Data Center Power Management for 2012

first_imgTo put these capabilities in practice in your data center environment, you can adopt one of the solutions described under Policy-Based Power Management in the Intel® Cloud Builder library.I would love to hear from you if you have a specific usage case that is not covered.Best Regards! Although energy costs are the fastest-rising cost element in the data center, the power battle hasn’t been lost. There are still many opportunities to improve efficiency. These include cooling optimization using hot and cold aisles, increasing rack density, turning on/off machines on demand, and balancing load in the data center to optimize cooling and reduce power consumption.All these opportunities can potentially be achieved with Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager, a technology embedded into Intel chips in a select group of servers. Some of most common scenarios where Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager can be applied beyond monitoring include: The Static Power Capping usage model employs more aggressive capping.  There will be some performance impact during peak, but this should be OK as long as the service level agreement (SLA) is met.  The effect is to increase infrastructure utilization.Usage model No. 4 (Dynamic Power Capping) implements continuous capping for additional power savings.  The capping level is determined by the application performance monitor driving a power management policy.  This scheme may not be practical if the performance monitoring facility is not available.For instance, in virtualized environments, where hosts run a variety of applications, it is difficult to isolate a meaningful indicator representing the application mix. For want of a better indicator, monitoring CPU utilization has been surprisingly useful in some settings. The idea is to impose a cap on a server based on the current CPU utilization in that server. The actual capping level, in watts, is derived heuristically from offline experiments with representative workload mixes, yielding energy savings of 10 to 15 percent over a daily workload cycle.In usage model No. 5 (Hybrid Usages), the practical capping range is limited to about 30 percent of peak power in light configurations. If the goal is energy saving, non-operating states, such as hibernation, must be added to Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager policies.  This is possible in virtualized cloud environments that allow dynamic consolidation of workloads into a pool of active machines and the shutting down of unused machines.What’s new with Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager 2.0The following table compares the features in each version of Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager.center_img Increasing compute density—enforcing power limits based on power reported and populating racks with more servers using the previously stranded power capacity in the rackLinking cooling to actual demand—coordinating Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager power and thermal data with data center cooling controls to help ensure that adequate, but not excessive, cooling is provided, minimizing cooling costsDynamically balancing resources—using migrations tools to move workloads to racks with available power headroom, and using Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager’s power capping to help ensure the rack budget is not exceededIn addition to these optimization scenarios, Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager can be applied to increase availability, applying power capping in case of power outage and reducing the overall consumption with some performance penalty.With the launch of the Intel® Xeon® E5 processor, the second generation of Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager (aka. 2.0) has been released. It is designed to improve monitoring and control granularity and to allow implementation of a range of usage models, as depicted here:These scenarios go from simple real-time power monitoring to integrated data center power management practices. Expected higher payoffs for power management require higher investment and process maturity to deploy.You don’t necessarily have to step up to the top, or even one of the more advanced usage models. Some situations could be enough for usage model No. 1, Real Time Server Power Monitoring. There may be no reason to invest beyond this point.In usage model No. 2 (Power Guard Rail) and No. 3 (Static Power Capping), Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager allows you to pack servers more densely in a rack by imposing a guaranteed power limit.Consider this scenario: In a traditional method, we usually take the specification of the power supply rating from the server manufacture, e.g. 650W, and test in a lab the real power consumption using a power meter. We then discover that 400W is reasonable to be used. In a typical 4KW power envelope, we usually populate the rack with 10 servers (i.e. 4.000W/400W = 10). Using Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager in the same server, measurements indicate that for a defined workload, the power consumption rarely exceeds 250W. Using that as an aggressive power/server budget, and enforcing 4KW for a global cap, i.e. the entire rack, only on rare situations could the consumption exceed the 4KW envelope, and will not exceed that amount due to Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager policy. In this scenario, we can then populate a rack with 16 servers instead of 10 (i.e. 4.000W/250W = 16), for an increase of 60 percent in rack density.last_img read more

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Are you feeling SaaSy?

