detailed in simple terms what the region’s leaders had agreed to.“His main message was that every person should carry a book instead of a rifle,” said Arturo Cruz, Nicaragua’s former ambassador to the United States.Other speakers in attendance included President Laura Chinchilla, who thanked Arias for his role in the peace process, and spoke about the accomplishments the countries have achieved as a region, and the work that remains ahead.“We should commend ourselves for the fact that half of Central Americans today have been born into a peaceful period that began in 1987,” Chinchilla said.Arias admitted that in order to reach an agreement, the leaders involved had to give up some of their aspirations, such as a dream to see Central America become the first demilitarized region in the world.“It was important that we limited our ambition and gave up on perfectionism,” said Arias, who received the Nobel Peace Prize that year for his role in fostering peace. “If each of us had held on to our positions, we would not be here tonight.” Among the details of the agreement were the guarantee of free elections and the disarming of rebels groups in the region.Arias said that despite U.S. pressure at the time, Nicaragua participated in the negotiations from the beginning.“It is not possible to conduct a successful negotiation if the legitimate interlocutors of a conflict are not present,” he said.During the event, a journalist, historian and former ambassador participated in a round-table debate where Arias was praised for his efforts.“There was a constant loss of lives during that period,” former U.S. diplomat Amber Moss said. “It is essential to remember. We have to do it. If we forget our past we cannot guide ourselves towards the future.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Jakarta to host PATA Travel Mart 2016

first_imgIndonesia is gearing up to lure more international tourists by hosting PATA Travel Mart 2016 in Jakarta on September 7 – 9. The hand-over from India (Host Country of PTM 2015) was held on farewell dinner at Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Bengaluru on September 8, 2015. During the dinner, Jakarta’s traditional dancers performed to attract 500 invited buyers and stakeholders. The audience enjoyed Indonesian dance and cultural performances for about an hour.Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism of The Republic of Indonesia gave a presentation about Indonesia as the Host Country for PATA Travel Mart 2016. He said, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, comprising more than 13,000 tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches. Among the most well-known islands are Bali, Java, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Papua, Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), Sumatra, and the Maluku Islands (or better known as Moluccas, the original Spice Islands). The destination offers richly diverse cultures and heritages, beautiful beaches and eco-tourism along with green rain forests to trek through, deep blue pristine seas to dive and swim, and the warmest and most hospitable people on earth to welcome tourists and visitors.Before the end of this year, Indonesian government will give free visa extended to 30 countries including India. To attract 10 million international tourists in 2015, Indonesian government encourages three Greats – such as Great Bali, Great Batam and Great Jakarta. The destinations of Great Bali consist of Surabaya, Bali, Lombok, and East Musa Tenggara. The destinations of Great Batam consist of Batam, Medan, and Padang. While Great Jakarta consists of Jakarta, Bandung, Puncak and Yogyakarta.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 6:18 am PDT Actress Yael Stone not able to testify against Geoffrey Rushcenter_img SYDNEY, Australia — “Orange Is the New Black” actress Yael Stone was revealed on Friday as the potential witness that a Sydney judge refused to allow to testify against Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush in his recent defamation suit.The 67-year-old Australian actor won an Australian Federal Court suit last month against Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph and journalist Jonathan Moran over reports in 2017 that accused him of inappropriate behaviour toward actress Eryn Jean Norvill. Norvill played the daughter of Rush’s character when he starred in a Sydney Theatre Company production of “King Lear” in 2015 and 2016.Publisher Nationwide News lost a mid-trial bid last November to amend its defence based on Stone’s evidence.Justice Michael Wigney said the proposed amendment raised new allegations concerning Rush’s conduct and would delay court proceedings and cause him “manifest and palpable” prejudice. The trial by then had run for 12 days and ended three days later.The judge prohibited Stone from being publicly identified. The Netflix series actress was described in the media as “Witness X.”Media company Nine Entertainment on Friday successfully applied to the judge to lift the order banning publication of her name.Stone told The New York Times in December that Rush engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviour when they starred in “The Diary of a Madman” on a Sydney stage in 2010.She said Rush danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic texts.Rush said in a statement the allegations “are incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context.”“However, clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work. I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress. This, most certainly, has never been my intention,” Rush said at the time.Wigney found the newspaper articles made Rush out to be a pervert and sexual predator.After the ruling, Norvill said she was “grateful to Yael Stone who had the courage to speak out.”Nationwide News and Moran said on Monday they would appeal Wigney’s ruling against them in the defamation trial on the basis that his conduct “gave rise to an apprehension of bias.”The publisher pointed to a number of factors including the judge’s decisions to disallow the evidence of Stone and “King Lear” actor Colin Moody.Wigney awarded Rush 850,000 Australian dollars ($594,000) in damages. The actor stands to be awarded more as compensation for loss of earnings.Rush won the best actor Oscar in 1996 for his portrayal of pianist David Helfgott in “Shine” and was nominated for roles in “Shakespeare In Love,” “‘Quills” and “The King’s Speech.” He is also famed for his portrayal of Captain Barbossa in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.He received Australia’s highest civilian honour in 2014, the Companion of the Order of Australia, for service to the arts.The Associated Presslast_img read more