first_imgSaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and all the other aaS’s seem to have exploded in the last couple of years. In my previous post, The CIO is Dead! Long Live the CIO, I briefly touched on the confluence of changes impacting the CIO and the IT Department. One of those trends is SaaS. Do you have SaaS applications in your environment? Have you embraced the changes SaaS brings? Exactly what are the changes SaaS brings? First, let’s define SaaS. Gartner defines it as: as software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The provider delivers software based on one set of common code and data definitions that is consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers at anytime on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics. I think that states it very well. In short, it is multi-tenant software, that is usually billed on a PUPM basis, per-user-per-month.What is not  SaaS is traditional on-premise software that is now provided in a hosted in environment and billed on the PUPM basis. We were recently involved in a software selection process and had narrowed down the applications to three finalists. In the final presentations, I asked about their SaaS offering. “Oh yes, we have a SaaS, in fact, we offer on-prem, hosted and SaaS.” So I asked them to explain the difference, is it a single code base, is it multi-tenant? What it boiled down to was a piece of paper. The only difference in the three offerings was the contract and how much they charged for the usage. In fact, they charged more for their “SaaS” offering than their hosted version, even though they were identical offerings. Sounds like “cloud-washing” to me.The SaaS model brings about many changes, but I would like to focus on just a few: the risk (contract), the financial, and the support. In the various SaaS contracts I have negotiated, I have found some common “issues” to be addressed. Some of these are common to contracts for other delivery methods but are accentuated in a SaaS model. Service Levels – It almost never fails, the first pass of the contract is either silent on SLAs, sometimes to the extent that the provider never has to make the application available, yet you still have to pay, or there is some wording like “we will deliver the application in accordance with the documentation” or they link to some website that defines the SLAs with no version control. In either case, they can be changed at any time without notification. All SLAs must defined and incorporated explicitly in the agreement. Payment and Disputes – This is another common issue, the provider reserves the right to revoke access to the system for non-payment period. You never want to get in a position where the provider can legally hold your data and therefore your business hostage. We like to negotiate in “good faith dispute” language that prevents them from revoking access if we have a dispute. We will include arbitration language to help settle the dispute after a specified time period (typically 120 days or more) of trying to otherwise resolve the dispute. Data – Be careful with this one. Be sure the agreement spells out who owns the data (YOU do), who can use the data (ONLY you), who is responsible for backups, disaster recovery and providing copies of the data (you should always have access to make copies of your data, and they should make backups and have a solid DR plan). Access to the data gets tricky at termination of the agreement as well, or in the event the firm goes under. Be sure to get language in the agreement that spells out how you will get your data in these instances and specifies destruction of the data at termination. Before moving on, another aspect of this that has bitten us, be sure you have language in the agreement that gives you immediate termination rights (and access to your data) in the event the provider gets purchased, especially if they get purchased by a competitor to your firm (yes this DID happen to us). Liability, warranties, and indemnification –  Almost all providers that I have dealt with want to absolve themselves of any liability if they get breached and your data gets stolen. Read this language carefully and try to get the firm to assume the risk if they do not adequately protect your data. If they are not willing…walk away. The financial impacts of the SaaS model can be difficult to maneuver. By using a subscription based service you are essentially moving costs from a Capital Item to an Operating Expense. As you go down this path, be sure your CFO and your Board understand this and are comfortable with the change. Some vendors are trying to resolve this through “cloud credits” and other types of agreements. I think the jury is still out whether those will help with this or not.Another aspect of financial impacts could have actually been placed in the contract section as well. Because the SaaS model is typically a subscription based agreement based on some unit of measure (typically users, or employees) one of the advantages of this model is scalability. You, in theory, are only paying for what you use. Be wary, however, that most agreements allow you to scale up, but severely limit your ability to scale down, if they allow it all.The final area we will explore in this post is support of SaaS-based applications. It is probably obvious, but using SaaS applications moves most of the support from your internal IT resources to the vendor. Your team will be limited in the amount of support they can provide. This is a change management effort not only with your end-users, but also with your staff. Your end-users will have to understand the limitations and be satisfied with the service levels negotiated and the amount of flexibility they have in the application. Your end-users should have a seat at the table in the selection and negotiation, so the fully understand the implications of using this delivery model. As much as possible, the support should align with your current support model. For example, if you provide support 24×7, does the vendor provide the same hours of support? Can anyone call support, or does it have to go through named support leads? In our case, our Tier I support is outsourced, so we have to be sure a 3rd party can initiate a support request on our behalf. Do you, Mr. or Ms. CIO have direct access to a senior level person that you can reach out to in an emergency?As with many of the changes in IT, the SaaS model may also threaten your team. This may include your support team who is losing some element of control, but also your systems team who no longer maintains the servers for the application. Again, change management is key. Communicate, communicate, communicate the reason for adopting a SaaS approach to some of your application, reassure them of their role, and let them know, while their responsibilities may be different there may be opportunity to expand their role.These are just a few of the many changes and impacts the introduction of the SaaS delivery model can have on IT. I would love to hear about some of the impacts you have seen or some of your thoughts on those I have shared. In the next post, we will explore how adopting this model impacts the relationship of the CIO to the rest of the business.If anything you read here or in other posts strikes a chord, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment Jeffrey Ton is the SVP of Corporate Connectivity and Chief Information Officer for Goodwill Industries, providing vision and leadership in the continued development and implementation of the enterprise-wide information technology portfolio, including applications, infrastructure, security and telecommunications.Find him on LinkedInOpens in a new window.Follow him on TwitterOpens in a new window (@jtongici)Add him to your circles on Google+Opens in a new windowCheck out his previous posts and discussionslast_img read more

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Podcast: The Mysteries of Stuttering

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C.—Why do some people stutter while others don’t? Is the affliction heritable? And can drugs be developed to cure it? Science podcast host Robert Frederick explores the roots of stuttering, which was discussed at a session here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceNOW). Also check out our news story on this topic. Follow our full coverage of AAAS 2011.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Senate subcommittee moves to pull U.S. out of ITER fusion project

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Senate budgetmakers have moved to pull the United States out of ITER, the huge and hugely over budget international fusion experiment under construction in Cadarache, France. The cut comes in the Senate version of the so-called energy and water spending bill, which would fund the Department of Energy (DOE) and other agencies for fiscal year 2016, which begins 1 October. But nixing ITER is hardly a done deal: On 1 May, legislators in the House of Representatives passed their own version of the energy and water bill, which includes $150 million for the U.S. contribution to ITER—the amount the White House has requested.”This year we have recommended eliminating funding for the U.S. contribution [to ITER],” said Senator Lamar Alexander (R–TN) chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development at the subcommittee’s markup of the bill today. “This saves $150 million in just this year.” The subcommittee also moved to cut funding to ITER last year, when the Democrats controlled the Senate and Dianne Feinstein (D–CA) chaired the energy and water subcommittee. But the final budget bill for fiscal year 2015, signed by President Barack Obama on 16 December 2014, contained $150 million for the project.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The $35.4 billion bill would bump spending on DOE’s basic research arm, the Office of Science, by 1.5% to $5.144 billion. That’s more than the 0.7% increase in the House spending bill but a far cry from the 5.3% boost that the White House has requested. Nevertheless, Alexander said the budget would put the United States on the path to doubling spending on basic energy research—presumably meaning the DOE science program minus ITER, which could cost the United States a total of $4 billion or more. “Doubling basic energy research at the Department of Energy is one of the most important things we can do to unleash our free-enterprise system to provide cheap, clean, reliable energy,” he said.The bill would also boost the budget of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) by 3.9% to $291 million, far short of the 16% increase requested by the White House, and above the flat budget of $280 million in the House bill. ARPA-E’s role is to quickly transform the most promising ideas from basic research into budding technologies.Other details of the bill should be presented Thursday, when it is scheduled to go before the full Senate Appropriations Committee.The White House has already said it would recommend that the president veto the House version of the energy spending bill.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza will be in top 100 for sure: Martina Navratilova

first_imgTennis legend Martina Navratilova, on her first visit to India for the WTA Hyderabad open, spoke to senior editor Sharda Ugra. Excerpts: Martina NavratilovaQ.Indian girls are always told that in tennis everything is against them physique, culture, precedent. Can such hurdles be overcome?A. Physique is bullshit … pardon my French,Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, on her first visit to India for theWTA Hyderabad open, spoke to senior editor Sharda Ugra. Excerpts: Martina NavratilovaQ.Indian girls are always told that in tennis everything is against them physique, culture, precedent. Can such hurdles be overcome? A. Physique is bullshit … pardon my French but Justine Henin-Hardenne is just 5 ft 6 in. You don’t have to be a monster to be No. 1. Roger Federer is not a big guy. One who can be a threat at the net as well as play from the baseline, that is the player who will be No. 1, the champion of 2005 or 2010. If you are bigger, it helps but there is place for a smaller player who is clever and fast, who can use the court. I don’t think physique is the problem in India, it is more cultural. Girls are not encouraged to be as active as boys, women don’t have as many opportunities. It is tricky but you can overcome it. Look at Sania, she’ll be in the top 100, for sure.Q. What would you say to Sania Mirza today? A. Love what you do and do it to the best of your ability. Give 100 per centon the practice court, in preparation, in matches. Take care of details – fitness, rest, training, diet. Also balance tennis with other things.Q. Can athleticism be taught to a player who may not move well? A. No, you are either a natural athlete or not. Movement is essential to reach the top. And all top players are great movers. But you can work to become a better athlete at every level. India has fantastic cricketers and you play very good field hockey which is a very athletic sport. So the basic athletic ability is there, you just have to nourish it.Q. Can India produce champions? A. I don’t know how many people play tennis here. Dogirls play it in school? Do you have the system to support it? You need clubs, funding, competition. You are only as good as your opposition. You cannot hit a great tennis ball until a great tennis ball is hit to you.Q. When you come to places like India,does your impact surprise you? A. It is strange when you come to a country you have never been to and people know who you are. I amnot used to it. It still surprises me.Q. In your press conference, you said you were familiar with Indian history. Who and what had you heard of, outside tennis? A. Indira Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi himself. Indira was very popular in Czechoslovakia. I know about the division of India and Pakistan, the history, about the Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and the Buddhists. You have such a combination of cultures and they got along fine until the British came and messed things up. But you are getting yourself together economically. Indian people are so bright … it is funny, every time I call AOL for technical support, Iend up talking to someone in India.advertisementlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni future unclear as Ravi Shastri lauds his contribution to Indian cricket

first_imgAdvertisementThe Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri on the eve of the second test match against South Africa said in an interview that former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will go down as the greatest cricketer in the history of Indian Cricket. Former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn’t played international cricket since India’s defeat against New Zealand in the semi-finals of the recently concluded cricket world cup in England and Wales. The Ranchi born lad missed the tour to West Indies owing his duties to the Indian Army where the former captain holds the honorary position of Lieutenant Colonel. The Indian team head coach has said that he hasn’t met the wicketkeeper after the world cup and it is all up to him whether when he wants to retire.The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who led India to the title victories in the 50-over World Cup and T20 World Cup, is currently enjoying his time off the field.He recently participated in a charity football along with tennis star Leander Paes in Mumbai.After the World Cup 2019, Dhoni had made himself unavailable for the India’s tour of the West Indies and took a two-month sabbatical from cricket to serve his territorial army unit in Kashmir.After completing his army stint, Dhoni was seen enjoying a game of billiards at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in his hometown Ranchi. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Danilo joins Nice from Braga

first_imgTransfers Danilo joins Nice from Braga Stephen Creek 22:26 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) danilo-cropped Bongarts Transfers Ligue 1 Sporting Braga Primeira Liga Nice With Jean Michael Seri’s future up in the air, the Ligue 1 side may have already brought in a replacement Nice have made Danilo Barbosa their first signing of the transfer window after finalising his transfer from Braga.No details of defensive midfielder Danilo’s contract were announced by Nice, who reportedly paid €8 million (£7m/$9m) for his signature.The 22-year-old scored four goals in 31 league appearances for Braga in 2017-18, helping them to fourth place in the Primeira Liga. He also captained Brazil at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move After joining Braga from Vasco da Gama in 2014, Danilo spent time on loan at Valencia, Benfica and Standard Liege before returning to his parent club, where he broke into Abel Ferreira’s first team.The arrival of Danilo casts doubt on Jean Michael Seri’s future at Nice, following speculation linking the 26-year-old with a move to the Premier League.Danilo Barbosa becomes the Aiglons’ first signing of the summer as the young defensive midfielder joins the club from Sporting Braga! #DaniloIsAnAiglon https://t.co/ab8y9YYWgy— OGC Nice (@ogcnice_eng) June 10, 2018Chelsea, Arsenal and Napoli have all been linked with an interest in Seri, who scored two goals and registered five assists in Ligue 1 last season.last_img read more

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9 days agoEverton lose Philippe-Gbamin for three months

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton lose Philippe-Gbamin for three monthsby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have lost Jean Philippe-Gbamin for up to three months.The summer signing from Mainz underwent thigh surgery in France on Tuesday.Gbamin played against Crystal Palace and Watford in August before getting injured.Everton are currently 18th in the table having won only two of their first eight Premier League matches this season. last_img

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Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark score

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 10:25 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Red Magic 3, like all 2019 Android flagships, will be relying on the Snapdragon 855 chipset.The Red Magic 3 will ship with up to 12GB RAM.A 30W fast charging solution will fill up the battery quicker than the older models.The first few months of 2019 have seen a lot of launches in the flagship smartphone segment. Samsung came up with its Galaxy S10 series of phones as well as the foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone. The Huawei Mate X and the P30 Pro have shown incredible technological advances as well. However, Chinese manufacturer Nubia has rumours floating around its next smartphone, which is supposed to be the most powerful smartphone this year. Now, we have some concrete information on the device that does indicate the Red Magic 3 to be a vastly powerful smartphone.Nubia has released the AnTuTu scores for the Red Magic 3. The device in its pre-launch status has managed to lead the charts with a score of 437,522. This score is substantially higher than all the other phones with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. The Red Magic 3’s score even beats the latest iPhone AnTuTu scores. This shows that the device will be extremely capable in terms of raw performance.Part of achieving such a high AnTuTu score is because of its Qualcomm processor. The Red Magic 3, like all other flagship smartphones in the world, will be relying on the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Nubia has already confirmed that the Red Magic 3 will ship with up to 12GB RAM. Moreover, it will run on Android 9 Pie, with some variants expected to get a stock Android interface. While Nubia hasn’t given anything on the battery capacity, it is known that a 30W fast charging solution will fill up the tank quicker than the older models.advertisementNubia’s Red Magic devices have always been known to rule the AnTuTu charts. The Red Magic Mars, which never made it to the Indian market, sat on the top of the AnTuTu chart until the phones with Snapdragon 855 started rolling out. Nubia managed to beat the Kirin 980-powered Huawei Mate 20 Pro with a generation older Snapdragon 845 chip – thanks to immense optimization. Currently, most Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones don’t manage to cross the 400,000 mark on AnTuTu and the Red Magic is the only one that scores way beyond that.The Red Magic 3 is rumoured to sport some serious hardware additions to achieve those performance figures. Nubia says the Red Magic 3 will carry over the shoulder buttons and the RGB LED light strip from the previous models. Rumours even say that the phone will have a dual cooling system – a liquid cooling system as well as an air cooling system. The Red Magic 3 is expected to feature actual fans inside to vent heat out of the system and keep the internals cool for delivering optimum performance.The Red Magic 3 is supposed to launch in India after its global debut and Nubia could price it aggressively against the likes of OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic review: A phone fast at running games but that is allALSO READ | Nubia shows Alpha flexible smartwatch and 5G smartphone at MWC 2019ALSO READ | Forget 5G and foldable phones, 10X zoom camera from Oppo at MWC 2019 is tech you need to know aboutGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow GamingFollow smartphones Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark scoreThe Red Magic 3 is claimed to score a higher benchmark score in AnTuTu than the most powerful iPhone models. The Red Magic 3 will come with a 30W fast charging as well.advertisementlast_img read more

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‘New Year New Career’ Kicks Off 2019

first_imgThe Travel Institute Continues Support of Agents with Tuition Assistance and Additional Learning Opportunities  FRAMINGHAM, MA, January 8, 2019 – The Travel Institute is kicking off 2019 with its New Year New Career  focus on new agent training and specialization in continued support of the influx of new agents entering the travel industry and for experienced advisors looking to continue their education. “Our educational materials offer a lifetime of value to those wanting a successful travel career,” explained Diane Petras, CTIE, president, The Travel Institute. Citing a remarkable 48% year-over-year increase from 2017 to 2018 in registrations for new agent training, she continued, “The unprecedented enrollment in TRIPKit1 last year further demonstrated individual interest in, and industry demand for, well-educated travel counselors.” Growing interest in agent education was also substantiated by The Travel Institute’s 2018 The Changing Face of Travel Agents study, indicating explosive growth in the number of independent contractors over the past decade—growth fueled by a number of factors including: 1) young students looking for a professional career option without a 4-year degree, 2) an increase in working professionals looking for a career change, and 3) stay-at-home parents looking for a home-based, flexible income. Petras also pointed to the study’s correlation between better educated agent “advisors” and their career success, along with respondents’ overall positive outlook for the profession. “Not only does The Travel Institute continue to see more students entering the industry, but we continue to see them striving to be true professionals who deftly navigate today’s complicated and unpredictable travel environment,” she explained. “The Travel Institute coursework, whether introductory, specialized or certification-related, offers travel advisors the opportunity to start their own ‘TRIP of a Lifetime’ career, elevating their knowledge and, therefore, the level of service they are able to provide, while setting themselves apart.” Industry veterans agree. “I have been a big fan of the programs offered by The Travel Institute from the day I started in the industry,” reflected Margie Jordan, CTA, vice president of membership, CCRA Travel Commerce Network. “Their courses have provided the knowledge I needed to be successful and also gave me a certification recognized throughout the industry. It’s the one place I keep coming back to for travel education.” The Travel Institute’s training programs are further boosted by support from its Professional Educators Program, PEP, with instructors who share their time and expertise on a variety of topics related to a travel professional’s success, along with countless suppliers, agencies, vocational institutions and others who use The Travel Institute’s curriculum and count on it for their own organization’s success. Wendy Burk, CTA, chief executive officer of Cadence®, A World of Travel, In Sync With You®, explained, “We believe travel careers stem from a passion for travel, but relevancy and education are an individual advisor’s passport to success. We promote TRIPKit with our new team members because we see the results firsthand: TRIPKit enables our new advisors to be immediately relevant in our business and then customize their individual business strategy. To put it simply: the more they know, the more they grow!” During the New Year New Career campaign in Q1 2019, individuals can take advantage of significant savings on TRIPKit1, participate in complimentary training webinars, or sign up for free access to the “Hot Tip Tuesday” newsletter to receive a new business idea every week. There is also a members-only webinar series, including tax saving strategies as well as information on choosing the best business structure for a new travel business. Visit New Year New Career to learn more. TRIPKit has long been recognized as the industry’s gold standard for new agent training. It is a self-guided course with online and print components used by individuals studying independently, agency owners and managers training new staff, and post-secondary vocational institutions teaching travel-related curriculum. A turn-key, affordable and flexible educational tool, TRIPKit helps create the career path for potential travel advisors by providing a comprehensive overview of booking air, ground, accommodations, cruises, tours and packages while also exposing potential new agents to numerous other nuances in booking travel today. Often, TRIPKit is the first step toward industry certification.  About The Travel InstituteSince 1964, The Travel Institute has been the global leader in travel industry education and certification. A non-profit organization dedicated to educating and advancing travel agents, The Travel Institute has certified more than 25,000 Certified Travel Associate (CTA), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), and Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) graduates, while additionally training hundreds of thousands more through its new agent, destination, niche and lifestyle courses and webinars. A trusted partner to industry stakeholders and educational institutions alike, The Travel Institute holds its graduates to the highest standards of expertise and service as members progress through increasingly rigorous coursework and challenging exams to continue their education and verify their expertise. The Travel Institute also offers unlimited learning online in its Premium Member Lounge, which serves as a 24/7 classroom across all mobile platforms and delivers college-level courses in business, finance, sales, marketing, social media, and more. Learn more at www.thetravelinstitute.com.last_img read more

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Flair Airlines tinkering with ultra low cost model by eliminating carryon fee

first_imgMONTREAL – Flair Airlines Ltd. is tinkering in Canada with the ultra low-cost airline model used in the U.S. and Europe by eliminating carry-on luggage charges in response to consumer demand.Effective immediately, the B.C.-based carrier will remove its $30 carry-on baggage fee.Spokeswoman Julie Rempel said the one-month trial will likely be extended indefinitely because of strong passenger demand.“That was one of the main complaints that we had from passengers because it was an unfamiliar fee to a lot of them so we just made the decision to remove it,” she said in an interview.Rempel said Flair is “redefining” the ultra low cost carrier model in Canada. The airline started last summer by taking over the operations of New Leaf.“We’re just looking at it from a customer’s perspective and redefining how we look at ULCCs. There’s no rules in the playbook at this moment and we’re making our own and this is just one move towards that.”Discount airlines keep fares low by charging a series of ancillary fees including baggage, seat selection, use of credit cards and food purchases. Some of the world’s largest airlines of this type earn as much as 46 per cent of their revenues from extra fees.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) said it still plans to charge carry-on fees on its low-cost Swoop subsidiary that is scheduled to launch service next summer.Even with fees, Swoop is aiming to cut fares to around 30- to 40-per cent lower than average full-service carriers, said spokeswoman Lauren Stewart.“The choice to pay for extras such as carry-on allows the price-sensitive traveller to make choices on what they value to keep the fare as low as possible,” she said in an email.Swoop has yet to announce initial destinations or fees.Canada Jetlines CEO and director Stan Gadek said it charges for carry-on fees but charges an ultra-low base fare.So-called ancillary fees are generating increasing revenues for airlines around the world.They are expected to generate US$82.2 billion this year, a 22 per cent increase in one year, compared to US$22.6 billion in 2010, according to IdeaWorksCompany, a U.S. research company that tracks airline revenue.Air Canada (TSX:AC) ranked 10th in the world in collecting ancillary fees, bringing in US$1.179 billion in 2016. That equalled 10.4 per cent of its total revenues. Part of those fees come from its travel subsidiary Rouge and 45 per cent come from its frequent flyer program, said IdeaWorks.European ultra low-cost carriers Ryanair and Easyjet were 6th and 7th on the list at nearly US$2 billion and US$1.355 billion, respectively.IdeaWorks said WestJet collected US$302.2 million in fees last year.Air Canada passengers paid US$26.29 per person in ancillary fees, the 15th most of any carrier.That was well behind leader Spirit Airlines at US$49.89 but ahead of Ryanair and Easyjet. WestJet received US$13.77 per passenger.last_img read more

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Official Welcoming Ceremony in Rabat for King Abdullah II

Rabat – King Mohammed VI chaired, on Wednesday at the Mechouar Square in the Rabat Royal Palace, the official welcoming ceremony for the Sovereign of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, who is on an official visit to Morocco. Upon its arrival at Bab Assoufara (gate of ambassadors), the procession of the two sovereigns, King Mohammed VI and King Abdullah II, was escorted by a squad of the Royal Guard cavalry until the Mechouar Square.At the Mechouar Square, King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and the sovereign of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, headed for the VIP stand to salute the national flags while the two countries’ anthems were playing. A 21-gun salute was fired to welcome King Abdullah II.The King and His distinguished guest reviewed afterwards a detachment of the Royal Guard which paid the honours.King Abdullah II, accompanied by Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad Bin Talal, Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs, was then greeted mainly by the head of government, the speakers of the two houses of parliament, the King’s advisors, government members, the high commissioner for planing, the high commissioner for waters, forests and fight against desertification, and the high commissioner for war veterans and former members of the liberation army.King Mohammed VI was then greeted by members of the official delegation accompanying King Abdullah II of Jordan, notably Hani Al-Malki, Jordanian Prime Minister, Fayez Tarawneh, Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court, Ali Al Fazaa, Advisor to the Jordanian Sovereign, Abdallah Ourikat Al Adouan, Adviser to the Jordanian Sovereign, Authorizing Officer of the National Policy Council, Manar Dabbas, Director of Political Affairs at the Royal Hashemite Court, And Ali Hassan El Kayed, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom in Rabat.King Mohammed VI was also greetd by the staff of the Jordanian embassy.The Hashemite Sovereign was then greeted by members of the Honorary Committee, which included Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, and the King’s Ambassador to Jordan, Mohamed Sitri. read more

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Concurrent ed student recognized for community contributions

Krissa DonahueWhen you take into account lectures, seminars and homework, a student’s life can be hectic enough, never mind the extracurricular activities in which they take part.But Krissa Donahue was able to find time through it all to make a significant difference in her community.The fourth year concurrent education student organized an event at Westmount Public School that kick-started the school’s Halloween for Hunger campaign, donating 471 cans of food to the drive for Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.But it didn’t end with just a donation. She invited the school’s Me to We club to listen to a speech on the importance of volunteering by Adam Venning, the volunteer and charities co-ordinator with Brock University Students’ Union.Students then kicked up their heels, learning new moves from Brock Dance instructors, did crafts and refueled on healthy snacks.“Since my event, the school has collected a record amount of cans for Community Care,” a proud Donahue said.Students have donated about 1,000 cans of food.Aspiring to be a primary school teacher, Donahue said she’s passionate about instilling in children the idea of being the best you can be at an early age.Donahue was recognized last week for her efforts by Samsung’s Mobile Canada team, who presented her with a $1,500-scholarship for placing fourth in Samsung’s National Leadership Program. Donahue also won a new Samsung Galaxy S3 for making it into the top-20 in Canada.“I was stunned when I received the phone call from Samsung,” she said. “I never thought going about my daily life would have an impact on others. read more

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Militias have killed civilians in northern DR of Congo UN mission says

MONUC said it had confirmed that the massacre took place principally in Kitenge earlier this month. One faction, under the command of a man called Shinja Shinja – the name means ‘Throat-slitter’ in Swahili – took hostages, tortured, raped and mutilated victims, and drank their blood.Shinja Shinja’s men killed eight members of the Armed Forces of the DRC who used to be part of the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC ex-FAC) on 7 February, causing the FARDC ex-FAC to wreak deadly vengeance on civilians suspected of being allied to the Mayi-Mayi, MONUC said.MONUC appealed to Shinja Shinja’s faction to release its hostages and called for an end to violence on all sides.

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Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States

UN Photo/Manuel EliasHisashi Owada, Senior Judge and President Emeritus of the International Court of Justice, addresses the Security Council during a debate on the maintenance of international peace and security on 17 May 2018.The Court’s legal opinion has helped to inform the Council on choosing a means of resolving disputes, as was the case in 1970, with legal resolution of South Africa’s continued presence in Namibia. He said that the Council could seek the legal opinion of the Court on issues that often are at the root of the conflict; as it did following the Balkan wars of the 1990s, which led to the creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.To strengthen cooperation between the two bodies, he said, the Council could use its discretionary power more often to refer legal disputes to the Court, and consider making more use of the Court’s legal advisory function.He noted that 15 of the 26 requests for advisory opinions came from the General Assembly, and the Council has sought out the Court only on a limited number of cases, such as Israel’s construction of a border fence in 2000 and Kosovo’s declaration of independence, in 2008. International courts were never designed to try any more than a small number of alleged perpetrators…officials in national jurisdictions must take on the lion’s share of this work – Judge Theodor MeronTheodor Meron, President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, said that international criminal justice “is still very much in its infancy, and it is in a highly vulnerable stage of development at present.”“International courts were never designed to try any more than a small number of alleged perpetrators,” he said, and officials in national jurisdictions must take on “the lion’s share of this work.”Mr. Meron suggested the Council develop and adopt objective criteria to assess all credible allegations of international crimes, and serve the interests of the UN membership as a whole, rather than prioritizing their own interests or those of their strategic allies. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderAndrzej Duda, the President of Poland, presides over a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security as Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, delivers a statement on behalf of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres on 17 May 2018.Therefore, the Council could adopt a more open-minded approach, such as recommending that States settle disputes through special settlement mechanisms; a power it has rarely employed. Where States agree to use the International Court of Justice, the Council should ensure that its judgment is properly observed, she said, calling on Member States to consider accepting the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court.“International law is foundational to this Organization and the Security Council has a special role to play in ensuring that it is respected”, she said.Also briefing the Council was Hisashi Owada, Senior Judge and President Emeritus of the International Court of Justice, who said that the crucial question is how the Council and the Court should work together to resolve disputes. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderTheodor Meron, President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, addresses the Security Council during a debate on the maintenance of international peace and security on 17 May 2018.He also encouraged the Council to simply refer possible violations of international law to appropriate judicial actors for further action, rather than being a gate-keeper and “risking becoming stymied in debates about whether or not egregious atrocities occurred in any particular situation or who might be responsible.”Today’s debate was chaired by Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, who urged States and the international community to reject the temptation to place force above law, and fear above trust.“If we call an act of aggression a ‘conflict’, without properly defining the victim and the aggressor; if we call a threat a ‘challenge’ without defining the source of that threat… then we are helpless in terms of selecting legal steps to react,” he said. “Against a backdrop of grave threats and growing turmoil in many regions, the unity of this body and the serious commitment of the entire international community will be crucial in preventing human suffering and defending our common humanity,” declared Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, delivering a statement on behalf of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres.She noted that the UN Charter does not rule out using any specific means of settling international disputes, leaving Member States free to choose from a range of different tools; including negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration and judicial settlement.    read more

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Adams branded an apologist for terrorists after laissez faire remark

first_imgTHE SOLICITOR FOR the family of murdered RUC officer Pat Breen has accused the Sinn Féin leader of attempting to “legitimise the murder”.John McBurney was speaking to Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show in the wake of the Smithwick Tribunal report, which found that there was Garda collusion in the murders of Breen and Robert Buchanan.Gerry Adams told Newstalk Breakfast today that the two RUC officers, who were travelling to Dundalk to discuss cross-border smuggling, had had a “laissez faire” attitude shown towards their security.McBurney told Kenny that he “wasn’t surprised that [Adams] would step forward as an apologist for the terrorists who murdered these two fine officers.”McBurney added that Adams’ attempts to “legitimise what happened” was “abhorrent”.Adams said that the tribunal’s findings that the IRA had received help from gardaí was not something he was aware of, but added that the two murdered men had been “open” about their movements.“I say this with as much sensitivity as I can muster: these two prominent RUC members were sitting in Dundalk Garda Station very openly.”He added that IRA volunteers claimed to have spotted the officers and “noticed a pattern”  in their behaviour: “When you have that type of laissez faire disregard for their own security by both An Garda Síochána in relation to these two RUC officers and more importantly by these two RUC officers themselves.“Here they were at the heart of South Armagh, in the middle of a very, very severe conflict at that time and seemed to think that they were immune from attack by the IRA and tragically, as it turned out for them, that wasn’t the case.“So when you have that type of failure to protect the RUC operatives in the middle of a war then what happened happens “I’m sure the same thing has happened with IRA volunteers who were killed. It wasn’t necessarily intelligence or inside information, it was simply that they made a mistake. This has happened tragically in all conflicts.”Note this article has been updated on 5 December 2013 to include full quotes from Gerry Adams. Read: Smithwick Tribunal: Here’s what happened on the day of the RUC murdersRead: Smithwick Tribunal finds gardaí colluded with IRA in murder of RUC officerslast_img read more

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The ODROIDU is a 69 Exynospowered Raspberry Pieating dev board

first_imgHardkernel’s $129 ODROID-X is a powerful little development board, but the price tag might be a little off-putting for some. Now the company’s offering two new models at price points that are little bit closer to Raspberry Pi territory: the ODROID-U and ODROID-U2.The base model sells for just $69, and it features the same quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 processor found in some Galaxy S3 variants. It’s got 1GB of RAM, an eMMC connector and microSD slot for storage, two USB 2.0 ports, integrated 10/100 Ethernet, a micro HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It measures about two inches square, making the ODROID-U series about half the width of the Raspberry Pi.For an extra $20 you can step up to the ODROID-U2 (insert your own geeky Bono joke here). It’s got a speedier processor — the Galaxy Note 2’s Exynos Prime 4412 clocked at 1.7GHz — 2GB of RAM, a 10% faster Mali-400 GPU, and a 3.5mm audio input jack.Both prices include worldwide shipping and one other nice little bonus. The industrial-chic aluminum heatsink pictured above (which doubles as an semi-open case for the ODROID-U) is included, too. On the firmware side of the equation, Hardkernel is providing downloadable images of both Android and Ubuntu.The ODROID-U2 and ODROID-U will begin shipping on December 21 and January 16 respectively. They’re available for pre-order now, as is an upgraded version of the ODROID-X.Hardkernel is also getting ready to ship the ODROID-X2 with an Exynos Prime 4412, and it’s been priced at $135. It’ll start shipping on December 10.ODroid, via CNX Softwarelast_img read more

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Psychiatric nurses have commenced industrial action at Waterford University Hospital

first_img PSYCHIATRIC NURSES AT Waterford University Hospital today started their industrial action in response to overcrowding and staffing issues.Today’s commencement of industrial action in the Department of Psychiatry and in residential units at Grangemore, St Aiden’s and Ard na Deise involves psychiatric nurses not co-operating with non-nursing duties.Meanwhile, in a direct response to the continuing overcrowding in St Luke’s Acute Psychiatric Unit in Kilkenny, where there were 50 patients in the 44 bed unit at the weekend, nurses there are escalating their industrial action which has been in place since December.A statement from the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) explained how, in both cases, nurses balloted overwhelmingly for action up to and including strike.PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Michael Hayes, said nurses were embarking on industrial action reluctantly, but have been left with no choice.He said: ‘The message to the HSE from today is clear – the current levels of overcrowding in psychiatric units in Waterford and Kilkenny cannot be allowed to continue.“These vital services cannot be delivered adequately and safely in facilities that are regularly overcrowded and understaffed.‘The demand on the mental health services in Waterford and Kilkenny, as in the rest of the country, is constant, and growing.“The current facilities are proving again and again that there is not the capacity to meet those demands and nurses are demanding that the HSE set out clearly how the issues arising from overcrowding and understaffing are going to be resolved in Waterford and Kilkenny once and for all.”Late last year, the PNA highlighted how a lack of resources meant two people admitted to the mental health unit at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) had to spend the night on chairs.Peter Hughes, the PNA’s General Secretary, said accommodating patients on chairs because of the lack of beds is intolerable for patients and their families and upsetting for staff.Read: ‘Totally unacceptable’: Two people spend night on chairs in mental health unit > Psychiatric nurses have commenced industrial action at Waterford University Hospital Industrial action has also escalated in Kilkenny. Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 11:58 AM http://jrnl.ie/3861638 Image: Shutterstock/toeytoey 17 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Share674 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/toeytoey Feb 20th 2018, 11:58 AM Short URL 12,302 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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U2s The Edge is putting cash into a Dublin ticketing startup

first_imgU2’s The Edge is putting cash into a Dublin ticketing startup Several large investment companies are also backing Coras. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3317210 12 Comments Share Tweet Email3 Image: PA/PA Archive/PA Images IRISH TICKETING STARTUP Coras has announced that U2 guitarist The Edge was among a group of investors that recently backed the young company.The firm just completed a €1.9 million funding round led by the ‘Atlantic Bridge University Fund’, a €60 million investment fund for startups emerging from third-level research projects.The fund is the product of a “joint leadership collaboration” between UCD and Trinity College Dublin and was established in June 2016.It is managed by Atlantic Bridge, a global tech fund with over $450 million in assets under management and an office in Dublin.Other participants in the Coras funding round included money manager to the stars Elkstone Capital and investment firm Hambro Perks.Headed up by Mark McLaughlin, Coras makes an app that lets event promoters sell tickets directly through consumer websites.For example, if a traveller buys flights through an airline that has integrated Coras’s software, they’ll be given the option to purchase tickets to music concerts and other events directly through the same website.Ticket suppliers include Nimax Theatres – the UK-based group that owns the London Apollo – and the Ambassador Theatre Group, which is behind a number of popular West End venues. 19,676 Views By Fora Staffcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA/PA Archive/PA Images Apr 1st 2017, 4:00 PM Take me to Fora Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM The Apollo theatre Source: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA ImagesU2 investmentsThe Edge and his U2 bandmates have invested in a number of startups over the years.Most recently, both men pumped money into Irish biotech startup Nuritas.The pair were investors in cloud storage company Dropbox in 2012, while Bono was an early backer of Facebook and Yelp through his investment vehicle Elevation Partners.In 2016, Bono invested €260,000 in Irish scheduling tech startup Bizimply. His brother Norman Hewson is a principal at the company.Commenting on the funding announcement, Coras chief executive Mark McLaughlin said Atlantic Bridge’s “experience in launching and scaling global technology companies will prove invaluable”.He said the young startup believes that ticketing “will no longer solely be the domain of traditional ticket agents, but will broaden to encompass other market leading brands”.McLaughlin spent 10 years working in the live events sector. He founded Ticket ABC, a venue management tool, and set up mobile ticketing agency Ticket Text.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:last_img read more

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Butcher reveals modern footballers face more pressure

first_imgFormer England defender Terry Butcher insists there is more pressure and demand in modern football that players of his generation were not required to handle.Speaking about Celtic striker, who had been giving an extended time off due to battles with depression and mental illness, the 60-year-old insists the presence of social media makes it more difficult.Butcher said, according to Daily Mail:“The stress and depression – was that part of our game and was it pushed under the carpet? You never know.‘It’s sad to think that it was prevalent in our day and that went on. Because you didn’t think it was.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It would have been a case of: Why are you depressed? You’re a footballer, what’s there to be depressed about?”“But it’s so much more prevalent today and there’s so much pressure on younger players today. Not just from fans and family and club but social media.”“It’s awful, a minefield. I’m not on social media, never will be. No chance.. I couldn’t deal with that. That would break you if you really got involved with that.”“In our day it used to be physical strength that got you through games. Now you have to be mentally strong.”“If there are cracks and flaws in your mental fabric that can easily be widened then it can be catastrophic as an individual, never mind a footballer.”last_img read more

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